University of South Florida Sociology & Ethnomethodology Questions

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01. .05 points, 10-45 words > Sociologist C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) was heavily influenced by the ideas of Karl Marx (1818-1883). Karl Marx was an economist not a sociologist but he was concerned with the ways a capitalist economy would effect the lives of people. According to this recent journalistic analysis (Links to an external site.) what did Marx think a capitalist economy did to people?

02. .05 points, 10-45 words > Who do you think would be more inclined to agree with Karl Marx (1818-1883) – sociologist Max Weber (1864-1920), sociologist Émile Durkheim (1858-1917) or psychologist Sigmund Freud (1856-1939)? Explain and defend your response. Need a refresher on Weber? Click here. Durkheim? Here. Freud? Here.

03. .05 points, 10-45 words > Here (Links to an external site.) is how C. Wright Mills understood and interpreted the ideas of Karl Marx. Key here is his concept of the sociological imagination. What, according to Mills, would Moonie’s sociological imagination be? Explain and defend your response. Can’t remember who Moonie is? Click back to where she was first introduced here.

04. .05 points, 10-45 words > Compare the theoretical approaches of C. Wright Mills (1916-1962) and Talcott Parsons (1902-1979). Can’t remember Parsons? Click here.

Critique 2 – The Harold Garfinkel Critique – Take note of the theory ethnomethodology

05. .05 points, 10-45 words > Using your own words explain how is the theory ethnomethodology different from the sub-genre of sociology and anthropology called ethnography? Explain and defend your response. Here (Links to an external site.) is a resource to define ethnomethodology and here (Links to an external site.) is one for ethnography.

06. .05 points, 10-45 words > Both sociologist Harold Garfinkel (1917-2011) and Erving Goffman (1922-1982) thought that sociologists should focus on how society impacts the individual (rather than how the individual interacts with society) but their theoretical approaches, ethnomethodology and dramaturgical theory were very different. How were they different? Explain and defend your response. Want a quick reference for ethnomethodology and dramaturgical theory? Click here (Links to an external site.) for ethnomethodology and here (Links to an external site.)for dramaturgical theory. Don’t Google these terms. It will lead you down a deep dark road to nowhere ;).

07. .05 points, 10-45 words > Harold Garfinkel used to do something called breaching experiments. You can read about them here (Links to an external site.). How is a breaching experiment different from a natural lab experiment or a simulated experiment, which you wrote about here.

Critique 3 – The Dorothy Smith Critique – “Sociologists should be subjective not objective”

08. .05 points, 10-45 words > How did sociologist Dorothy Smith build upon the ideas of Mills and Garfinkel to create her theory feminist standpoint theory? Explain and defend your response. Use this resource here (Links to an external site.) in formulating your response.

Critique 4 – The Patricia Hill Collins Critique – “Not all subjectivities are White”

09. .05 points, 10-45 words > How is Black feminist standpoint theory, as articulated by Patricia Hill Collins here (Links to an external site.) both similar and different from feminist standpoint theory, as articulated by Dorothy Smith, see Q09 above?

10. .05 points, One word > According to this resource (Links to an external site.) and this one (Links to an external site.), was sociologist Anna Julia Cooper still alive when sociologist Patricia Hill Collins became President of the American Sociological Association?

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