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  • Invitations to sociology: constructing classroom introductions
  • Wagner, Alecia Lynn
  • English
  • sociology
  • Dec 21, 2010 7:10 PM
  • Thesis
  • English
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  • This thesis focuses on a temporally-limited “slice” of the Introductory Sociology course as one way into thinking about how the discipline of sociology is constituted by the same kind of social relations it studies. Invitations to sociology are conceptualized using Goffman’s interactionist theory insofar as these events initiate social relationships between students and instructors that come to discursively constitute the discipline itself. I observed the first two lectures of the course, conducted semi-structured interviews and analyzed syllabi from a convenience sample of five instructors located at two different universities in a mid-sized Western Canadian city. Using a constructivist epistemological frame I offer four interpretations of discursive subject positions that capture participants’ understandings: Client, Engaged Learner, Service Provider, and Sherpa. These subject positions and social relationships highlight the constructed nature of an invitation to sociology while exploring the ideological elements of a social event that normally reside beyond discursive boundaries.
  • Master's
  • Master of Arts
  • Department of Sociology
  • Spring 2011
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