February 9, 2014
PROFESSOR J. JOHNSON
The older and more grounded I become in the middle age phase of my life, the more aware I am of the person I have become and how the choices made both myself and my family have formed what is known as “My Life”. My family traditions, upbringing and values have influenced my biological, cultural views and values allowing me to formulate a life, principles, and a family similar in some aspects to my family, who raised me, while other aspects are astoundingly different. With my life and career goals very different from that of my parents’ lives and their expectations these influences by class, culture, and ethical teachings are instrumental in shaping my views, perceptions and how they played a part in my current family life. (TCO 3,4) Looking back at my childhood, I feel as if I was living life while being contained within a bubble. I was born in Maryland just outside of the city of Baltimore in the suburbs. I had three older brothers who ultimately absorbed the majority of my mother’s time and a work alcoholic father, caught up in a capitalistic industrial job playing the hunter gatherer roll, who saw us for what amounted to be minutes a day, never attending any of my functions. As seen in the structural-functional theory as it relates to gender, my mother conformed to societies patriarchy views because during the seventies sexism dictated a woman’s place within society. We all attended private schooling at the local Roman Catholic Church while being force-fed the same ideals and traditions that where instilled and passed down through the previous generations. I grew up in what is considered middle to lower class society and had a very narrow and sheltered view or the world outside or the discrimination others endured. My family, religious and educational values were dictated through threats for nonconformity in my family to include occasional physical punishment that would be considered deviant behavior by today’s standards, potentially resulting in criminal charges. To further monopolize more of my mothers’ time, she felt it necessary to play her maternal roll and had a fifth child nine years later. (TCO 1, 2, 3, 4,5) Growing older through my adolescent and teen years and trying to escape the shadows of three older brothers and a younger sister, I forged the wrong path academically, while looking for acceptance from peers which usually resulted with hanging with the wrong crowd. I fortunately developed good work ethic and habits because my father insisted we all work during the summer months to minimize the possibility of, kids being kids, and me getting into trouble. Upon graduating high school, by the skin of my teeth, I entered the Air Force. The Air Force hierarchy and structure reinforced and further instilled society’s views of conformity through rules and regulations. Protocols such as, the “Military Chain of Command”, allowed me to mature and changed my very sheltered views of society altering my perspective of society both national and globally. (TCO 3,4,5,6) My new travels, endeavors and encounters, throughout the world, during my military years opened my eyes to the gender, religious and racial discrimination people encounter. These views and encounters I experienced further engrained in me that if I wanted more out of life for myself, or for that matter my family later in life, I would have to have my own business. In doing this it, would afford me the ability to prosper in a capitalistic society and allow me opportunities known to people living in the upper-middle to upper class. After starting my own business in the late 90’s, and after several years of setbacks, trials, and tribulations, I feel I have achieved success. I have still remained a blue-collar worker and I believe I have achieved success from dedication, blood, sweat, and tears, not to mention countless hours of hard work but...
References: Macionis, John J. (2011) Society :the basics Upper Saddle River, NJ : Pearson Prentice Hall,
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