Unformatted text preview: This idea of the social construction of reality basically means that the way people present themselves to other people is based on how they interact with others and also based upon life experiences. In a nutshell, the way one perceives and views the world is highly influenced by what that person believes and where that person comes from. The “Introduction to Sociology” textbook provides the example of the arrests of various juveniles. Police were more likely to think that these arrests came because of poor parenting or supervision if they came from lower class homes. On the other hand, police would more likely release juveniles from upper class homes to the parents to receive proper discipline at home. Police associate the term “juvenile delinquent” with juveniles coming from lower class homes compared to upper class homes, even if they committed the same crime....
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- Spring '07
- Sociology, constructionism, Thomas Luckmann, institution of society, upper class homes, lower class homes