Sociological Perspective

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Old Dominion University

The Sociological Narrative

Ariel Henderson
Soc-201 MWF 2-3
Holly Wiseman
March 8, 2013

On May 15, 1989, I was born in Norfolk, Virginia to two middle-class working Americans with two obvious identifications, African American and female. Being born into a conservative society I would’ve said the odds were highly not in my favor, but growing up and working in a conservative society I can say the odds are even higher with fewer opportunities to change these odds. In this paper I will explain and share the sociologist C. Wright Mills ideology of the sociological imagination of historical and biographical changes that have impacted my life, values, and beliefs that lead me to believe that the society we live in has come a long way and has chosen the latter on the ways it wants to be perceived.[1]

20th Century philosopher Karl Marx first introduced the idea class conflict [2]. Class conflict dissociates society into two groups by power, wealth, and status. The first is the bourgeois (rich) group and the second is the proletariat (poor) group. However, in the 21st century we dissociated those two groups into three classes: Upper (capitalist) class, Middle (working) class, and Lower (welfare) class. I was born into proletariat group, but classified as middle class. Growing up in the middle class has imposed certain expectations and roles that society expects me to perform or become. The societal expectation for my gender is to grow up with femininity and inferiority to males, when including race societal expectations drastically change. African Americans are expected to be an inferior race and play the typical stereotypes, which are to perform sub standardly, being good in sports, receiving government assistance, inadequate ability to speak properly, having bad hair, committing crimes, etc. I became aware of female societal expectations first. In elementary school, P.E. (physical education) test required males to perform at a...
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