1. Society
    A group of people who shape their lives in aggregated and patterned ways that distinguish their group from other groups
  2. Sociology
    The sysmantic or scienctific study of human society and social behavior, from large scale institutions and mass culture to small groups and individual interactions
  3. social science
    disciplined that use the scientific methods to examine the social world, in contrast to the natural sciences, which examine the physical world
  4. microsociology
    the level of analysis that studies face to face and small-group interactions in order to understand how those interactions affect the larger patterns and institutions of society
  5. macrosociology
     the level of analysis that studies large scale social structures in order to determine how they affec the lives of groups and individuals.
  6. quantitative research
    research that translates the social world into numbers that translates the social world into numbers that can be treated mathematically; this type of research often tries to find cause and effect relationships.
  7. qualitative research
    research that workds with nonnumerical data such as texts, fieldnotes interview transcripts, photograph, and tape recordings, this type of research more often tries to understand how people make sense of their world.
  8. sociological imagination
    quality of the mind that allows us to understand the realtionship between our particualar sistuation in life and what is happening at a social level.
  9. culture shock
    sense of disorientation that occurs when you enter a radically new social or cultural enivornment.
  10. Beginners mind
    approaching the world without preconceptions in order to see things a new way
  11. everyday actor
    one who has the pratical knowledge needed to get through daily life but not necessarily the scientific or technical knowledge of how things work.
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