This lesson explores some of the different ways we organize our lives in groups. Here you will gain some of the analytic tools you can use to understand the specific groups we’ll be investigating later in the semester. Concepts such as peer pressure, teamwork, bureaucratization, and anomie can be fruitfully applied to analyses of families, work and volunteer organizations, political groups, and religious communities. Consider this lesson an introduction to group dynamics in general—a springboard from which to begin our sociological analysis of particular types of groups. During the week, think about the groups you belong to and how they affect your values and behavior.
By the end of this lesson, you will be able to:
Describe how sociologists define groups, organizations and networks.
Distinguish between theoretical perspectives on groups.
Analyze how personal identity is related to groups.
Politics (Just the parts about power and authority.)
Discuss: Crip Camp¶
Just down the road from Woodstock, in the late 1960s and early 1970s, a parallel revolution blossomed in a ramshackle summer camp for disabled teenagers. Steeped in the humor and music of the era, Crip Camp explores the universal experience of summer camp awakenings that would transform lives and shape the future of the disability rights movement. Told from the point of view of former camper Jim LeBrecht, the film traces the journeys of campers up to the present day, in this compelling and untold story of a powerful journey towards inclusion. ida
We will use the documentary film Crip Camp as an opportunity to identify and evaluate group and socialization concepts. We will watch it together during class.
Be sure to have the movie ready to go at the start of class.
Login to the course Slack by 9:30am and say hi to your group!
social identity theory
The least you need to know¶
Theoretical perspectives on groups
Conformity and groupthink (Khan Academy)
Conformity and obedience (Khan Academy)
Asch conformity studies (Khan Academy)
Events that inspired the Milgram studies on obedience (Khan Academy)
Milgram experiment on obedience (Khan Academy)
What can we learn from the Milgram experiment (Khan Academy)
Zimbardo prison study The Stanford prison experiment (Khan Academy)
A closer look at the Stanford prison experiment (Khan Academy)
Factors that influence obedience and conformity (Khan Academy)