S321_ClassNotes_SocialClassAndSex - Social Class and Sex Possible Exam Question How does the study of social class and sex relate to sociology

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Social Class and Sex Possible Exam Question : How does the study of social class and sex relate to sociology? Answer (succinctly stated in the sentences that are underlined) : It makes sense to consider a country as a single society when viewing it as a political state that interacts as a unit with other political states (countries). In addition, in comparing countries with one another, general differences can be found between them–which can justify viewing a country as a single culture . But when examining a country in and of itself, it becomes clear that a metaphor of unity is misleading. (1) It is difficult to conceive of a country as a single culture. It is more accurate to conceive of it as a multiplicity of cultures. (2) These diverse cultures are formed by the intersection of many sociological characteristics . For example, the meshing of region, urban-suburban-rural divisions within the region, gender, social class (which can be further divided into education, occupation, and income), generation, ethnicity, and sexual orientation can produce a variety of cultures (or subcultures if you wish to maintain the idea of a general culture). (3) This is exemplified in this lecture’s examination of the differences that appear in the average heterosexual profiles of different educational classes. Seeing this as a cultural difference means that when you are a member of one educational class you may learn from others in your class (or be influenced in other ways by factors associated with your education) to think, feel, and behave in a certain way with regard to sexuality. (This does not mean that everyone in your educational class has similar thoughts, emotions, and practices, but rather that, on average , there is a greater likelihood of members of one educational class having a particular sexual pattern than members of another class.) (4) Other sociological characteristics intersect with social class. This lecture examines this in looking at the intersection of generation, gender, and social class . Thus, in separately comparing men and women of different generations within the different educational classes, one can get a better sense of how the historical period one grows up in can combine with gender and social class in shaping one's sexuality.

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