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Final Soc Imagb

  1. 1. Sociological Imagination Soc 153 Southwestern Illinois College B. Wallace
  2. 2. Sociological Imagination <ul><li>Started By C. Wright Mills </li></ul><ul><li>Goal For most Intro Classes </li></ul><ul><li>Thinking Outside The Soc Box </li></ul>
  3. 3. Sociological Imagination <ul><li>Grasp idea of your personal life and history </li></ul><ul><li>“ S eldom aware of the intricate connection between the patterns of their own lives and the course of world history-making in which they might take part.” </li></ul>
  4. 4. Troubles & Issues <ul><li>Troubles </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Occur within our realm, within our personal relations </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deal with Organizations </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can Affect History </li></ul></ul>
  5. 5. Sociologist Ask Three Main Questions <ul><li>We Like to Look at Structure </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Social Structure, Structure of Society, Organizational Structural </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How is Society Changing, </li></ul><ul><li>Why Does Society Change, </li></ul><ul><li>How has ______ changed society </li></ul><ul><li>Who will prevail in this society </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How these chosen few selected </li></ul></ul>
  6. 6. Apply Sociological Imagination To Every Day Things
  7. 7. How To Get This Point Across Sure, Could Use A Beer One of The Best Places for a beer is
  8. 10. My Goal: <ul><li>To understand Sociological Imagination, you have to think in terms of sociology. </li></ul><ul><li>I want you to understand that sociology is just not a class, it is a way of thinking about the world we live in. </li></ul>
  9. 11. Keys to Thinking Sociological <ul><li>Were are taught to look at how things affect us personally, but why not ask yourself how does an issue relate to our society. How does this issue affect my community, my society, my culture and are their inequalities about this issue? </li></ul>
  10. 12. I Know What You Are Thinking Baseball and Sociology Culture Racism Gender Inequalities Socialization Deviance Religion Collective Groups Social Class You Can Apply Baseball to the Following Areas of Sociology
  11. 13. Almost Any Issue You Can Think Of Can Relate to Sociology <ul><li>So is baseball just a game? </li></ul><ul><li>Let me Illustrate Sociological Imagination and Baseball… </li></ul>
  12. 14. Let’s Start With Socialization
  13. 15. How Did You Learn To Follow…
  14. 16. Becoming A Chi Cubs Fan <ul><li>My Grandfather a Cub’s Fan </li></ul><ul><li>My Mom a Cub’s Fan </li></ul><ul><li>My Dad A Red Sox Fan </li></ul>
  15. 17. The Day the Curse Continued <ul><li>1986 World Series… </li></ul><ul><li>A Wild Pitch, then Buckner’s fielding error. </li></ul>
  16. 18. Socialized Into A Team’s History <ul><li>Ask Yourself The Following Questions… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How Did You Learn To Like Certain Team? Was it Due to Family, Peers, or Location? </li></ul></ul>
  17. 19. Socialization and Sports <ul><li>Where Did We Learn The Rules of Baseball? </li></ul><ul><li>Playing In the Neighborhood. </li></ul>
  18. 20. Little League <ul><li>Functions of Little League </li></ul><ul><ul><li>We learn how to interact with team members </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>How to Play the Game? </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Learn The Roles of the Game </li></ul></ul>
  19. 21. Dysfunctions of Little League <ul><li>Parents Living Through Their Children </li></ul><ul><li>Parents Challenging Authority </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“Hey Ump…What Are You Blind” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>What Does This Teach Our Youths? </li></ul>
  20. 22. US History and Baseball
  21. 23. Does Baseball Reflect American Culture? Think about this for a few seconds
  22. 24. 1850 Through 1920
  23. 25. In the 1850’s <ul><li>Baseball Was Played In Communities Throughout The US </li></ul><ul><li>African Americans Were Not Always Allowed To Play Within City Limits </li></ul>
  24. 26. Start of Professional Baseball <ul><li>National Association of Base Ball Players Started in 1858 </li></ul><ul><li>Started With 22 Teams </li></ul>
  25. 27. National Association of Base Ball <ul><li>Excluded Any Team with One or More African American Players </li></ul><ul><li>This Lead to the Creation of The Negro League. </li></ul>
  26. 28. Negro League Baseball <ul><li>Amateur Leagues Started around 1860 </li></ul><ul><li>Professional Teams Started in 1880s. </li></ul>
  27. 29. First African American Professional Player <ul><li>Moses Fleetwood Walker </li></ul><ul><li>First Professional Baseball Player in Major League Baseball, Played for the Toledo Blue Stockings </li></ul>
  28. 30. Negro League History <ul><li>There Were Several Different Leagues Throughout the Period of 1880 till 1940 </li></ul><ul><li>Leagues Suffered Finical Problems </li></ul>
  29. 31. 1930 Through 1960s
  30. 32. Import Events <ul><li>Jackie Robinson Signed with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1945 for $600 a month </li></ul>
  31. 33. Important Events <ul><li>1949 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Negro League Officially Ended </li></ul></ul><ul><li>1954 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Brown vs. Board of Education </li></ul></ul>
  32. 34. Racial Inequalities <ul><li>We tend to forget about baseball assorted past. </li></ul><ul><li>Segregation and Racism Plagued Our Country, and at the same time baseball was segregated from players to fans </li></ul>
  33. 35. Social Class & Baseball Is Baseball still America’s Favorite Sport? Who Makes Up Baseball’s Fan Base?
  34. 39. Goes Back To Socialization <ul><li>Change in Fan Base is Due to Socialization </li></ul><ul><li>More Kids are learning Football & Basketball from Parents </li></ul><ul><li>Fewer and Fewer Children are playing organized Baseball </li></ul>
  35. 40. <ul><li>“ The Reality is that today in most urban African American communities, not only do young people not play baseball, they don’t even watch it” </li></ul><ul><li>Dr. Harry Edwards UC-Berkely </li></ul>
  36. 41. Reality Check <ul><li>Due to Socialization, only 9% of Professional Players Are African American </li></ul><ul><li>Which is about the same percentage in the mid 1950 to 1960s. </li></ul>
  37. 43. Social Class & Baseball
  38. 44. Payroll by Teams
  39. 45. Bottom 5 Payrolls
  40. 46. Payroll Facts Total Payroll for all 30 MLB Teams 2,326,706,685 The top 25 Players Earn a Total of $398,400,000.00 Which is 17.1% of Entire Payroll of MLB Average salary for players is approx 1.6 million Are baseball players worth $1.6 million or more. What is Their Status In Society?
  41. 47. Who Pays For All Of This Who Really Paid For the New Busch Ball Park
  42. 48. Deviance
  43. 49. Cheating <ul><li>Baseball has its own history of cheating </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Deviance has almost been celebrated by the fans </li></ul></ul>
  44. 50. Case of The Spitball <ul><li>Spitballs Outlawed by the game in 1920 </li></ul><ul><li>Still Had 17 Spitball pitchers Until 1930s. </li></ul>MLB Had “legal” Spitball Pitchers Until 1934, as long they admitted to throwing a spitball, it was considered legal
  45. 51. “ Saint” Bill Veeck <ul><li>Owner of Chicago White Sox and also owned Milwaukee Brewers at one Time </li></ul>Installed Moveable Fences in Milwaukee Also Hired Eddie Gaedel Not For His Skill, But Hired Because He was Under 4 Feet Tall
  46. 52. Conspiracy of the Juiced Baseball Highest Fan Ratings came Between 1998 and 2001 Due to Sosa and McGwire There has been an increased Number of home runs has increased since 1998 Is due to better technology, better training methods, Or is there deviance in the Dugout?
  47. 53. Managing the Deviance <ul><li>Major League Baseball Commissioners always took a “hands off” approach towards Baseball’s deviant side </li></ul><ul><li>American Public has always embraced the antics of baseball </li></ul>
  48. 54. Steroids and the Players <ul><li>Is due to Strain? Or pressure Players Feel to Compete </li></ul><ul><li>Public Demand for the Home Run? </li></ul><ul><li>Do Home Runs Sell Tickets? </li></ul><ul><li>Something to Think about </li></ul>
  49. 55. How Fans Feel About The Increase in Home Runs
  50. 56. Conclusion Religion We Accept Open Signs of A Person’s Religion Examples…Rituals of Batters Gender How Would We Feel About Professional Female Baseball Players Collective Behavior How Do Crowds Know How to React or How Do the Crowds Know how to Chant Certain Slogans Let’s Take A Quick Look At Other of Baseball Sociology.
  51. 57. May be This Idea Will Help <ul><li>How Would You Explain Baseball To A Extraterrestrial Being. </li></ul>How Would You Explain All The Different Behaviors That Occur During A Game How Explain Why So Many People Talk About Baseball Throughout The Day Now It Is Your Turn
  52. 58. In Class Assignment <ul><li>Ask the following question: </li></ul><ul><ul><li>How the affected society </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Can it be related to socialization, deviance, etc </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Do not Forget to Look How and Who makes the Product </li></ul></ul>

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