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  • Three Steps To Group Polarization
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    Polarization Polarization is a tendency to reason only in terms of extremes or opposites. The most common type of polarization is group polarization. Group polarization in general refers to the notion that judgments made by a group tend to be more extreme than judgments made by individual members. The concept of group polarization developed from a notion of the "risky shift". It was originally thought that after group discussion, individuals would make riskier decisions than before. However, res...
  • Individual's Status Within A Group
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    The Psychological definition of a group is broken down into 7 categories: Interaction a group is a collection of individuals who are interacting with one another. Perception of belonging a group consists of 2 or more persons who perceive themselves to belong to a group. Interdependence group members are interdependent. Common goals a group is a collection of individuals who join together to achieve a goal. Needs satisfaction individuals who belong to a group are trying to satisfy some need throu...
  • National Origin Characteristics
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    When we look at physical characteristics such as skin color from the social definition perspective, there is no clear meaning, but these characteristics do have what is referred to as social meaning. Pierre van den Berg he defined a racial group as a "human group that defines itself and / or is defined by other groups as different from other groups by virtue of innate and immutable physical characteristics" (8). Racial group distinctions are based upon ideological racism, which links physical qu...
  • Person's Behavior And Social Attitudes
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    Chapter 1 anomie Emile Durkheim's designation for a condition in which social control becomes ineffective as a result of the loss of shared values and of a sense of purpose in society. conflict perspectives the sociological approach that views groups in society as engaged in a continuous power struggle for control of scarce resources. functionalist perspectives the sociological approach that views society as a stable, orderly system. high-income countries nations with highly industrialized econo...
  • Stereotypical Judgement's Of Group Characteristics
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    Critically evaluate the cognitive theory of stereotyping. B 231: Social Interaction, Exam Paper 1998, Question 4. Graeme Gordon Stereotyping is a form of pre judgement that is as prevalent in today's society as it was 2000 years ago. It is a social attitude that has stood the test of time and received much attention by social psychologists and philosophers alike. Many approaches to, or theories of stereotyping have thus been raised. This essay evaluates the cognitive approach that categorization...
  • One Leader
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    William Foote Whyte Corner BoysWhyte's hypothesis was to study the bases of group cohesion, and of the subordination, super ordination of its members; and to work out and determining the position of corner gangs in the social structure of the community. On one of his research methods he observes that when the leader originates action for the group, he does not act as if his followers were all of equal rank. He uses the "Millers" as examples of this observation. Where one leads convinces two main...
  • Social Mores Of The Brodie Set
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    Muriel Spark's The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie depicts the coming of age of six adolescent girls in Edinburgh, Scotland during the 1930's. The story brings us into the classroom of Miss Jean Brodie, a fascist school teacher at the Marcia Blaine School for Girls, and gives close encounter with the social and political climate in Europe during the era surrounding the second World War. Spark's novel is a narrative relating to us the complexities of politics and of social conformity, as well as of non...
  • Obedience To Authority
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    Conformity and Obedience The desire to be accepted and belong to a group is an undeniable human need. But how does this need affect an individual? Social psychologists have conducted numerous experiments and concluded that, through various forms of social influence, groups can change their members' thoughts, feelings, and behavior. In her essay "Group Minds", Doris Lessing discusses our paradoxical ability to call ourselves individuals and our inability to realize that groups define and influenc...
  • Traditions Of Different Social Groups
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    1. Social action is defined as day to day decisions and actions of individuals within the social world. Social actions both influence and are patterned and influenced by social structure. According to Marx's theory, in order for the potential of social action occurring to take place a society must face resistance and revolution. According to Marx's theory societies are already divided into two main groups, the bourgeoisie and the proletariat. The bourgeoisie are the upper class who are owners of...
  • Kinship Structure And The Kin Groups
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    The Kalapalo Indians The Kalapalo Indians of Central Brazil are one of a few surviving indigenous cultures that is uniquely protected by a national reserve in lowland South America. Through no effort of there own, they have been isolated artificially from Brazilian social and economic influences that reach almost every other Indian tribe in Brazil. This unusual situation has made it possible for theKalapalo's culture to be undisturbed by the outside world and the surrounding tribes. Much of Kala...
  • The Authoritarian's Membership Group
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    Zimbardo et al (1995) have defined prejudice as a learned attitude toward a target object, involving negative affect dislike or fear and negative beliefs stereotypes that justify the attitudes. Theories if the origins of prejudice fall into the major categories (i) prejudice stemming from personality variables, and (ii) those which emphasize the interaction between personal and social variables. In 1950, Adorno, Frankel Brunswick, Levinson and Sanford proposed the concept of the authoritarian pe...
  • Ghetto And The Urban Village
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    The ghetto and the urban village are two very distinct phenomena. They differ fundamentally both in their structure and in their function. In this essay I hope to outline the difficulties in distinguishing between them and then arrive at a functional definition of the two phenomena. Furthermore there have been a number of differing theoretical and methodological approaches to their analysis. Of these, I shall outline and contrast the humanist, marxist and quantitative approaches to the ghetto an...
  • Members Of The Ethnic Groups
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    Groups are the essence of life in a society for the reason that everyone is born into one, such as to a mother and father. Your family, church congregation, faculty at a university, and sports teams whether professional or not are all examples of groups. In a general sense, {! 0 } Groups are people who have something in common and who believe that what they have in common is significant. {! 1 } Societies are the largest and most difficult groups that are studied by social scientists. They are pe...
  • Distinct Social Groups
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    Three distinct social factions formed among the characters in The Crucible by the end of the first act. In terms of the trails, these groups consisted of the prosecutors, the judges, and the defendants. However, many other factors came in to play, extending the legal factions to cover distinct social groups. In fact, social standing is what bound the different sides of the case. The prosecutors were a group of women not yet twenty. These girls seem to have a history of spite and vengefulness. As...
  • Network Group Project Social Technologies
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    1. Introduction Biopolitics, a field of research employing biological concepts, data, and methods in political science, took shape in the West (originally in the USA) in the 60's and 70's. To a considerable extent, this development can be regarded as a "response" to a conceptual crisis in political science within the United States as some political scientists expressed their concern about the insufficient attention given to human nature and, more generally, inadequate conceptual foundations of p...
  • Cherry's Fondness For Pony Boy
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    "The Outsiders" Francis Ford Coppola's film "The Outsiders" is a 1980's melodrama, based on teenage behavior in the 1950's. The film is about two groups of teenagers who attend the same high school and live in the same town, but lead radically different lives. One group, known as The South-Side Socials (more casually called "socs"), is the more privileged group. The second group, The Greasers, are the less privileged kids, who just so happen to live on the wrong side of town. These two groups ha...
  • Small Social Groups
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    In a world where there are books that show the proper way to pitch a baseball, on how to build better relationships, on self improvement, studies on any number of topics, why wouldnt there be any for something so essential and important to our lives For this reason, it would be a good idea to observe, study and write about groups. We must look into our lives to get a better perspective on how important this issue is and the impact of those studying this topic. We live in a time where companies a...
  • Social Role And Institutions And Social Groups
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    Seventy male students at Stanford University were asked to participate in an experiment designed by Dr. Philips Zimbardo. Students were paid to give up their vacation and volunteer for the simulated prison experience in the basement corridor of a classroom building. By a flip of a coin, half were designated as prisoners and the others as guards. The guards were instructed to establish their own rules to maintain law and order. Dr. Zimbardo designed this experiment to study prison life - whether ...
  • Very Important Socialization Agent
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    There is a certain foundation that I wish to establish before I attempt to discuss this question. Certain key terms that need to be thoroughly defined for easier understanding of the whole issue of socialization agents or agents of socialization. Socialization agents refers primarily to the persons by which and the setting in which the process of socialization is accomplished. Socialization agents are divided into two groups, i.e. (i) Primary groups and (ii) Secondary groups. Groups basically ha...

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