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Kyla Anne B. Valesco1412 – HonestyIntroduction to PhilosophyDate: November 16, 2021Q: Do human actions shape social structures or the other way around?I think human actions and social structures are reciprocal and mutually dependent factorsthat affect one another. Social structures refer to the behavioral and social patterns of the people,which include the culture, norms, customs, and the general code of conduct that is present andestablished in the society. In other words, social structures determine the framework that promotesorder as it regulates how people behave, act and interact with others in the community. However, itis also significant to note that a society cannot exist without the collective engagement of individuals.As we all know, the human person is a social being that needs social interaction for survival, andwhen people interact, they can connect and form communities that uphold shared values and thriveon interdependence. Also, the people or persons of authority establish laws and regulations in thesociety to maintain orderliness.In a way, human actions determine the social structures present insociety, and we can see how both factors are interrelated. Nonetheless, I think that human actionsshape social structures because each person has the capacity to reform structures in the societythrough joint action and the active pursuit of advocacies.Indeed, human actions are restricted and limited as we try to conform to the socialstructures in the society. For instance, there are known gender stereotypes that still prevail, whichdictate how a person should act and behave based on their gender. Women are expected to possessdomestic behaviors, to be thin and graceful, to have long hair and wear dresses, and the list goes on.Clearly, there is a coercive social standard that shapes how women present themselves. However, inthis day and age, it is evident how women, and people in general, are starting to value their freedomof choice and rid themselves of the stereotypes that the society throws at them, which makes themmore liberated. Similarly, people initiated movements and revolted from the social structures of thesociety in hopes of changing the system. An example of this is the women’s suffrage movementwherein women fought for right to vote since they were excluded due to the patriarchal society(Gonzales, 2020). Eventually, they were granted the right to vote, which impacted the socialstructures of society until the present time as both men and women, in equality, can exercise theirright to vote. In any case, the concept of being able to vote is powerful because it allows the citizensto partake in the democratic process and influence the society at large.In conclusion, although human actions depend on the society that encompasses culture andnorms, it is the people who establish the culture and norms in the society. Thus, first, the individualscreate societies and social structures, and following that, the social structures then control individualbehaviours and actions. As it happens, the society is constantly evolving and human actions can alterexisting social structures in the society to serve the needs of the members of the community.
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