Sociological Theories Reflection
Institutional Affiliation
Sociological concepts have great influence in my daily life including work, home, in the community as well as my learning opportunities. For me, social institutions, especially my family, faith, and school greatly impacts the way I relate with other people. Of work, I often strive to demonstrate professionalism and ethical behavior which has been instilled in me as a result of education and my belief. In this course, the two major sociological perspectives I learned are gender roles and social stratification. Gender roles are basically the behaviors or tasks that different genders are supposed to fulfill ad shaped by society. Social stratification describes how people are categorized in terms of their social class. I will apply gender roles in my work, home, and community life by not deviating from what is expected of my gender and doing it as best as I can. On the other hand, I will try to educate my community, colleagues, and friends on the importance of equality based on what I have learned about social stratification.
Sociological Theories Reflection
Sociological theories play a significant role in explaining various occurrences or phenomena in society. Typically, sociological concepts enable us to systematically understand our social institutions, changes, interactions as well as organizations (Witt, 2018). Consequently, this comprehension shapes our behaviors and attitudes in day-to-day lives. This paper is a reflection on how sociological models impact my life.
How sociological theories/concepts influence my work, home, and or community life and influence my future learning opportunities
I would say that my life is largely defined by various sociological principles. Firstly, as humans, we are brought up in social institutions which engage in various practices which we later adopt. The relations we develop with people in those institutions shape our lives into adulthood (Thompson, Hickey & Thompson, 2016). For instance, education, family, and religion have affected the way I relate with people in various aspects of life. At work, I try to demonstrate professionalism and ethics which were reinforced and instilled in me through the education system. At school, we are taught on the importance of expertise and behaving ethically since it is not only good for the organization and the community but it also benefits us personally. Individuals can get recognition, promotions, pay raises, among other advantages as a result of being professionals and acting justly.
The way I behave at home is also based on my social institutions. For instance, have grown up in a family where certain values were a must. For example, I always treat people with respect regardless of their age, gender, and ethnicity among other characteristics as taught by my parents as well as in my religion. My faith and education are also largely responsible for who and how I mingle with my community. Religion is a powerful institution and socialized members of a particular belief practice the values and traditions they are taught (Witt, 2018). As for me, I tend to associate more with people from my religion than those from other convictions. As for future learning opportunities, I have education has been helpful since I have learned a lot on how to network and where to find educational help.
Two different sociological theories I have learned and how I will apply them in my work, home, and community life
Gender roles
Gender role is one of the sociological theories which I have learned from this course. Emanating from the principle of social constructivism, gender roles are formed which and considered appropriate for members of the different sexes to practice or exhibit. Typically, gender roles are the ideal behavioral expectation that society deems fit for men and women (Witt, 2018). These gender roles are taught at a young age at school, making people to strongly believe and behave according to those expectations. The society expects women to be weak both physically and emotionally unlike their gender counterparts, the men. As a result, many women tend to behave according to the set expectations.
I will apply the concept of gender roles at work home, and in the community by ensuring that I act as per what is expected of my gender. At home, for instance, I will concentrate more on fulfilling the tasks related to my gender and improve on them as much as I can. Additionally, I have learned that people may not always behave as expected of their genders by society. As for me, this is not abnormal and I will try to educate my community on the importance of accepting everyone without discriminating on gender roles basis.
Social stratification
The other concept I have learned from this program is social stratification. It refers to how people are grouped in a society based on socioeconomic status including wealth, income, and power (Witt, 2018). To a large extent, stratification makes us not to think for ourselves and feel powerless to create change for social and economic justice. I have learned that people or rather, our life chances are determined by our social statuses. Life chances mean the opportunities that lead one into obtaining resources which are considered as desirable in the society. Persons who are financially well-off in the society have a higher status, are more powerful, and hence, have better life chances.
I will apply the concept of social stratification to seek equality at my work, home, and community life. Given that life chances are largely determined by an individual’s social status, people who are socioeconomically deprived have few opportunities while the rich and powerful become wealthier every day. I will, therefore, be an advocate for the low and middle-class people by mobilizing the society into seeking equal distribution of resources.
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Witt, J. (2018). SOC. McGraw Hill Education.