Sociology Semester Final Project

by Dalton Guadagno

Topics

Socialization

  • It is the cultural process of learning to participate in group life.
  • Socialization develops all throughout life and governs your social life entirely.
  • Without socialization, it would be hard for people to fit in a society or to be tolerant of others because of what was learn through socialization.
  • In order to join certain groups, your skills in socialization must absorb constant and new information. This is called Transmission.
  • The most important stage in life for socialization to occur is the infant and early development stages.
  • In these stages, it is required of you to show intensive care and teach them how to fit into the world for easy transmission later in the future.
  • Failing to observe the needs of humans in these stages creates a sense of isolation for the human being affected.
  • This enables the people who were isolated to not easily assimilate into society.


Similarities


  • In sports, you need socialization to become a part of the team and to make new friends.
  • In social structure, socialiation is needed to move upwards or downwards in the social structure.
  • Socialization is what created various gender roles in different societies.
  • Socialization is a requirement needed to become a part of a culture that you reside in.


Applications

Socialization is applicable to my life because it is because of socialization that I am able to create many friendships and to be tolerable of other people's cultures. It is also because of socialization that I am able to learn from others and use that learning for my advantages.

Sports

  • A sport is a set of competitive activities in which winners and losers are determined by physical performance within a set of established rules.
  • Sports are seen as institutions of sociological development. One of the key influential values provided in sports are attachments to society (a member).
  • This social institution creates emphasis on a certain culture's achievements in physical performance and/or dominance.
  • It is also a major social activity through which culture is created and influenced.
  • Since sports are a social instituion, there can be some inconsistencies within that institution. Some of these include racism, sexism, and social mobility.
  • Social mobility in a sport determines your position in a social social structure if you success in a sport. These achievements allow you to move up in the social ladder and become famous or disliked, depending on your actions.
  • Racism can become a problems in certain teams of sports. Racism in a sport includes a position in a sport that is only influenced by your race or how athletic you can be because of your color.
  • Sexism is also a current problem in sports because girls are seen as weak and society and in the past, women weren't allowed to play sports. In present times, an influx of women have been joining male-dominated sports and the issue is slowly deteriorating because of it.


Similarities


  • Sports can help people who play sports become high in the social structure, or move downwards, depending on what you've done.
  • Gender roles are present in sports, as in sports separates genders and its because of this that football is entirely male while softball is entirely female.
  • Sports in culture creates a sense of achievement for a society and promotes a sense of dominance over others if it becomes a national achievement.


Applications

Sports are applicable to my life because it makes me believe that there is always a sense of representation of a society. By joining a sport, you feel welcomed and you are given a job that you must fulfill, and these aspects helped me understand how to better fit in to society.

Social Structure

  • It is an abstract map where we can percieve ourselves in a society.
  • This imaginative structure helps us to interact more smoothly with other people who may share the same level of that social structure or different levels.
  • In order to understand the social structure in a society, you must observe the various levels of this map and determine which level means what and how it contributes to the society.
  • A status is the position in a social structure that a person in that society holds. There are 2 different kinds of statuses: ascribed status and achieved status
  • Ascribed statuses are statuses in which you are assigned into, for example: if a girl is born into a family, it is "ascribed" the position as the daughter and child of the family. She cannot choose to be a son if it is born a girl, neither can she choose to be a parent because she doesn't have children.
  • Achieved statuses are statuses that you choose to hold. These can only be possible if the person in society has a firm control over their lives and has a wide range of choices to choose from.
  • A status set is a myriad of statuses that a person holds, for example: you can be a child, student, and a friend at the same time. These statuses can be achieved or ascribed
  • A master status is a status that influences that person's life intensely because of either the diction or definition of that status in society. Master statuses may include criminal, soldier, president, etc. This status can also be ascribed or achieved depending on the master status.


Similarities


  • Social structure and gender roles both details and specifies what a person is in society.
  • Social structure and culture both create a natural order in society by having levels of society and having the people in that society to have the same beliefs and values.


Applications

Social structure is applicable to my life because it helps me realize on how a society is built and where I can fit in. It also provides a map of how I can move upwards or downwards the social structure with the actions that I make to myself or others.

Gender Roles

  • Gender roles are the roles given to you in the gender you are born in.
  • These roles are created in a culture of society based on the beliefs of others.
  • Male gender roles may include strength, liking the color blue, playing sports, or playing video games. These are seen as a male role because a wide variety of males participate in these activities.
  • Female gender roles may include dressing up, make-up, liking the color pink, being smart, or being agile. These are seen as female roles because, like male roles, a wide variety of females participates in these activites.
  • Some people of certain genders like to participate in both activites of both genders or like to be both. Unfortunately, these types of people are sometimes offended in society and must be forced to like certain object or beliefs just because of gender.
  • Gender roles represent both as an issue and social fluidity. It is seen as an issue because of the offensive repercussions of liking different things of different genders, and it is seen as providing fluidity in a society because it labels people on gender and can group different people based on gender, making a sturdy social structure.
  • Gender roles are very representative in media and everywhere today.
  • Gender roles are very influential on culture and sociological development because it provides ideas and beliefs for young people on what to do in a society because of the gender they were born as. This also provides the person affected to have a better understanding where to be placed in the social structure.


Similarities


  • Gender roles and culture both influence the mind of a person in society by creating a sense of beliefs and what is right and wrong.


Applications

Gender roles are applicable in my life because it is because of these generally accepted roles as a male that I have developed so I can become the "normal" male. It is also because of gender roles that I am able to determine who is girl-like or boy-like, but this determination has affected my outlook on separation of genders and I aim to change that.

Culture

  • It is the knowledge, language, values, customs, and physical objects that are passed down from generation to generation among members of a group.
  • Culture can be passed down in two forms: material and nonmaterial. Material objects would include things such as skyscrapers and cars whereas nomaterial objects can include beliefs and ideals.
  • Society is a group of people in a defined territory and participate in a common culture. These two aspects, culture and society, are dependent upon each other and you cannot have one or the other.
  • Human behavior is based on culture and it greatly affects the actions and beliefs he/she may conduct or believe.
  • Culture dictates the relationships between two people in a society. With certain values and ideals infleunced by culture, the search for a relationship requires the "searcher" to be associated within that culture so it can provide him/her a conceptual understanding of what to do or not do.
  • In opposition to culture, there are genetically inherited patterns of behavior that are known as instincts.
  • Instincts are nearly non-existent in the presence of culture, but a culture needs certain instincts to be approved and dispproved in order to create a well-functioning culture.
  • Although culture has become a very influential factor in human development, it isn't the only factor. Other factors include inherited patterns, behaviors, and personalities.


Applications

Culture is applicable in my life because it is governs my actions everyday and it helps me know what is right and wrong in society. Culture also teaches me how I should treat other people and it gives me a sense of hospitality so I can treat others respectfully.

These Topics in History

  • Culture was represented throughout history because of politics. Most political decisions in history were based on the countries' OWN cultural values, which led to many wars and disagreements.
  • Social structures were in history during the Medieval Ages of European History. It was in this time period that most of Europe developed a feudal system, which was basically a social structure of this time period. It governed the acts of what people must do to create a well-balanced society and it showed the wealth of different levels.