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Week 12 - Micro Social Theories + Experiments

1.  Consult your Class Notes on what a micro perspective is in sociology based upon

John Smith (2008) - screened in class


2.  Consult your Class Notes on

> Social psychological field studies on childhood development/socialization

> Remember: the work of Jean Piaget, Lawrence Kohlberg, Carol Gilligan and that they are rooted in the work of Sigmund Freud (i.e., psychology and psychoanalysis)

> Jean, Lawrence and Carol ask: When do people develop a sense of self, a moral conscious, the ability to care?

A little fictional story filled with some little biographies to put together with the above theories

Pay close attention to the story that follows > A small detail from it will be on the Quiz next week!

> TAL - 27, The Cruelty of Children, Act 2, "The Man In The Well" (1996) - 17 minutes

3. Consult your Class Notes on

> Symbolic Interactionism - George Herbert Mead


> The Looking-Glass Self - Charles Horton Cooley


> Dramaturgical theory - Erving Goffman


> The story of Anne - the girl who found out she was going to die + so decided to live two lives + know how to use the above theories in explaining her story

4. Consult your Class Notes on the difference between Symbolic Interactionism + Dramaturgical Theory

> Erving Goffman's idea about Total Institutions

> Make sure you know the story of Robert Dixon from the previous page

> Consult your notes on the story of Vincent Simmons and re-watch below



Some more stories about Total Institutions
Take note of all the Little Biographies in these stories
Take note of the Research Methodology inadvertently used by Adrian Schoolcraft

TAL - 439, A House Divided, "Prologue" (2002) - 6 minutes

Pay close attention to the story that follows > A small detail from it will be on the Quiz next week!

TAL - 414, The Right To Remain Silent, Act 2, "Tape Recorder" (2002) - 41 minutes

TAL 447, Old Boys Network, Act 1, "Messing With The Bull" (2011) - 28:05 minutes

Pay close attention to the story that follows > A small detail from it will be on the Quiz next week!

TAL 211, Naming Names, Act 3, "Beating the Erasers" (2002) - 21 minutes

5.  Experiments

Natural Lab

> The Small World Experiment (1967)

Pay close attention to the story that follows > A small detail from it will be on the Quiz next week!

TAL - 27, The Cruelty of Children, Act 3, Human Nature ... (1996) - 11 minutes

> TAL 245, "Does Niceness Pay?" - 10 minutes

Simulated Lab

> Philip Zimbardo's iconic simulated experiment - The Stanford Prison Experiment (1973) - 30 minutes

Clinical Lab

Here is a that classic Clinical Lab Experiment about gratification

Stanley Milgrim's Obedience To Authority Experiment - 12 minutes

6. So we have made our way back to that pop master Stanley Milgrim!

> Some insight into his Obedience To Authority Experiment, posted above