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Day 5 - Introduction to Sociology Day 5 Assignment Please...

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Introduction to Sociology – Day 5 Assignment: Please see “The Five Sexes…” on D2L for next week (This is in addition to the other assigned reading) Paper One Guide also posted under Contents section. The Social Meaning of Language Language affects people’s perception of reality Language is our most powerful shared symbol Studies find that when college students look at job descriptions written in masculine pronouns they assume women are not qualified for the job Language reflects the social and political status in society Groups may advocate changing language referring them to them as a way of asserting a positive group identity Language can distort actual group experience Language shapes people’s perceptions of groups and events in society Terms used to define groups change over time and can originate in movements to assert a positive identity Ethnocentrism
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