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Elizabeth Sutka 3 October 2011 SOC 335 – A Chapter 7 1. Go back and look at the features of sociology in my introductory lecture on sociology, at Chapter 1's review of what sociology is and its basic elements, and perhaps your intro book (or lectures from other sociology courses). Use specific observations and/or findings in the chapter to illustrate 5 of these basic elements . Chapter 7 deals with students and their roles. The first thing that comes to mind from previous chapters is the conflict theory. The conflict theory assumes a tension in society and its parts created by the competing interests and groups. I would have to argue that this is one of the most significant factors of looking at students in their educational setting. The book talks about student roles, both the formal and informal roles. Informally, these roles relate closely to socioeconomic status, which is what the conflict theory has to do with. “Class reproduction can occur through adolescent peer groups.” (Ballantine, 179) There are the college bound students and the working class students. These are their roles; most of the time their roles are defined for them and they cannot switch that role. If they do, they would have to work extremely hard to overcome adversity. If they do not, they are just going to accept their role and not try as hard. This also relates to the labeling theory, which we also learned about in chapter 1.
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