The Sociological Imagination Multiple-Choice Questions



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  1. Why focus on mobile phones in a chapter introducing sociology as a discipline?

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  1. What is sociology? What do sociologists study?

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  1. What is the sociological imagination?

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  1. Durkheim maintains that the sociologist’s task is to study social facts. What are social facts? When do people experience the power of social facts?

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  1. What are currents of opinion? What does studying rates of behavior reveal?

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  1. In the classic book Invitation to Sociology, Peter L. Berger presents sociology as a form of consciousness. Explain.

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  1. In studying patterns of courtship and marriage, what would sociologists emphasize?

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  1. Peter Berger maintains that a “debunking motif” defines the sociological consciousness. Explain.

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  1. Distinguish between troubles and issues. Give an example of how a personal problem is connected to some larger social force.

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  1. What major historical event shaped the discipline of sociology? Why?

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  1. How did the Industrial Revolution affect the nature of work and social interaction?

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  1. Who was Auguste Comte? What is he known for?

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  1. Explain the law of three stages.

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  1. If Comte were alive today what features of the mobile phone would he emphasize?

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  1. For which writing is Marx most famous? What were the key points of that writing?

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  1. Who are the bourgeoisie and the proletariat? How are they connected to the means of production?

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  1. How does the capitalist system promote change?

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  1. If Marx were alive today, how would he write about mobile phones?

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  1. What is solidarity?

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  1. How did Durkheim define suicide?

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  1. Distinguish between egoistic, altruistic, anomic, and fatalistic suicide.

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  1. If Durkheim were alive today, how would he write about mobile phones?

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  1. What is social action? What are the four types? Give an example of each.

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  1. If Weber were alive today, how would he write about mobile phones?

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  1. Explain the phrase “strange meaning of being black.” What life experience may have influenced DuBois’ preoccupation with this phrase?

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  1. According to DuBois, how did the color line come into being?

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  1. If DuBois were alive today, how would he write about mobile phones?

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  1. What is double consciousness?

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  1. Who is Jane Addams? What contributions did she make to sociology?

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  1. If Addams were alive today, how would she write about mobile phones?

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  1. What are the four positions on globalization?

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  1. Describe three assumptions that underlie the global perspective.

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  1. Imagine that you majored in sociology. How would you explain the usefulness of the sociological perspective? What skills would you bring to the workplace?

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