Bernie Goetz's Effect On The Environment

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The modern society allows and encourage people to own their different thinking and ideas and this tendency makes very diverse environment. However, the same characteristics of the environment are still existing and influence people who live in this place in same way. In Malcolm Gladwell’s “The Power of Context: Bernie Goetz and the Ride and Fall of New York City Crime”, discusses about how Bernie Goetz changed his behavior after being assaulted and affected by the situation he lived in while he was robbed, which mainly reflects how environment and dangerous situation changed human beings’ minds and behaviors. The other author Leslie Bell focus on the the different situations for young women and their different reactions in “Sections from Hard…show more content…
The different contexts have their own features and these features have very strong background characteristics of their own environments. Gladwell mentions that “They say that the criminal—far from being someone who acts for fundamental, intrinsic reasons and who lives in his own world—is actually someone acutely sensitive to his environment, who is alert to all kinds of cues, and who is prompted to commit crimes based on his perception of the world around him” (Gladwell 156). The environment has a very powerful shape effect, when a person who begin to construct his own internal and emotion world the external factors are the most important reference materials for him. This is also the time that the environment begins to label the individual. The labeling effect is very important because it is determines people’s way to deal and understand things. The people who live outside of the so-called “poor/crime zoon” are hard to understand the people who live inside of these zoon, that is because the other function of the labeling effect, to create gaps between people from different social groups. When people who labelled by the same environment live together, they can create their own rules which are suitable for the corresponding environment. Most of people will qualitative some behaviors as criminal behaviors however, for the people who come from the “crime zoon” these…show more content…
Twenge mentions that “Psychologist Martin Seligman says that the traditional self—responsible, hardworking, stern –has been replaced with the ‘California self’ a self that choose, feel, pleasure and pain, dictated action and even has things like esteem, efficacy, and confidence” (Twenge 492). A suitable context can get support form social majority thus, it can replace the old context, this is the process of the development of human society. Bell also points out that “Every piece of ‘modern’ advice about maintaining independence and using their twenties to explore and experiment sexually is layered over a piece of ‘old-fashioned’ advice about getting married before it’s too late, not being too assertive or passionate in sex, and not being too sexually experienced” (Bell 27). The new context for women is fully change women’s lives, it is not only that more and more social members understand that women have the independent social status but the women themselves, they begin to realized that their own
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