SOC101 Introduction to Sociology Assignment 1 Solution Spring 2013

Assignment 01
In sixteenth century and later on in Europe coffee centers were considered as centers of gossip and political intrigue for the elites in the past and now the same culturehas expanded to the middle class as well. Friends and families spend their time in these shops in order to have some fun as well as discuss important issues of surroundings. Suppose you go to a Coffee house with your friends. You found three paintings by Brughel hanging over there. The main theme of the paintings is derived from 16th century (era of development of the discipline of sociology). In a first look paintings portrayed a large number of people engaged in a range of bizarre activities. The painting first seems to make a little sense but in reality it has in-depth social happenings in it.
Picture 01
Picture 02
Picture 03
1. Have a look at the paintings given above; your task is to critically analyze each painting from the social context given by the following perspectives and give logical reasoning to justify your answer: 15
1. The Structural-Functional
2. The Social-Conflict
3. The Symbolic-Interaction
2. How the social situations presented in each painting provide a conflicting context for other school
of thought? Explain with examples. 5
Steps to attempt the assignment:
Firstly, critically analyze pictures one by one from each school of thought Secondly, try to extract the social context of each picture Thirdly, relate the social context presented in the picture with all three perspectives Lastly, compare and contrast how these pictures present diversified view of society as per sociological perspectives


Picture 01

The Social-Conflict Paradigm

The social conflict framework sees society as an arena of inequality that generates conflict and change. Unlike structural-functional paradigm, which emphasizes solidarity, this approach highlights division based on inequality.

Picture 02

The Symbolic-Interaction Paradigm

The symbolic interaction paradigm provides a micro-level orientation, meaning a focus on social interaction in specific situations.

Picture 03

The Structural-Functional Paradigm:

It is a framework for building theory that sees society as a complex system whose parts work together to promote solidarity and stability.

The paradigm is based on the idea that:

1. Our lives are guided by social structure i.e. relatively stable patterns of social behavior. Social structure gives our lives shape, whether it is in families, the workplace, or the classroom.

2. Social structures can be understood in terms of their social functions, or consequences for the operation of society as a whole. All social structures – from simple handshake to complex religious rituals – function to keep society going. All social structures contribute to the operation of society.

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Q. 2

iska answer is tara hoga k teeno pics k schol of thoughts me jo jo chiz difrent (conflicting context) ha usko ikatha kar k likhna ha. or sath choti choti exampls de den….