December 8th, 2013
Discussion Question #6
Interactionists argue that people learn their gender identities from everyday interactions and that the family is the primary source for gender socialization.Explain some of the ways that parents and siblings can teach gender.
Some ways that parents and siblings can teach gender could be: buying girls barbie dolls. By buying daughters shows them feminine ways, some barbies even have body parts such as a chest. Barbie dolls also have hair to play in so the child can know that its for girls. Buying your sons toy trucks, hot wheels, and little plastic tools shows them masculine ways. Men drive fast cars, work on cars, and need tools to fix things. When I was younger my grandmother kept me in the kitchen, would always tell me that “a man always loves a woman who can cook”, but would always have my brother doing the yard work telling him “women love hard a hard working man thats going to keep their house together”.
What is the “hidden curriculum?” What nonacademic functions does it fulfill?
A hidden curriculum is a side effect of an education. For example keeping busy, cooperating, and completing work. The ways that hidden curriculum are nonacademic could definitely be waking up in the morning doing your daily routine. Brushing your teeth, washing your face, making your bed, and keeping your room clean. Others ways could be eating breakfast everyday at the same time, lunch at a certain hour, and dinner also.
How do sociologists define religion? How is this different from a commonsense definition of religion?
Sociologists define religion as an institutionalized system of symbols, beliefs, values, and practices by which a group of people participate and responds to what they feel is sacred and that provides answers to questions of ultimate meaning. For example, I am christian. On Mondays, Wednesdays, and Sundays I sit in church with my family and other families to worship the Lord. We read