Tuesday, May 16, 2017
By living in the United States, we have different values than others around the world. For example, we value luxuries such as large homes and fancy cars, whereas in third world countries, people value food and water. In the United States, we always have access to food and water whenever we want, so we take it for granted and don't value it. In the movie "Thrive", the men who came from Africa valued each other and each other's families back home, but here in the US, they realize that it's hard to spend time with family because they're working over 16 hours a day. As Americans, we value money and luxuries, and take for granted what many others value and beg for. I feel that we should value food and water and other essentials more, and do more to help others in third world countries to gain access to these essentials.
Thursday, May 4, 2017
The Australian culture is much different than our culture in the United States. In Australia, when Australians barbecue beef or land, it's considered a cherished national tradition. In the US, barbecuing meat has no significant meaning to it. We both speak the same language, however we have different accents. In America, the popular sport is football, whereas in Australia the popular sport is cricket. Even though we speak the same language, our countries have different beliefs and different cultural meanings.
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
Everyone is the same on the inside, but although race isn't biological, people categorize others into a race based off their physical appearance. Those who are dark colored skin are categorized as being black, and those who are light colored skin are categorized as being white. And there are stereotypes based off of ones color. In a video we watched in class, there was a black doll and a white doll, and when asked to pick the nice doll, the kids picked up the white doll, and when asked to pick the bad doll, the kids picked up the black doll. A young black girl, when asked to pick the doll that isn't nice, she was about to pick up the white doll, but hesitated and picked up the black doll. This shows that the stereotypes portrayed on race is portrayed in children at a young age. Race is based off of community views, it's not biological.
Monday, April 3, 2017
The line applies to our perception of social class because it shows how people who have different incomes live different lifestyles. We categorize people into social classes based off their income, those who make very little are in the lower class, those who make an average-above average amount are in middle/upper-middle class, and those with a large income are categorized into upper class. Those in the upper class have a much nicer and luxurious lifestyle than those in the lower class, and we tend to generalize upper class people as more educated and sophisticated and lower class people as uneducated. Personally, my family falls into the middle/upper-middle class, and I live a somewhat luxurious lifestyle, I go to a great high school, I have my own car, I have a job at a young age, and I live in a nice sized home in a nice community.
Wednesday, March 15, 2017
Deviance is any behavior that doesn't follow social norms, and once someone does deviance behavior, they fall under the stereotype and believe that they are deviant and will always be deviant. It turns into a lifestyle for people who are deviant, once they start doing drugs or stealing or anything else deviant, they generally will continue down that path throughout their whole life. In 30 days in jail, the man was in jail for drug addiction, and 30 days after being released from jail, he was back in jail for being addicted to drugs again. This shows that deviance is something that generally follows people through their whole life.
Monday, March 6, 2017
Society puts men and women in many narrow boxes. For example, society views men as being strong, non-emotional, and violent. But that's not true, in today's world, there are a lot of men who are very emotional, not strong built, and not violent at all, in face, many men today are against violence. And for women, society views women as emotional, generally stay at home moms, and dependent on others. However, many CEO's of large companies are managed by women, in today's world, women make just as much money as men, and are just as well of on their own as men. Masculinity and Femeninity are each social constructions because it's a stereotype of how men should be masculine and women should be feminine, when that's not true in today's society. In adolescent homophobia, it represented how not all young men want to be masculine or tough, many young men are emotional and stay out of violence.
Wednesday, February 1, 2017
Macro Sociology is the study of social systems on a large scale whereas Micro Sociology is the study of social systems on a smaller scale. Ingroups are the groups that we are apart of everyday and who we are used to, outgroups are the world outside of ourselves, people and places we don't see everyday and are used to. The difference between categories and stereotypes is stereotypes generalize a group of people into a particular category. For example, I am Jewish and saying that all Jews are cheap is a stereotype, because it generalizes all Jews into one category. The article in class showed how muslims are stereotyped because people are afraid of terrorist, when in reality gun violence is over 3000 times more likely to kill us than be killed by a terrorist.