College and Society An Introduction to the Sociological Imagination

ISBN-10: 0205305563
ISBN-13: 9780205305568
Edition: 2001
Authors: Stephen Sweet
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Description: A brief supplemental text for introductory sociology that uses familiar examples from a college or university setting to teach students to think of society in terms of social groups and forces. College and Society is based on the premise that  More...

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Book details

List price: $62.60
Copyright year: 2001
Publisher: Allyn & Bacon, Incorporated
Publication date: 1/3/2001
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 150
Size: 6.00" wide x 9.00" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.814
Language: English

A brief supplemental text for introductory sociology that uses familiar examples from a college or university setting to teach students to think of society in terms of social groups and forces. College and Society is based on the premise that colleges are not ivory towers that stand in contrast to the larger society. Rather, the author argues that colleges tend to reflect many of the same social structures, culturally based expectations of social conduct, and patterns of interaction. By examining their immediate surroundings, college students can learn about the social processes at work in the larger society, and begin to develop a sociological imagination.

Acknowledgments
College, Society, and the Sociological Imagination
The Sociological Imagination
Sociology and Individualism
Colleges as Total Institutions
Levels of Analysis
Looking Ahead: Framing College Society through Sociological Perspectives
The Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
The Feminist Perspective
The Organizational Perspective
Conflict and Functionalist Perspectives
The Merits of Shifting Perspectives
References
Fraternity Hazing: Insights from the Symbolic Interactionist Perspective
Pledging as a Rite of Passage
Symbolic Interactionist Theory
Definitions of Situations
Material Selves and Social Selves
The Looking-Glass Process
Role Taking and the Objectified Self
Discussion: Sociologically Informed Strategies to Counter Fraternity Hazing
References
Gender, Inequality, and College Society
Gender in a Stratified Society
Socialization and Gender Inequality
Gender Role Conflicts
Normative Alternatives
Can the Forces of Gender Socialization Be Countered?
Discrimination and Gender Inequality
Intentional Discrimination
Unintentional Discrimination
Institutional Discrimination
Can Discrimination Be Countered?
References
The Janus Face of College Bureaucracy
A Historical Look Back: College Life Prior to Bureaucratization
Bureaucracies as Rational Organizations
Bureaucracy as an Ideal Type
Mass Production and Scientific Management
The Irrational Consequences of Bureaucratization
Dehumanization
The Limits of Impersonality
The Dysfunctionality of Hierarchy
The Dysfunctionality of Specialization
McDonaldization of Society
Discussion: Coping with the Iron Cage
References
College Athletics, Cohesion, and Exploitation
Sports as Reflective of Culture
Sports and Cohesion
The Manifest and Latent Functions of Sports
Sports and the Creation of Group Boundaries
Summary of Sports and Social Cohesion
Sports and Social Conflict
Reproducing Class and Ethnic Inequality in College Sports
Reproducing Gender Inequality in College Sports
Sports and Hegemony
Summary of Sports and Social Conflict
Discussion
References
Studying College and Society: A Field Guide
Sociological Methods and Folk Methods
Sociology as a Science
Forming Research Questions
Conceptualizing
Selecting a Methodology
Surveys
Unobtrusive Observation
Experiments
Field Observation
Further Concerns: Sampling
Ethics and Social Research
Conclusion
References
Afterword
Index

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