SO455 CA#5 - 1 Fujikawa Introduction The sociology of...

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1 FujikawaIntroductionThe sociology of women's primary focus is on how women in all parts of the world, bothon a local and global scale, interact with the various institutions of society.The behavior,attitude, and overall demeanor of women can be analyzed and SO455, The Sociology of Women,has imparted a variety of codes, themes, and sociological theories in studying women.Moreover, the focus has primarily been on the portrayal of women in various film anddocumentary roles.Each women character has been a representation of raw data in producing acontent analysis in the course; a representation of how to be a woman, when to be a woman, whyto be a woman, and most importantly how these attitudes and behaviors are reflective andconceived by other individuals, both men and women.While studying women in these various roles, there are several areas of particular interestthat have been highlighted throughout the semester and through a handful of content analyses.They are: women and the media; global perspectives; socialization; crime and deviance; andmatriarchy, power, and politics.All these areas show how the roles of women have shiftedthroughout time.Further, while analyzing the film and women, viewers are able to acknowledgeand understand how their particular society's structures have either shifted in a positivemomentum in relation to the experience of women, or what necessities are lacking and needimprovement upon.The purpose of this paper will be how SO455 throughout the semesterviewed full-length films and drew from the raw data of each film certain sociological codes andeventual perspectives in studying women, both on a national and global scale.Defining the Codes within the Areas of StudyMedia influencing the study of women– Modern technology has aided in the rapid spread
2 Fujikawaof individualistic ideas and experiences across various platforms of communication.From thetelegraph to the telephone; the cruise ship to the jet liner; and most recently the power andmajesty of the mobile cell phone, there seems to be no bounds in which ideas, information, andexperiences can travel.One particular communication device that is most prolific is thetelevision set.The intersection and cross-communication of ideas, stories, and experiences isutterly limitless.Ideas most especially are at the pinnacle of what audience members of varioustelevision shows, news outlets, made for television movies, and advertisementsare exposed toand it is this exposure that helps shape ideals, sets trends, and more often than not sets upindividual mindsets of its viewers.What makes the media such an important component of isthat it is one of the agents of gender socialization.What this means is that the media, inwhatever capacity is an influence of our behavior and self-image (Agent of SocializationDefinition: 2015: Sparknotes).Moreover, socialization involves the process whereby we learn tobecome competent members of a group (Socialization Definition: 2015: Sparknotes).The mediadepicts and portrays women in various spotlights and it is this portrayal that sets forth thestereotypical roles for women.

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Ames
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Sociology, Elizabeth Cady, Lindsey

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