First of all to make my argument concise, I would like to state the definition of nationalism. So what is nationalism? According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary it is loyalty and devotion to a nation especially, a sense of national consciousness exalting one nation above all others and placing primary emphasis on promotion of its culture and interests as opposed to those of other nations. Now to answer the question “is nationalism a progressive force or dangerous phenomenon?” in my opinion i believe nationalism is a dangerous phenomenon because of the following reasons which i would further explain. Conformity, people behaving according to societal norms, beliefs and values even if it goes against their own beliefs. Limitation of growth economically and socially. Loss of identity and also identity used as a weapon against other people. It can also make the citizens of that nation become very ignorant and other perilous factors like manipulation and generalization can arise from ignorance. A lot of things, like a minority group or immigrants in a nationalist country losing their language which is a big part of anyones culture can be as a result of assimilation, which is people of different backgrounds coming to see themselves as part of a larger national family. All because of conformity they do not want to be seen as outsiders or aliens. Conformity does away with differences, nobody has the avenue to be different, discounting the idea of differences and anything else that that negates from the general idea of how to be or live in that nation. A big example that i believe is common, how homosexuals or transgenders are seen or how people act towards them. The social norm is for an individual to be heterosexual or to stick with the sex you were born with, but when some people go against those social norms they are seen as evil or mentally ill and in some nations like Saudi Arabia they can be killed or given a lengthy jail sentencing in some other countries. Nationalism does not allow individuals to be individuals and that is risky because you might repress a great individual from benefitting the world. Like Emerson Ralph said “To be yourself in a world that is constantly trying to make you something else is the greatest accomplishment.” Nationalism leads to the limitation of growth socially and economically because nationalists refuse to change or adapt to other ways of doing things probably because of a superiority complex. Any ideas of change would be shut down so they would not be able to develop new infrastructure, trading internationally is extremely limited, most of the products are domestic, which might leave the nations economy is shambles and the people starving to death. North Korea is an example. Production relies heavily on the agricultural sector yet the people barely have food, although it is a centrally planned system, the role of market allocation is limited. North Korea remains as one of the world's poorest and least developed countries. For any country to be successful it needs to be able to grow but as far as nationalism plays a large part in that nation its…
Examine the different functions performed by the family for individuals and society
There are many different functions performed by the family, and different sociologists have different theories as to how families are an essential factor in socialisation, and society. Functionalists like George Murdoch studied the importance of different functions in the family, he believed that family was universal and had 4 key functions. The first function is 'stable satisfaction of sex drive'…
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Assess the nature and extent of family diversity in society today? (24 Marks)
Family diversity is any different family type that deviates away from the nuclear family (Two generations under one roof. Other family types include single parent families, the extended family and many others.
Throughout our lives we will find ourselves in a variety of different family types, for example when we are born we are likely to be in a nuclear family. However as we get older we might move into one…
Viewing the family in terms of fairly predictable features from formation to dissolution.
Looking at relationships formed by an individual in the course of their life.
Families where at least one of the adults has a child from a previous relationship.
Single parent family
Families headed by only one parent.
Same sex families
Families headed by adults of the same sex.
A family consisting of two generations (parents…
Assess the view that the family benefits all members of society.
The view of "Family benefits all members of society" is a Functionalists view on family. Functionalists believe that every family and every part of it should have its importance to the society. Functionalists like Murdock believe that for this to be true, there are four things every family must do or have. One of these things is primary socialisation, which is the thought that parents must teach their children…
The family dynamics within a family can differ so greatly and be very alike all at the same time. The information that is going to be provided below is on a broad spectrum of family dynamics because there is so much to cover. Family dynamics covers things from why children are depressed, single parent households, stresses of working parents and the roles men and women play and many more. Family dynamics affect the way a person grows up and what their social norms are and what is expected…
Does the family benefit men more than women?
In this report I'll state weather the family benefits men more than women based on sociological studies.
A research conducted by Young and Willmott in the 1970's suggested that the roles in they family were becoming more symmetrical; I.e. there were joint conjugal roles. Conjugal roles are roles men and women have in relation to housework and childcare in the home.
Feminist sociologists argue that Young and Willmott are wrong, feminists believe that…
How far would sociologists agree that marriage and family life benefit men far more than women?
Some sociologists would agree with the statement. For example, feminist writers argue that society is essentially a patriarchy – a male dominated society – with a range of inequalities and conflicts between men and women. Feminists see the family as a unit based on patriarchy, reproducing and supporting a society in which men have most of the power, status and authority.
Form an early age girls get…
Nationalism: The Preservation and Progression of National Identities
The idea of nationalism in Eastern Europe is a relatively modern one. Interestingly enough, it is not an idea that can be delineated definitively, but rather an idea subject to interpretation. Over the years, many men have speculated over this concept and construed their own meaning through the scope of their encounters with governmental and cultural influences. Two highly revered and self-proclaimed nationalists, Frantisek Palacky…
19 September 2012
In the article Gastronationalism: Food Traditions & Authenticity Policies in the European Union, the author represents Micro- and Macro- levels of analysis. He attempts to draw connections between the different levels. The connections drawn between the different levels are “how the state intervenes in the market. They act like an agent and a broker for the production and distribution of food.
However, some countries…