{[ promptMessage ]}

Bookmark it

{[ promptMessage ]}

UA2 - John Rankin Soc 101.02 Unit Assignment 2 Perspective...

Info icon This preview shows pages 1–3. Sign up to view the full content.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
John Rankin Soc 101.02 Unit Assignment 2 10/3/05 Perspective, Belief, Stigmatization, and Sorting It All Out Before successfully assessing any given situation we must investigate all possible sources of information and all types of beliefs. This would be easy if we lived in a perfect world and everything ran smoothly. The world is not perfect though, and neither are we. Humans are prone to pointing out differences, exploiting them, and enhancing them. In this way we learn to know our greatest heroes and our most terrible villains, and their victims. Stigmatization is how we make our differences more clear. It helps us to draw lines, whether good or bad. In contemporary America men are supposed to be strong. Unfortunately, even though there are many different kinds of strength, physical strength is still the benchmark for what a “real” man is. While we know all men cannot reach the standards of the Met- Rx World’s Strongest Man competition, men of slight stature or build are nonetheless regarded as less manly, or even gay. Such men are stigmatized because of their physical weakness. The idea that finds its way into most people’s heads is that a man who is physically weak looks and even carries himself like a female. Just as Mary Mallon was made to look masculine, small framed men are made to look feminine. Smaller hands, a slender body, and the ability to be light on one’s feet seem to be associated as more acceptably female than male. The above attributes are in contrast with what is presumed
Image of page 1

Info icon This preview has intentionally blurred sections. Sign up to view the full version.

View Full Document Right Arrow Icon
to be normal. Men are generally expected to have large, rough hands, be physically large, and walk with heavy, steady steps. Class has been used to judge people for as long as history has been written. Despite numerous true stories of people rising up from poverty to riches, the poor are still stigmatized as being lazy, dirty, and lacking in intelligence. The image most likely to appear in someone’s mind when asked to describe a member of the lower class is that of the street beggar. We often associate the poor with the image of an unfortunate, tattered soul shaking a cup of loose coin and asking for more.
Image of page 2
Image of page 3
This is the end of the preview. Sign up to access the rest of the document.

{[ snackBarMessage ]}

What students are saying

  • Left Quote Icon

    As a current student on this bumpy collegiate pathway, I stumbled upon Course Hero, where I can find study resources for nearly all my courses, get online help from tutors 24/7, and even share my old projects, papers, and lecture notes with other students.

    Student Picture

    Kiran Temple University Fox School of Business ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    I cannot even describe how much Course Hero helped me this summer. It’s truly become something I can always rely on and help me. In the end, I was not only able to survive summer classes, but I was able to thrive thanks to Course Hero.

    Student Picture

    Dana University of Pennsylvania ‘17, Course Hero Intern

  • Left Quote Icon

    The ability to access any university’s resources through Course Hero proved invaluable in my case. I was behind on Tulane coursework and actually used UCLA’s materials to help me move forward and get everything together on time.

    Student Picture

    Jill Tulane University ‘16, Course Hero Intern