DEFINITION OF SOCIOLOGY

1.0 INTRODUCTION You will bear with me that the world today is characterised by high levels of worry, concern and anxiety, for the future and yet full of promises that the future holds. In reality, the world nowadays is known to be characterised by tensions, social divisions, day by day conflicts, international terrorism, assassinations, including…

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POWER

3.0 MAIN CONTENT 3.1 Definition of Power Power has been seen as the ability to ensure compliance despite resistance from the individual involved. It is the ability to compel or influence others to do what they would otherwise not do. A person who has power can impose his will on others. He can do this…

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FAMILY/SOCIETY

1.0 INTRODUCTION Many Sociologists have regarded the family as the cornerstone of society. It forms the basic unit of social organisation and it is difficult to imagine how human society could function without it. Although the composition of the family varies for example, in many societies two or more wives are regarded as the ideal…

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SOCIAL INTERACTIONS

1.0 INTRODUCTION A conversation, a game of cards, a dinner party, making love -what do these activities have in common? They cannot be accomplished by only one person. All are examples of social interactions, in which one person’s action depends on the actions of the other, and vice versa. Social interaction is the result of…

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GROUPS

1.0 INTRODUCTION In the beginning, God made an individual- and then he made a pair. The pair formed a group, together they begat others and thus the group grew. Unfortunately, working in a group led to fiction, the group disintegrated in conflict and Cain settled in the land of Nod -there has been trouble with…

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SOCIAL MOBILITY

1.0 INTRODUCTION The study of social mobility has a long sociological pedigree, extending back to the mid-nineteenth-century writings of Karl Marx and John Stuart Mill, with major contributions in the early twentieth century from Vilfredo Pareto (who proposed a theory of the ‘circulation of elites) and Pitirim Sorokin. The now vast literature on the subject…

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LEADERSHIP/DEFINATION

1.0 INTRODUCTION Leadership is a vital element in the social relationships of groups at work. Groups need leaders and leaders need followers. The academic and management literature on leadership focuses almost exclusively on the individual traits, styles and behaviour that characterise the leaders. Some recent research in leadership has advanced beyond these more simplistic individual…

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SOCIAL STRATIFICATION

1.0 INTRODUCTION Stratification is a very general term referring to a hierarchy of inequality. Traditionally, the term has been applied mostly to societal rather than to other types of social systems. There has been disagreement among analysis in the stratification sense, there is general agreement that it involves “economic”, prestige, and power differences or some…

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AUTHORITY/DEFINATION

1.0 INTRODUCTION Power is seen as the ability to control what other people do, even when they resist. In its raw form, power is the use of intimidation or physical coercion to force someone else to do one’s bidding. All societies distinguish between the legitimate and the illegitimate use of power. For example in Nigeria…

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PUBLIC OPINION AND PROPAGANDA

1.0 INTRODUCTION Among Sociologists, there are two different ways of viewing mass departures from social expectations and normative behaviour. The first, especially common among functionalists, interprets collective behaviour as a symptom that something has “gone haywire” in the social system (i.e. usual methods of social control are not working, and people are behaving irrationally). The…

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