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Sociological Reflection and Reaction JournalsAlex GelfandTamu ChambersFall 20151
Table of Contents(Reflections and reactions for each lecture and other class assignmentsannounced during class) 1) The Sociological Perspective 2) Culture 3) Socialization 4) Social Structure and Social Interaction 5) Social Class in the United States 6) Social Groups and Formal Organizations 7) Deviance and Social Control 8) Global Stratification 9) Race and Ethnicity 10) Gender and Age 11) Politics and the Economy 12) Education and Religion 13) Social Change and the Environment (Optional) 2
1 - The Sociological PerspectiveAccording to sociologists the sociological perspective stresses the social contexts in which people live. It examines how these contexts influence people’s lives. It examines and analyzes the different social contexts in which people live, how influential groups in society are, and how many factors like job, income, gender, religion, race and other things influence and impact human experiences living in society today. The society we live in today is very complex and understanding the incredible variety of aspects that create that society can be very difficult.Looking at the sociological perspective helps us understand a variety of societal topics because it looks at the way people live their life and the outcomes of their actions impact the whole of the population. C. Wright Mills said, “The sociological imagination enables us to grasp the connection between history and biography.” I think by that he meant that people’s social experiences directly influence their behavior in society. I see this theory, if not even fact in my opinion every single day. People wanted to be accepted so badly in society they change the way they actually think and compare it to the general population. A daily occurrence of this specific to our campusis people who are late to class, you will see people walking fast trying to be low key about getting to class but no one will run due to our experiences growing up it was not a norm to run to class. Or even as simple as asking a question in class, people seem to be essentially afraid or embarrassed to ask the question possibly because they think it’s already been answered so people generally prefers to stay quiet in class. I personally experience this myself whenever I amdoing daily things. I was blessed to grow up in an upper-class suburban community in the town 3
of Bethlehem, which had many different things that I was accessible to, that others weren’t ableto and it enabled me to achieve and learn the things I have today.The sociological imagination created by C.W. Mills shows us an insight how sociology is so relevant in our everyday life. Showing how our lives work and our individual actions reflect onto society. Sociology itself not only helps us understand ourselves but also teaches us about our society and the things we do act on our society. It shows us that our personal actions affect our society as a whole.