Social Groups and Organizations
How do primary groups differ from secondary groups? Use examples from your own life to explain.
Have you ever been a member of a bureaucracy? How do you know it was a bureaucracy? Did it function as an ideal type?
What reference groups do you use? What kinds of comparisons do you make between the individuals in your reference groups and yourself? What are the problems with using this group as a reference group?
What are the positive and negative aspects of group dynamics?
Over 100 years ago, Durkheim identified three characteristics that made a person more vulnerable to committing suicide. What are these characteristics, and how applicable are they today?