Soc 100/ 002
Essay Number One
Tolerance, inter-cultural dialogue and respect for diversity are more essential
than ever in a world where peoples are becoming more and more closely
—Kofi Annan, Secretary-General of the United Nations
Kofi Annan sums up many sociological themes through chapters one to five out
of our textbook. His quote can also be directly related to several themes that appear in
“Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But Somebody’s Got to Do It,” by T. Denean Sharpely-Whiting,
“The Promise,” by C. Wright Mills, and lastly, “The Visible Lifestyle: American
Symbols of Status,” by Juliet B. Schor.
First, I will identify and analyze the major
themes in “Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But Somebody’s Got to Do It,” followed by, “The
Promise,” and lastly, “The Visible Lifestyle: American Symbols of Status,”
The themes that I found to be most prominent in, “Pimpin Ain’t Easy, But
Somebody’s Go to Do It,” were gender-conflict, subcultures, an anomie, and lastly a
The gender-conflict was very evident through out the entire reading.
Sharpely-Whiting, pointed out numerous times and gave plenty of examples of
gender-conflict in the hip-hop world.
Women are looked at as sexual objects for