I am glad that I have had the chance to take Introduction to Society 1125 in my first year of university. I have learned valuable resources from the classroom that has resulted in me viewing society differently compared to when I had viewed it before taking this course. From this course, I have learned new theories and concepts that I have never heard of before, as well as having to unlearn and relearned previous concepts and social issues that I thought I had knew from the past. One of the new concepts that I have learn in this class was debunking. Debunking is defined from the lecture notes as analyzing something at the obvious and deeper levels to better explain the social behaviour (pg. 6). To give an example of debunking from the class lecture notes would be from sociologist’s Emile Durkheim’s study on suicide. A person might think that the obvious reason for someone to commit suicide is because of personal problems. However, Durkheim looked at the deeper level of suicide and concluded that social integration and social solidarity also plays a role for an individual to take his or her own life (pg. 6). Debunking has helped me to look at situations now in society at a deeper level, as before I was only looking at the obvious level. As a result, I have become a deeper and fair-minded thinker rather than a simple-minded thinker in order to gain different perspectives from various viewpoints.
When I reflect back, I am a bit surprised to see that there are a few social issues that I have had to unlearn and relearn in order to better understand the social issues through a sociologist’s perspective. I would have thought that the many viewpoints I had learned before would be somewhat accurate to history; but rather, some of my perceived notions only gave half of the truth. Therefore, I am grateful that this course has corrected my perceived thoughts about certain social issues. One social issue where I have had to let go my perceived thoughts in order to relearn it and see it from a sociologist’s perspective is about race. Before the class lectures and videos, I had not given much thought about race, and when I did I was not taking it from a sociologist’s perspective. For example, I had previously thought that race existed many generations ago, and that it was always defined as groups of people differing based on their skin colours. However, I have learned from this class that race is not a very old term and that its original definition is not what it is today. In fact, slavery was before race, and in which case slavery was not based on skin colour (pg. 47). As I had mentioned before, I was surprised that my perceived notions were either entirely wrong, or were half accurate, but I am grateful now for having my perceived notions corrected and being able to take away lessons of learning from this class to apply it to my everyday life.
Continuing with the class presentations, Group 4 (Amanda, Ansa, and Joseph) presented Tridico’s chapter 4: Driving Discontinuance and Quality of Life among Older Drivers by Joseph M. Pellerito Jr. The information in this chapter was new to me, and I felt that Group 4 did a good job of giving the informative facts. When the class was asked what their experiences were with regards to older people driving, I was a bit shocked to hear such negative experiences. I agree though that elderly drivers who are unfit to drive should not drive at all, and it is unfortunate that there seems to be a stereotype of elderly people driving, all because a few individuals have ruined it for the rest their population.
Yesterday our class started with the group presentations. Group 3 (Carlo, Monika, and Gurneet) gave a presentation of Tridico’s chapter 3: Human Trafficking by Darrick Brake. In this presentation, Carlo shared some of his life experience living in the Philippians where human trafficking was not illegal. I thought having Carlo share his own experiences with regards to human trafficking made the issue more close to home and therefore, human trafficking is a global problem that needs to have a stop put to it.
The chosen concept that I will discuss is race. Race is defined as a social group having distinct physical traits that are different from another social group. I chose this concept as being the “coolest” because I have recently learned that the meaning of race was not the same back centuries ago. In fact, I have learned from class lectures that a long time ago, race was used to describe the line of British Kings, but then it somehow evolved to classify different nations. Race can be illustrated in the media as recently there has been some controversy over the Murray River coal mine in B.C. The mining company HD Mining International Ltd. is hiring Chinese immigrants to work in the mines and has not considered hiring Canadian mine workers or other ethnic groups. This media article illustrates race as well as discrimination because the HD Mining International Ltd. is choosing only a certain ethnic group to work under them, rather than employing diverse people.
The Province Article:
The theme for today’s illustration is “culture.” Culture is defined by Karen Anderson as a group of values, beliefs, behaviour, and materialistic objects that are shared within a group in society. This theme was a “cool” theme to look into as I can see how impacting it can be to society. The article that I chose to illustrate this chosen theme is about a Christian minister who admits she is homosexual, despite there being discrimination and a lack of approval in the Christianity faith. Culture illustrates this article because there have been a belief in certain religions such as Christianity where homosexuality is not okay. As a result of this belief having been passed on for many generations, it has impacted a lot of people in present day society who believes that being homosexual is not okay, despite there being other people in society who have come to accept homosexuality and have kept it separate from their religious beliefs.
The Province article:
Video: Bikini and G-String Are OK But Wearing Hijab and Veil Isn’t – Sheikh Khalid Yaseen
Affective Reading #4
In this video, Sheikh Khalid Yaseen explains how in today’s society, people are okay with women wearing a bikini or g-string, but some of these same people are not okay seeing a woman wear a hijab or veil. One main issue Yaseen questions is why it is okay that society seems to accept women who walk around in a bikini or g-string, but society cannot seem to accept Muslim women wearing a hijab or veil? Another main issue he gives in this video is how there are people in society who are ethnocentric about religion.
After viewing this video, I feel appalled how society is okay accepting a woman who wears a bikini or g-string but is not accepting of a Muslim woman wearing a hijab or veil. In my opinion, there is no harm to wear a hijab or a veil, but bikinis and g-strings can be a cause for concern when worn in a place not suited for those attire.
I think that society might be scared when they see a Muslim woman or any person who dresses differently than the norm. I’m not sure if I may be right, but perhaps there are people who are scared of things changing around them, so they form an ethnocentric or narrow minded way of thinking, and thus, discriminate anyone who are different from the norm.
I believe that every person has the freedom to dress they way they want to, in respect to their religion or not, and that other people should not based judgement on these choices.
I know that there will always be people in society who remain ethnocentric such as in religion. And it is unfortunate how they can be like this as they are limiting themselves from learning about other cultures.
Video: The Danger of a Single Story-Chimamanda Adichie
Dialectic Reading #5
In this video, speaker Chimamanda Adichie shared her story of how one story can be dangerous to society. What she means by this is that when one story, whether it is in a novel, a person or place, is only giving one perspective, people miss out on hearing the other perspectives. All stories have more than one side to them, and it is important to hear all sides.
|What question did the video raise?
||How did the video answer this question?
||How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?
|In this video, that question raised was how can people navigate away from only hearing one side of a story?
||Chimamanda answered this question by explaining that people need to engage in learning all sides to a story or issue. Learning more than one side of a story is important, because when individual can do that, he or she is not only expanding their horizon, but they are also acknowledging the many people with their views to exist.
||Ever since I have taken this sociology course, I have tried to put effort when looking at more than one side to an issue. Chimamanda stated that individuals can broaden their horizon by looking at more than one side of a story, and she is right. By only relying on one story, it will only make a person narrow minded and they will miss out on so much more had they learned to have multiple perspectives. I find it is also true what Chimamanda said in which when we look at multiple perspectives; we are acknowledging other sources to exist. In my opinion when sources are ignored, they can then feel like they don’t matter and that is wrong to make these sources think that.