Social Groups: Crash Course Sociology (Video)
“Social Networks: the Value of Variety” by Bonnie Erickson (Available via OhioLINK)
“Connecting Communities: On and Offline” by Barry Wellman (Available via OhioLINK)
“Why Hazing Happens” by Neeraj Rajasekar
The Oracle of Bacon
Describe the types of social groups and their importance in social life
OER Text Material
Sociology: Understanding and Changing the Social World, 6.1.1. This section defines and differentiates social groups from categories and aggregates. It also defines primary groups, secondary groups, reference groups, in/out-groups, and networks.
Section 1: Supplementary Material (Videos and Reading)
Video Summary: “How do the groups that you're part of affect you? How do you, in turn, affect those groups? Today we are talking about how people in society come together with a look at social groups. We’ll look at what social groups are, the different kinds of groups that exist, group dynamics, leadership, conformity, networks and more!”
Contexts Vol. 2, Iss. 1, February 2003, pp. 25-31 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK). Abstract: “People are healthier and happier when they have intimates who care about and for them. But they also do better when they know many different people casually.”
Contexts Vol. 3 Iss.4, November 2004, pp.22-28 (NOTE: Available via OhioLINK). Abstract: “The Internet is no longer a separate world for the techno-savvy. Tens of millions of people around the world now go online daily. Rather than isolating users in a virtual world, the Internet extends communities in the real world. People use it to connect in individualized and flexible social networks rather than in fixed and grounded groups.”
There’s Research on That!, November 24, 2015. This blog entry catalogues sociological research on hazing that suggests hazing is a part of in-group dynamics that foster greater social cohesion and sense of membership in spite of individual opposition to the practice.
Section 2: Data
The “Six Degrees of Kevin Bacon” game provides an easily comprehensible introduction to the logic of social networks.