Ch 4: Social Groups in Sociology

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The Social Groups in Sociology chapter of this Topics in Sociology course is the most efficient way to study classism and stratification in the field of sociology. This chapter uses simple and fun lessons that take about five minutes to complete, plus includes lesson quizzes and a chapter exam to ensure you understand the essential concepts associated with social groups in sociology.

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This chapter summarizes the material students need to know about social groups for a standard sociology course. Topics covered include:

  • Examples of class privilege
  • Definition of American classism
  • Presence of classism in the media, education, and schools
  • Claude Steele's stereotype threat experiment
  • Definition of the closed class system
  • Ohlin and Cloward's delinquency and opportunity theory
  • Historical overview of classism
  • Karl Marx's class conflict theory
  • Closed vs. open stratification systems
  • Children and social media
  • Social movements of Charles Tilly
  • Explanation of civil inattention
  • Description of class stratification

20 Lessons in Chapter 4: Social Groups in Sociology
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Class Privilege: Definition & Examples

1. Class Privilege: Definition & Examples

In this lesson, we'll talk about class privilege, or the subtle and sometimes not-so-subtle ways that access to important resources is determined by our social class position.

Classism in America: Definition & Examples

2. Classism in America: Definition & Examples

Did you know that the exclusion of poor people in American media is an example of classism? In this lesson, we will learn more about classism in America from examples.

Classism in Schools & Education

3. Classism in Schools & Education

In this lesson, we'll talk about classism, or the process of discrimination based on class position, in U.S. schools. We'll talk about how race and class interact to produce unequal schools.

Classism in the Media

4. Classism in the Media

This article will give you a brief introduction to classism in the media we consume. Whether it is TV, movies, advertisements or the news, media helps perpetuate certain ideas about class and wealth that are harmful and even oppressive to most people. How does viewing wealth and poverty through popular media influence how we see people who are in a different class from us, both in stories and in real life?

Claude Steele's Stereotype Threat Experiment

5. Claude Steele's Stereotype Threat Experiment

This lesson looks at the original experiment, designed by Dr. Claude Steele, to determine whether people would confirm negative stereotypes about their group. The discussion includes how the experiment was designed, how the participants were grouped and what the results of the experiment were.

Closed Class System in Sociology: Definition & Examples

6. Closed Class System in Sociology: Definition & Examples

There is perhaps nothing so frustrating as a lack of opportunity. In a closed class system, you remain at the economic and social level where you were born. In this lesson, we will define the closed class system and explore some examples.

Cloward and Ohlin's Delinquency and Opportunity Theory

7. Cloward and Ohlin's Delinquency and Opportunity Theory

In this lesson, we'll talk about a theory of delinquency and opportunity theory developed by theorists Richard Cloward and Lloyd Ohlin. These two criminologists suggest that lack of opportunity leads to the formation of criminal subcultures.

History of Classism

8. History of Classism

There is no way to cover the entirety of what classism means in a short article, but this article will give you a brief introduction to the history of classism, and how it interacts with other kinds of prejudice and oppression.

Karl Marx's Theory of Class Conflict

9. Karl Marx's Theory of Class Conflict

This lesson looks at the division that Karl Marx saw in societies throughout history. His theory of class struggle between those who control production and those who produce is discussed.

Open vs. Closed Stratification Systems

10. Open vs. Closed Stratification Systems

In an open stratification system, your choices help determine your social status. In a closed stratification system, your social status is defined at birth. In this lesson, we will compare open and closed stratification systems.

Social Media and Children

11. Social Media and Children

Many are quick to highlight the dangers of social media for children, but there are benefits as well. In this lesson, we'll explore the positives and negatives of social media, and learn how parents can guide their children's social media use.

Summary of Charles Tilly's Social Movements

12. Summary of Charles Tilly's Social Movements

In this lesson, we'll talk about how the sociologist Charles Tilly defines social movements. We'll talk about his definition, what social movements do, and what they need to be successful.

What Is Civil Inattention? - Definition & Example

13. What Is Civil Inattention? - Definition & Example

This lesson looks at the sociology term civil inattention. The term is defined as it applies to the work of Erving Goffman and several examples of how people use this skill in cities are examined.

What Is Class Stratification? - Definition & Examples

14. What Is Class Stratification? - Definition & Examples

This lesson covers the concept of class stratification, or the divisions within our society based on one's position in the social hierarchy. A system of stratification means people have different and unequal access to important resources.

Status Frustration: Definition & Theory

15. Status Frustration: Definition & Theory

In this lesson, we'll talk about the theory of status frustration, which the sociologist Albert Cohen developed to explain why working class boys engage in delinquent behavior.

Courtesy Stigma: Definition & Examples

16. Courtesy Stigma: Definition & Examples

Did you know that having a stigmatized condition can negatively impact not only the person suffering with it, but also their family and friends? In this lesson we will discuss courtesy stigma by looking at two examples.

Deindividualization: Definition, Theory & Examples

17. Deindividualization: Definition, Theory & Examples

What causes rioting in crowds? Why do people act differently as part of a crowd than as an individual? The theory of deindividualization suggests that when we're part of an anonymous crowd we're more likely to do things we normally would not.

Differential Socialization: Definition, Theory & Examples

18. Differential Socialization: Definition, Theory & Examples

Gender roles are societal constructs that are developed in children over time. This lesson reviews the definition and theory behind differential socialization as well as offering examples of this concept.

Total Institution: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

19. Total Institution: Definition, Characteristics & Examples

According to the sociologist Erving Goffman, boarding schools have more in common with cults than we may think. In this lesson we'll look at his concept of total institutions, which are places or organizations whose members are very similar, and are separate from society at large.

Claude Levi-Strauss: Biography, Theory & Structuralism

20. Claude Levi-Strauss: Biography, Theory & Structuralism

Claude Levi-Strauss is one of the most famous anthropologists who ever lived. In this lesson, we'll talk about his life and legacy as well as his contributions to the theory of structuralism, the idea that human thought and culture are made up of universal patterns.

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