Chapter one of Social Justice Issues in Local and Global Contexts is about the frequently used important terms used throughout the course. The terms explain different ways societies view each other and different societies. Also it explains the way people view their own lives and how they connect to other societies. The section I believe is most important in chapter 1 is on ideologies. “Ideology constitutes people’s view of the world: how they see it and how they want the world to be. It is a set of shared ideas and beliefs that help individuals interpret events and that provides rationale for particular forms of actions. Ideologies typically rationalize vested interests of particular people. A group of people who share an ideology share a common set of ideas as to what the world is like. An ideology is a prescription for a way of life. This is the most important part of the chapter because it frames the idea that there are different ways people can view themselves and society.
The conflict theory has been an interesting theory brought up in class. The theory argues that society is grounded upon inequality and competition over scarce resources. In the news this theory is reflected by the story of a judge in Ontario turning down a mandatory gun sentence. Despite the danger that can be caused by guns and the fact there has already been a law placed against possession of a firearm, the judge still let the accused go free. The two basic principles of the theory are clearly shown in this story. The first is that power is the core of all social relationships, and the second is that the powerful promote their interests at the expense of the weak. The judge clearly has the power in this situation and from her decision she is putting the weak which are the citizens, in danger of firearm possession of others.
This journal is on chapter one in the text Issues in Social Justice by Tridico, using the method of affective reading. Chapter one is about how religion still has a firm opposition to the normalization of homosexuality. Although political and legal reform has taken place in the last few years’ religion has kept their position. Homosexuality is seen as an assault on religion thus making acceptance of homosexuality resisted. Religion has gained its legitimacy through many processes which makes it hard for homosexuality to be seen as okay. Although the state can make laws against and for homosexuality, the church has its own right to make rules. Overall Christianity has had a historical and consistent opposition towards homosexuality and has established it as one of the central tenets. It will always be seen as a threat rather than a progressive reform. I have mixed feeling about this reading because although I believe anyone should be homosexual if they choose to, I also think if someone chooses to follow a religion they should be able to as well. I think that homosexuality should be seen as okay to everyone and those religions that oppose it should not think of it as a bad thing. I believe that homosexuality reforming and becoming more acceptable shows how society is changing and that people with strong beliefs should expand on their knowledge. In the reading I knew of these religious groups opposing homosexuality in America and I also am aware of how homosexual culture is being more seen and accepted in this society.
I believe everyone in Canada has had their life impacted by the actions of others outside the country. The cocoa bean story is one very good example of how this is shown. Everyone all over Canada have dealt with chocolate before, whether it was a gift, or in some food, or purchased at the store as a treat. The fact that most of this chocolate purchased has come from a plant planted by a professor in Ghana shows just how much their life has impacted a whole country. Also the role can be switched, because from our purchases of chocolate it has impacted the seed planters as well. From Canada buying these chocolate products, it has funded those in Ghana to get an education for no cost. Although I am just one person, I can still be able to impact those outside of Canada. Not only am I one person, but I am a factor which make up a greater group. Just like the planting a cocoa bean, everyone in Canada does simple tasks everyday that will impact people from all over the world. Overall no matter how much we think are lives are meaningless to someone from another country, they have a great importance in the world. This is why all types of people; from all over the world impact each other no matter how small the task is.
The main assumption from “BODY RITUAL AMONG THE NACIREMA,” is that a large portion of the day in the society described is focused on the appearance and health of the human body. It describes shrines and how in every household a shrine is present, which is a fundamental part of the ceremonies one would have. These ceremonies preformed in the shrines are assumed to be the day to day grooming and health care taken place in a washroom one would do in this particular society. The significance of this article is that it is written from the point of view of another society. It talks about magical materials, which appears to resemble medicine and health care products. These objects are seen as magical because to a society that does not have the privilege to come across these medical products easily, it is out of the norm. The country the author is trying to focus on would be the United States. The author tries to reveal that other societies may see the US as an unfortunate one. This is because of all the technology they have come to create has caused burdens on their life, which questions how they still exist. The advancement in the US society can be seen be seen as a benefit, because in has caused a higher stage of civilizing. Overall this article shows how one society’s perspective of another society can be the complete opposite what they believe is normal.
My name is Cristina, and this is my first year at Kwantlen. I am currently enrolled in general studies because I have not decided what to choose for my major. I decided to take sociology this term for a few reasons. I have had some friends who have taken it in the previous term that say it is an interesting course. Second, because I do not know what I want to major in, I think by taking the course it will open up more ideas of what to do. And lastly I think sociology would be a very intriguing course to take because the study of other cultures and societies interest me. I have just graduated from high school in 2011 from Seaquam Secondary, so I have not had that much experience to explore different career options. The other courses I have been interested in were criminology and psychology, so I thought I would find sociology a good course to try out. I am also very interested in traveling. One of my options for a career I think I might enjoy is a flight attendant. By going around to many different places I think that the sociology course may help in understanding how the many different cultures work. In class I have already learned a few things, like all societies have rules in “the caged bird analogy”.
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