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Downton Abbey

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Sara Byron

on 4 May 2014

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Transcript of Downton Abbey

1912 - British Post Edwardian period
Aristocratic Crawley family
Generations of living in Downton w/o obstacles
Now facing threat and change - Inheritance? Plot revolves around this tumult
Season 1 Summary
Downton Abbey
Characters -
Noble Family
Nobles vs. Servants
Noble Hierarchy
Servants Hierarchy
Gender differences
Social Organization and Cultural Worldview
Connecting the Theories
Servants vs. Nobles
Cultural differences
Sarah O'Brien and Cora
Human nature (Gwen)
Sybil - rallies, rights, fashion
Gwen - new job
Historical analysis
"One must turn back... in order to arrive at an understanding of humanity as it is at present." - Durkheim
Knowledge comes from reason and experience
Religion has a mainly implicit presence
Society based on exchange practices
Early French
Social Theory
Project by Sara Byron, Natalie Ihnat, Carly Lyon, and Mira Saxe-Smith
Structural Functionalism
Anti - Feminism
Mary - has to marry
Female Servants
Men in Charge
Characters - Servants
Explains social cohesion
Society analogous living body - cannot work w/o key parts - equilibrium
Social cohesion b/c of structure
Stronger Theories:
Marxism - Social Hierarchy and class disparity
Feminism - Progressive society, on the cusp of Women's Rights Movements
Marxism and Structural Functionalism - Centered around social needs
Marxism, S-F(Evans-Pritchard), and Early French Social look at society and culture through time
Marxism & Early French Social Theory: Concept of Social Fact
Talk of women's rights
Improvement of everyone's rights
Noble men against it, and older noble women
Religion mainly implicit presence
Start time: 1.15
Social hierarchy
Cultural differences
Defying social norms
Not a lot about circulation of commodities
Emphasis on history
Social Facts
Division of labor
Strengths: Empirical, base on observable
Weaknesses:Synchronic, emphass on stability - ignore change
Contrast to Marxist Revolution concept

Social Continuity by R-B
People replaceable but structure still entact
permanence of structures
Way of thinking about society
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