Sociological Perspective In Sociology

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Rachel McGuy Soc 201 Barry Final Exam Part A The sociological perspective states that our social backgrounds influence our choices and behavior. We are individuals, yet social beings that share basic characteristics with one another. The sociological perspective takes this into account when viewing a culture, their attitudes, and way of life. Society is influenced through language, body language, social roles, expectations, and political views. America believes in an individualistic society. Thus, our society believes in competition, independence, and individual rights. Whereas in a collectivist culture, dependency isn’t seen as shameful. Its promoted and is the norm. Voting, for example, is an individual choice. Young adults in the 2008…show more content…
The way we perceive the world is through our culture’s subjective analysis of the situation and symbols. The Sapir-Whorf Hypothesis uses language to define our subjective view on the world. Language reflects cultural values and is interdependent with one another. The use of terms such as “bastard” has real meaning in society. Thomas Thereom states that if people believe that something (or meaning of a situation) exists, then it is real and has real consequences. Since society believes that the term “bastard” reflects one is born out of wedlock then its in deed a real term with a real stigma that follows. Language and symbols affects our beliefs and daily interactions with one another. Social stratification examines differences between each class. For example, the upper-class society shows off their wealth through purchases of new cars, products, and clothes. Society has define new cars and lavish products as “rich” because that is what we deem as real. While the lower-class purchases used cars and other lower priced items. This depicts the vast difference between the two classes through its symbolic meanings. The only downfall of the interactionalism perspective is that is does not explain stratification; it only examines the…show more content…
Since birth, a child learns what different colors symbolizes: blue means boy, pink means girl. Parents give specific gender-related toys to their children. Boys get trucks, girls get dolls. Through language, girls learn to be polite and use their manners; while boys are allowed to be loud and dominant. In the workplace, there is a massive difference in gender stratification. More men are physicians, dentists, CEOs; while women are dental hygenists, school teachers, and social workers. Why? Because women are taught since childhood to be nurturing and men are thought to be stronger in math/sciences and decision-makers. Both genders have their own job to perform. It wasn’t until half a century ago when women were allowed to work out of the home because they were taught through interactions that was their place in society. Interactionalism, to me, is seen as an optimistic way of looking at society. If many people believe that a cultural norm is outdated then change can occur more quickly than in the functionalism
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