Analysis of social structure as well as social segmentations is fast gaining popularity. This is primarily because society is a web of complex aspects which are totally or partially dependent on each other. …
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Thus, a characteristic of one determines the phenomenon or features of the other. Over time, sociologists have attempted to map out what makes up a complete individual and what shapes up his activities and his psychology (A Structural Theory of Social Influence 2006, p. 3). This paper presents an overview of some social theories related to culture, race and gender, interaction within society and the self- identification. Besides discussing these theories, the paper also presents first- hand reflections on the assumed personality. To what extent does these theories bear resemblance in practical life is sorted. Moreover, their impacts on society as a whole are also traced. Culture: theory Culture can be defined as a system, which we accept and adapt. Culture widely differs from place to place, from person to person, from society to society. To express in other word, culture is the summation of all forces functioning around an individual blended with individual’s inner persona. Culture can be regarded as ‘shared symbolic systems’. These systems are largely creations of mind and are composed of aspects like art, kinship, language, myth. The mind receives the social practices as rules and then acts according to the logic of binary contrast. This gives rise to a state of conflict between the ‘natural realm’ and ‘arbitrary order of man’....
After arriving at Australia, I felt a sense of de-association. But I got accustomed. It became all the more easy because, of my similar experience of de-association in Sweden. Much of my ethical values were changed by Australia’s liberal outlook. My mind has accepted these behavioral practices the way they exist here in Australia. It is a type of mental conditioning that the mind underwent. Thus some old values and practices remained intact in me and to some others I got used to. Therefore, from my personal perspective, ‘shared symbolic systems’ or mixed values, ethics and practices built up the culture in me. For this reason, I feel a sense of association with Australia’s liberation, equality and tolerance of Sweden cultural practices of Tehran and ethnic roots of Persia. However, within my own self I can feel a sense of ‘conflict’ arising, all because of the logic of binary contrast. Primarily, I think, this is because, my relational self which was shaped by teachings in childhood has clashed with the ‘arbitrary order of man’, that is the social regulations set up according to the necessity and whims of man. Social interactions: theory Interaction with other individuals within a society contributes much in shaping up a person’s individuality. There are several patterns of interaction and they determine and individual’s ‘social life’, ‘social actions’ and their assimilation, adaptation and orientation. It is believed that every person have a particular way of thinking and reacting. That is to say, their thoughts and action could be predicted if their distinctive traits could be categorized successfully, after tracing the nature of inequalities and mechanism of
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After this point a critical examination as to how these concepts present themselves in everyday life as we present ourselves to others will be highlighted. In its broadest terms a social structure is in sociological terms a stable arrangement in which people interact in a society (Encyclopedia Britannica, 2011).
Name: Instructor: Course: Date; Social structure Women did not embrace paid employment with a lot of aggressiveness until towards the end of 20th century. Paid employment used to be a preserve of the men and the woman’s place was the kitchen and other household chores.
This behavior is attributed to illegal migration and increasing demand for trade in human beings. Further, increase in poverty has immensely contributed to this heinous crime in that people risk everything by leaving their families and nations in search of better lives (Film Media Group, 2006).
The economic structure, on the other hand, is composed of the various relations that influence the forces of production, the latter that consist of land, labour, capital, and technology. The institution which has been termed, as relations of production are the diverse relationships between the classes of people who are involved in the economic process and the best example that can be stated of this concept is the relationship between a slave and his owner.
350). Through addressing the structures, models and the social phenomena fueling discrimination and social stigma – society can contribute to the desired reduction in the social distances developed around the people affected by mental disorders (Dietrich et al.
She worked on a small scale, describing small social groups in provincial environments, and is often accused of being too real in her examination of the nature of society, marriage and family, and how these affected and shaped each other.
The theme of marriage was ubiquitous in her writings because for a young lady of those times it was the only way to attain a degree of dignity, freedom and self-respect, and in some cases, even the barest essentials for survival.
An additional cause of a rising number of nuclear families is related to the desire of young persons to live in small family units in urban areas because of limited housing space and because working couples can support themselves without assistance from the elderly.
Furthermore, for much of the last century, racial, gender, ethnic, and religious minorities have been facing legal exclusion and unequal treatment. Representatives of minorities were segregated into low paid and less perspective jobs, while some minorities – for example, Chinese or Korean – were legally forbidden to own land.
Indeed, Lowie ( 1946) was accurate when he argued that this group “ "must work much harder in order to live than tillers and breeders" (p. 13). On the other hand, the Neolithic Man learned how to raise subsistence crops and domesticate animals such as pigs, goats, dogs and cattle for their economic need.