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Study Questions: Chapter 1

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1. Discuss the definition of sociology and the usefulness of defining the discipline. Use examples to illustrate your points.

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2. Briefly contrast the major sociological contributions of Karl Marx and Max Weber that are presented in the text.

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3. Explain what the symbolic interactionist approach is and how it differs from the conflict and structural functionalist approaches.

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4. Distinguish between professional, critical, policy, and public sociology.

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5. Who was Carl Addington Dawson (1887–1964)?

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6. What is standpoint theory?

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7. What is the significance of John Porter’s work?

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8. Describe what the sociological imagination is and apply it to the issue of unemployment.

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9. Discuss, briefly, the significance of Foucault’s Archeology of Knowledge.

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