MY SOCIOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE OF THE PROCESS OF CAPITAL PUNISHMENT IN THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA |
Indiana University Purdue University Fort WayneClass: Principles of Sociology S161Student: Bryson RobuckProfessor: D. Holland Date: August 1, 2011
Semester: Summer Session II |
Prior to taking the Principles of Sociology class that I am writing this paper for, I had not thought much on how things in our society happened. This includes the use of capital punishment, also known as the death penalty, in the United States. Prior to doing research on this paper, and taking this class the extent of my knowledge and understanding of the topic is what I have seen in movies or on TV. As a young adult of our society I decided first to speak with members of my primary group, in particular my family members. At 19 years of age my family does not fit into the typical mold of most American families. I have a brother and sister, but they are both older than I am by about 15 to 20 years, so even they have a different perspective on certain issues that differ from many of the people of my own age group. I also chose to speak with my grandparents, who are now in their 80s, and my parents who are divorced. I can say out of these six people the person that has guided and influenced my understanding of society is and has been my father for many years. For most of my life I have lived with just my dad who was always taught me to look at the world with understanding of the many differences that exist in our society. When speaking about others he would talk about the issues that might be affecting those people in the choices they made in their lives. I found when talking with members of my family that their thoughts and belief in capital punishment had a direct correlation with their age. My brother and sister being both older than I am had similar beliefs and thoughts of the use of capital punishment in our society. Both my mom and my dad,... [continues]
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