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Does the functionalism view of sociology assume that institutions are intentionally designed to serve their functions?

From my limited knowledge, the structural-functional view focuses on the functions of different institutions. However, that doesn't state what created these institutions in the first place. Even if ...
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Analysis of psychology/sociology of fashion?

I'm looking for some good place to start read about sociology of fashion. I guess there are some researches about why people "invented" fashion and is it some natural for human as a biological species ...
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How would you explain within sociological theory the phrase “You are making a scene!”, when an individual drops its act/role in public?

Since there is not sociology stackexhange to my knowledge, I believed it would be the best to post this question here. From sociological theory it is conceptualized by Erving Goffman that individuals ...
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Why does the Elaboration Likelihood Model not account for truthfulness of the message?

This is a sample problem with the answer I am stuck on: Question: According to the elaboration likelihood model, which of the following does NOT predict whether a message will be persuasive? A....
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What is a background assumption? [closed]

What is meant by background assumption?
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~20% threshold for perceiving minority populations as “others”?

Many years ago I read an article that said something along the lines of minority populations stop being "noticed" when they cross a threshold of something like 20%. Below 20% or so they are perceived ...
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Appropriate age grouping for studying linguistic development

I am publishing a survey on a crowdsourcing platform to study how people of different ages perceive certain aspects of non-literal language. The platform allows me to target people with ages in ...
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How are role and behaviour connected?

Let us look at definitions first. A role (also rôle or social role) is a set of connected behaviors, rights, obligations, beliefs, and norms as conceptualized by people in a social situation. It ...
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Does denying climate change work similar to believing the earth is flat?

I have a vague idea how believing in a flat earth may work. (Not enough to write it down) But it still irritates me that an appreciable fraction of the general population in the US deny that climate ...
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Psychology of disrespect and being proud of law breaking. How does it work and how to combat it?

I'm gonna talk about Russia. :) I'm not interested in foreign policy, relations, for this question... maybe just a tiny bit. A little preamble. After the collapse of the Soviet Union (hereinafter S....
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Easy-to-use simulations of human behavior

I'm interested in simulations of human behavior. Nicky Case has done some really good ones: https://ncase.me/trust/ - A simulation of repeated prisoner's dilemma under different scenarios, showing ...
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How can psychologists define 'mental health' when we know quite little about complexities of human life? [closed]

Erich Fromm in his The Sane Society (1955) argued that mental health should not be defined merely in terms of the person's harmony with his/her society. He believed that a society, as a whole, could ...
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Is the negative correlation between (higher) moral judgement and authoritarianism and/or ethnocentrism confirmed?

I found an interesting 1989 study by van Ijzendoorn [negatively] correlating the level of moral judgment, measured using Kohlberg dilemmas, with some measure of authoritarianism and another of ...
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Whats analysis of both sides is called in psychology?

What is the scientific term or psychological term for visualizing a phenomenon, news or event in history or in daily life from both perspective. For example some event that happened in your country or ...
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Do social classes hang more with the same social class?

Do social classes hang more with the same social class? Further, how "reasonable" phenomenon this is?
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When and how did public nudity and sex become shameful and unacceptable? [closed]

I am thinking about it from the evolutionary perspective. For nudity, I thought that maybe nude bodies may be associated with a higher probability of infection and diseases due to exposed parts. I ...
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Any studies as to whether internet groups create even more groups, ideologues and “separation” than pre-internet?

Any studies as to whether internet groups create even more groups, ideologues and "separation" than pre-internet? Since I've speculated that in the internet age we may be seeing even more "groups ...
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Can gamification lead to better group cooperation? [closed]

I was wondering. Would it be possible to stimulate an individuals sense of group by gamification? For those who don’t know, gamification is a method of making a game out of the mundane. For example:...
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Shipbuilding experiment about leader selection

I heard about an international research that was conducted more than 25 years ago. The following was the experiment: 25 teams, eight members per team, each team member with the same nationality had ...
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Empirical proof for social network models

I've recently encountered the domain of social network modelling while reading the papers on models of strategic voting (unpublished), opinion dynamics and influence spread. All of these papers ...
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Share of happy marriages [closed]

I have googled quite alot to find any scientific statistics on any estimates of what share of all marriages consider themselves successfull. I understand that happiness is hard to measure, but is ...
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What kind of data structuring is conducive to healthy debate? [closed]

I was just thinking, if we as humans want to sort out our differences of opinion on, say, politics or religion, what would be a good means to debate such a concept while at the same time make everyone ...
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Differences between baseline trust of stranger across cultures

When encountering a new person, does the baseline level of trust (thinking the new person is "good") and it's change as result of new evidence, vary across cultures? I can imagine controlling for ...
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Problem with IQ tests in Murray's “The Bell Curve”?

Murray's The Bell Curve came up in a discussion recently. I have a very clear memory of reading a review of the book at the time it came out. The reviewer claimed that one of the many problems with ...
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Literacy and other traits of social network users vs. the larger society

Have sociological researches been made on the levels of literacy, culture, shared ethical values among the users of the many existing social networks compared to the larger national societies the ...
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What does it even mean to have a male/female brain?

I have began taking a class on the sociology of gender and how gender is more malleable than previously thought and that femininity and masculinity exists in a continuum. What does this actually imply ...
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Do school teachers demand more from their children than other students?

Lets assume that there is a group of students and one teacher (typical school situation). Child of the teacher is in that group. Is there any evidence, that school teachers demand more from their ...
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Effect of enactive cognition on gender

I'm doing a PhD in archaeology and assyriology (cuneiform writing; Sumerian language), exploring the process of gendering that deities underwent during the 3rd millennium BC. I'm looking into using ...
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Does society swing back and forth from one extreme to the other?

Consider 2 groups of any number of persons. Assume that the "dominant" group acts without any regard for the other group. Assume that there seem to be no consequences in the short time for the ...
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How can we realize when a sociological question is impossible to answer?

In my language there is a famous common sense statement which tells the populations are swinging back and forth from one extreme to the other. The idea behind is that, at a sociological level, the ...
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What study examined the effect of number of traumatic life events on falling into poverty?

I recall a study that concluded the risk of falling into poverty / homelessness increases dramatically after experiencing 5 (or 7?) traumatic life events, such as Death of a loved one Abandonment by ...
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Are there cultures in which leadership/hierarchy does not exist?

Unproven statement: Human cultures depend on the concept of leadership/hierarchy. All the cultures I've seen until now depend on this concept. But I may be mistaked: It might be possible that my ...
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Publicly available social networks in apes and hunter-gatherer societies

Social network analysis is an indiscpensable tool for sociology, and is becoming increasing popular in anthropology, social-psychology and other fields. There are many papers that examine the ...