SOC 101 Introductions to Sociology
Instructor: Megan Reid
September 2, 2011
The United States is supposed to be known for the land of freedom and opportunities. Some of us today are living those beautiful dreams while so many of us don’t. The ones that don’t faced discrimination that denies them from having equal treatment or opportunities in our society. Theorist like Karl Max and W.E.B DuBois believed that the minorities were dealing with social inequalities when it came to economic. In my essay, I will speak about how functionalist, conflict, and interactionist view our economy and the effects on how some of these social institutions may bring too many of us. We all experience personal troubles in our lives, but it seems that when one personal problem is finished, the next one is waiting eagerly on the side lines for us. Personal problems are negative issues or difficulties people experience as they live their lives according to C. Wright Mills (Henslin, 2008). In contrast, social problems are aspects of society that a large number of people (macro level) are concerned about the objective condition and are usually a matter of public controversy. For it to be a social problem a large number of people have to be upset about something and want something done right away to fix the problem. But some people can’t see that our personal problems sometimes are connected to the social institutions. People have a difficulty perceiving these connections and still tend to see their personal problems as individual matters. How a social change in one part of society results in changes in other parts. When sociologists do their research based on facts about a particular social problem, they want to make sure that everything is placed in order to make sense of those facts. Also to see how these concepts are related to one another. They use the term theory to explain social problems. A theory is essentially a set of statements that...
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