Discussion Question #1: Choose any current social problem that interests you and explain it from each of the sociological perspectives as explained in the two part presentation and the assigned article. In today’s society we are faced with many social problems, such as: Poverty
Substance Abuse and Addiction
Children are our future, it’s very important to take care of them and provide them with the knowledge to deal with situations such as peer pressure. The Kaiser Foundation reports that about 50% of teenagers feel pressured with regard to sex in relationships. According to the symbolic people attach meanings to symbols, and then they act according to their subjective interpretation of these symbols. Verbal conversations, in which spoken words serve as the predominant symbols, make this subjective interpretation especially evident. The words have a certain meaning for the “sender,” and, during effective communication, they hopefully have the same meaning for the “receiver.” For some teenagers they may feel as though they have to have sex with their boyfriend in order to show them that they love them. This is a norm that has developed over the years. In functional theory, each aspect of society is interdependent and contributes to society's functioning as a whole. It has become more and more exactable for people to have sex before marriage and in many cases before a meaningful relationship. This creates more and more broken homes. The conflict perspective, which originated primarily out of Karl Marx's writings on class struggles, presents society in a different light than do the functionalist and symbolic interactions perspectives. Adolescents may respond to such pressures directly or by internalizing norms or preferences for conduct. http://www.answers.com/topic/peer-pressure
Colomy, P. (n.d.). Three Sociological Perspectives....
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