A Slice of My Life
Chamberlain College of Nursing
A slice of My Life
The older I grow the more everything begins to come together in relation to the type of person I am today, and how the choices my family and I have made have shaped and become the definition of this thing I call "life". I have a pretty good idea about who I am as a person, but after all the discussions we hold in class, I was starting to become curious about the kind of person I am in the eyes of our society. C. Wright Mills' philosophy will light the way for me in finding out how each of my social influences have effected me in either a positive or a negative way. In this assignment I will attempt to investigate the interconnections between my ethnicity and social structure that make up my biography. Given my early age I do not have much history to look back on other than school and when I moved across country, but here it goes.
What was true for my family and I'm sure many others as well, the way I was raised and the social interactions I have experienced have shaped the socialization of my life as a young adult. I am one of 3 children, I am the youngest of my two older brothers and my parents have been married for 26 years; we represent the typical "NUCLEAR FAMILY" according to the FUNCTIONALIST PERSPECTIVE. (TCO 3) We had structure and discipline in my house, if we were bad or acted up, we were hit with a wooden spoon. Now a day, this would be considered a DEVIANT ACT because parents today do not like to discipline their children by spanking anymore. To me, being disciplined affected me in a positive way. It taught me the differences between right and wrong and what was acceptable from what was going to get me spanked. My parents established us as a working MIDDLE-UPPER CLASS family and raised us in a small rural town in New Jersey. Our town was very small, the type of town where everybody knows everybody and their personal business! My parents stressed to us that our CULTURE and EDUCATION were our main priorities and would be the building blocks of our future. (TCO 3,4,5) My parents also showed us at an early age that family, religion, and morals were of great importance. We attended Catholic Mass every Sunday and always ate dinner as a family. Typically everyone in our town was of white decent and there were very few African Americans, so at this point in my life I was not very aware of any other religion or ETHNICITY other than white. I feel like this sheltered me towards other ethnicities, as I wasn't exposed to them early on. The same goes for religion, growing up in New Jersey everybody I knew was Catholic or Jewish- as far as I knew those were the only two religions in life. Therefore, when my parents decided to move me from New Jersey to Arizona, I experienced a CULTURE SHOCK. (TCO 3) Not only was the scenery and way of life here completely opposite from my life that was a mere twenty minutes from one of the largest cities in the world, I was seeing and meeting people who were nothing like the people I grew up around. There were people from all over the place, and it was like finding a needle in a haystack to meet someone who was originally from Arizona. I was away from all my friends, family, and living in a different CULTURE, which really affected my emotions to where I felt DISORIENTED. The ENVIRONMENT was a complete polar opposite from where I grew up. Although one this I did notice about my home state of New Jersey, is how ETHNOCENTRIC Italians are about our state. I am a full-blooded Italian and moving to Arizona I did sort of think of myself a little bit higher than other cultures when I was younger, I was a very proud Italian! (TCO 1,2,3,4,5) For me, this part of my life was spent going through a RESOCIALIZATION. (TCO 4) I had to let go of everything I was brought up around and learn to live in the desert. I was in a new state, a new school, with new friends, and a new house that was not the one...
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