During the last few months I feel like I gained so much from Sociology 1100. Sociology 1100 was a great experience, I feel like I learn a lot coming to this class. There were so many different concepts like, sociological imagination, global sociological imagination, racism, discriminations, LGBT community and many more. I would say my favorite concepts in this course were global sociological imagination and racism. With global sociological imagination I felt very connected, due to the story that Dr. Charles Quist-Adade told about the cocoa beans. I never realized something so small can impact many other around the whole world. I honestly was amazed in his story, and now I think about it as a daily life about anything that comes across my mind. This concept actually made me realize that my life is not only connecting to my parents and my friends but also many people in other parts of the world. I now understand that my actions I take in my life can influence other people. As I mention earlier about my own global sociological imagination about my family store, I feel I was able to relate to Charles story due to the impact to others. Another concept I thought was very important was racism because this plays a huge role in our lives and many other. Racism well probably always be in our lives and no one can really change it but just to ignore it. As we watched the movie, Danger of A Single Story, and Race: The Power of an Illusion made me understand that many people around the world still this day have racist terms against one another. Also affects many others and changes them for who they are, especially in the video Danger of a Single Story, as she describes how her first writing at the age of seven was all about white, blue-eyed character, which drank ginger beer and talked about the weather. Adichie did not think people like herself could exist in literature, all her literature she knew was Foreign, British books. She also tells us how her American roommate felt sorry for Adichie before she saw her. Her roommate had a single story of Africa, a single story of disaster. In this single story there was no possibility of Africans being similar to her in any way. No possibility of a connection as human equals. It’s sad to know that this affects people lives, but we need to understand and learn how to not let this affect us and live our lives the way we want to. That is of course happiness and respectful. We all should be living in a peaceful place and not where we get discriminated for the way we are or the way we look. Overall I really enjoy this class and had lot of fun. I have gain a lot of knowledge that I never thought I would come across. I can see myself taking this class for the next semester.
Appendix One: Who Will Liberate Liberia?
In this article it talks about money and most of this money is going on waste when it could be going to children that are starving and are poor. Instead the United States of America are spending four billion a month to fight a war in Iraq due to Saddam Hussein. Bush Administrations clearly cannot see the important of life due to how much money they are wasting in order to fight one country. We should be helping children and providing food and shelter. I don’t understand why America`s are so selfish for their beneficial and cannot even have peace in their country.
Appendix Two: September 11: Forgiveness is Not Part of the Lessons Learned
In this article it talks about an event that well never be forgotten, the September 11th terrorist attack on the United States of America. Due to this many people are afraid to forgive and forget the past. However everyone needs to learn how to forgive and forget because then we would be holding something it in for a long time and might can cause rebel against another person. Furthermore, Bush attend to get revenge, however revenge is not the answer, in fact this would cause more problems. In the article there was a statement that I like, “If forgiveness was among the lessons learned, Bush and his team would not be seeking to go into another war-against Iraq in the shadows of the anniversary of 9/11. If forgives was among the lessons learned, the cries and moans of thousands of Innocent Aghan men, women, children from their graves would temper Bush’s war-mongering rhetoric and intentions. He would ponder over the potential loss of innocent lives of Iraqi citizens when he attacks Saddan Hussein.” Forgiving and forgetting is the lesion everyone needs to know other than revenge.
Appendix Three: Negotiation not Retribution
In this article this focuses on September 11th which as being a huge impact to many people throughout the world. Yet there so many tragic deaths still happening till this day on that we don’t even know. In this article it make us aware of tragic experiences that has happened such as the 9/11 attack and numerous death that still going on. It talks about how there so many weapons involved and each day innocent individuals lives are being taken away. Due to making war weapons, thousands of people were killed, as well killed in warfare. Also many industrialized are responsible for many deaths of people. However revenge does not fix anything, but instead actually causes more conflicts. One key to end these problems is cooperation because everyone has their right to speak and stop this.
|“What question did the chapter raised?”||“How did the text answer this question?”||“How does this answer match our own ideas and experiences?”|
|What is Race and Racism?||The difference between race and racism is race does not exist, at least in the scientific sense; it is a chimera, a phantom. Racism however, is a powerful reality: an invention that is absurd, illogical, irrational and nonsensical.||I agree with this statement, I feel that race is what the society invented based on skin colour, hair colour and texture, features etc. Example a Ibo man became a member of the so-called “black” race and the Englishman became a member of the so-called “white” race.|
|What is Racial Profiling?||Racial profiling is a form of discrimination by which law enforcement uses a person’s race or cultural background as the primary reason to suspect that the individual has broken the law||I find this very discriminating to many people that get pulled over by a police officer because of their race. Example a group of black teenagers are pulled over because of the kind of car they are driving.|
|What is Multiculturalism?||Multiculturalism is the doctrine that several different cultures (rather than one national culture) can coexist peacefully and equitably in a single country.||Multiculturalism is a very beautiful thing where all different culture can connect. When I was in high school, every year we had a multiculturalism day where our whole school would share different types of culture and celebrate it.|
The Sociology of Human Rights and Social Justice
|“What question did the chapter raised?”||“How did the text answer this question?”||“How does this answer match our own ideas and experiences?”|
|What is Socialization?||Socialization refers to the process by which we learn to be human makes us who we are or who we will become. It also makes us flexible and unpredictable.||This matches my own idea because I totally agree with this statement. I believe what we see and learn throughout our society is what makes us or who we will become.|
|What are Human Rights?||Human rights are universal moral rights that all people possess by virtue of being human. Human rights are entitlement and protections human being, irrespective of race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, religion and national origin.||I think this is pretty straight forward, everyone should be treated fairly and have their rights.|
|What is Retributive Justice?||Retributive justice involves the punishment of wrongdoers who have participated in voluntary relations such as criminal acts.||An example that I heard based on my experience would be, an eye for an eye and a tooth for a tooth. Meaning the notion that for every wrong done there should be a compensating measure of justice.|
Social Reality Construction and Global Social Justice
|“What question did the chapter raise?”||“How did the text answer this question?”||“How does this answer match our own ideas and experiences?”|
|What is Social Constructionism?||Based on the assumption that there is nothing natural or normal about the world we inhabit.||I would say social constructionism of gender because in magazines women are portray in a sexual way, but men are almost never portrayed in the same way. Or sometimes there both portrayed in a sexual way. Men are seen has a masculine and never show emotions and woman are supposed to be feminine. This is very stereotyping and barely happens in our world because our world is made up with different people, and different culture. Everyone is different in their own way.|
|What is Hegemony?||Is the process of control and domination by the ruling elite through consensus of the controlled/dominated.||Hegemony is used throughout the world in school, church, media, political system and family. Example would be like our parents, when were a child we are told what to do and what not do to.
|What is Global Social Justice?||Global social justice is the logical and natural extension of social justice at home to the international realm. In fact, one can argue that there can be no separation of the two as the former and the latter are two sides of the same coin.||Global Social Justice should always be treated fair as to child labor, racism, education, shelter/housing, bullying, corruption, religious discrimination, medicine, disabled people and poverty.|
By: Darrick Brake
In this chapter it talks about human trafficking, which is the purposeful movement of any individuals to places in which they are sold, or purchased into forced labour or bondage such as prostitution, industrial work, domestic work, or sex slavery. Millions of people are bought and sold throughout the world in a global trade that has a transnational network operating on profits in the billions of dollars. These task can be harmful even death to any individuals that has gone through this process.
What I feel about this reading
I feel that this chapter made me realize how our world really is, therefore I`m glad that I live in a place where were all treated equally and fairly. It sad to see that children are being sold or used for one’s benefit. It disturbing how anyone thinks this is normal for their beneficial.
What I think about this reading
I think human trafficking should be stop because no one should be forced to do something that they do not want to do. I think human trafficking is very disturbing and should be prevent because no one should get abusive violence, verbal or physical threats or other types of coercion in order to force their victims into life of bondage.
What I believe about this reading
I believe there is a lot more human trafficking out there that we do not know. I find it very wrong to force innocent people to do unpleasant work for their beneficial. I also believe that these victims are scared to leave because they might get killed or even get attack by them. Another reason could be due to debt and financial problems.
What I know about this reading
I know that reading this chapter had open my eyes and showed me that this world is not peaceful at all, in fact there is a lot of violence. I think everyone should start standing up for one another and support them and stop human trafficking.
By: Carrie Buist and Andrew Verheek
In chapter two of “Issues in Social Justice” the topic of discussion is Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender (LGBT) rights in society. It also talks about hate crimes, marriage rights, employment and housing discrimination, and economic marginalization, which have been put forward for the LGBT community and the coloured society. The Stonewall Riot was the first time anyone had stood up against the authorities to protect the rights of the LGBT community. Many politicians, and citizens in general, felt that same sex marriage would be a threat to traditional marriage and therefore illegal. Many states unfortunately banned all sexual acts between two people of the same sex regardless of whether it is consensual. Sexuality should be viewed as a continuum as opposed to the common view that it is binary as many people may have a change in their sexual orientation as they grow up. Although sexual orientation many change, gender roles may be harder to change. Gender roles are social constructs and are assigned at birth. Although gender roles can be unlearned many people are unable to do so. A word that can be used to describe many people’s views of sexuality is; heterosexism. To overcome the discrimination and hate will take years but the LGBT community will continue to fight for equal rights.
How do I FEEL about the reading I just finished?
Reading this chapter I felt bad for the LGBT community, because they are being treated so differently than we are. There nothing wrong with the LGBT community and in fact it wrong to judge them by their sexuality. Our world is made up with so many different people and their different opinions. I understand some people might not approve of this however I feel it not there place to be judging them and should mind their own business
What do I THINK about the reading I just finished?
I think this shows us how people throughout the world are being treated like there not a part of the society. As to being normal individuals that are treated with respect and to being lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender individuals being discriminated. It also shows us how the LGBT community have to struggle to gain there rights for being the way they are.
What do I BELIEVE about the reading I just finished?
I believe that the (LGBT) community deserves to be treated equally like everyone else. Not to be afraid of anyone judging them for whom they are. Also reading this chapter I believe there a lot of people that are very discrimination toward others. People need to start to realize what they’re doing and saying. Start thinking and acting in a way that will help make a discrimination free society.
What do I KNOW about the reading I just finished?
I know for a fact that people are always going to have different opinions and different views of seeing the world. And to make this people stop judging the LBGT well probably never stop as well. If it ever it did it probably well take a long time for people to accept the LGBT in there society.