For my community service activity, I choose to complete my hours at a Goodwill location. I choose Goodwill for a couple of reasons. Goodwill takes donations of all sorts, clothes, furniture, appliances, and other household items and provides them to the public at a significantly discounted rate. For many years I was a single parent, and I fully understand the benefits of thrift store shopping. Unfortunately I was on a fixed income and at times could not provide my children with new clothing, or new shoes for their upcoming school year. Goodwill was a blessing, as I was able to get my girls school clothes for the year at a cost that at the time I was able to afford. During my community service I worked on several days doing the minimum required two hours a day. I watched the customers coming into the store and took note of their ethnicity, and appearance. For the most part I would say that eighty five percent of the customers were women, and I would say that ninety percent of the customers were minorities. I saw many women there shopping for their children as I have done many times before. “Traditional norms have giving women primary responsibility for child rearing and maintaining the household. As a result, many of the world’s women are overworked and underpaid.” (Macionis 253) So shopping at Goodwill provides them with the necessities the may need at a desirable cost for their family situation. Another group of individuals that I noticed at the Goodwill were the regulars. The regulars are a specific group of shoppers that are at the store when it opens and are there daily for hours at a time. Most of the regulars were there when I got there and were still there when I was leaving after two hours. What this group does is waits for the new items to be brought out of the warehouse. They are very competitive amongst themselves and are very aggressive in searching for wanted items. I asked these regulars why they were there all the time and I was surprised at their response. This particular group of individuals would buy items from the Goodwill at an already discounted price, and then take these items to the flea market where they would turn around and sell these same items for a profit. “Making money is considered the natural way of economic life.” (Macionis 334) And this was their way of making money, flipping the items they bought at Goodwill and hiking up the price at a flea market for a profit. For many regulars this was their primary source of income and it was a family affair. Other family members would frequent other Goodwill locations to obtain items as well. The majority of the regulars were Hispanic and it was quite obvious that English was their second language. I can only assume, but I believe that the families involved in this type of economic venture were probably immigrants from Mexico who were here illegally and were unable to obtain legitimate employment. Not to say that this type of work is illegitimate but no paperwork is required such as a social security numbers or driver’s license number to obtain a booth at a flea market. One individual that stood out to me the most, during my community service was a young boy. I did not have the nerve to approach him but I did notice him. If I had to guess I would have to say that this boy seemed to me to get a transsexual. “Transsexuals are people who feel they are one sex even though biologically they are another.” (Macionis 146) He must have been between the ages of fifteen and eighteen. He was a good looking young man; his hair was long and appeared to be very healthy and clean. I must say I was a little jealous of his beautiful hair. And he was shopping in the women’s section. His mannerisms were very feminine and even his bone structure seemed very soft and feminine. He reminded me of a character in the film Paris is Burning. The clothing he was wearing was somewhat old and worn but he was shopping for a dress top. I noticed the one that
In the book we are given an example about a boy who decided to sail alone around the world and stated that he learned a lot about people by doing so. He was able to take the time alone and reflect upon his relationships with others as well as feeling what being in solitude for long amounts of time do to someone. Proof that we are solitary creatures can also be seen in prisons.…
Even a community of saints will create sinners. For a society to be flexible enough to permit positive deviation, it must permit negative deviation as well. If no deviation is permitted, societies become stagnant. Crime helps prepare society for such changes; it is
one of the prices we pay for freedom.25 Furthermore, crime is normal.…
“Conflict theory is a major alternative to functionalism as an approach to analyzing the general structure of societies, and it is increasing popular and important in modern sociology” (Wallace and Wolf 2006). Conflict theorists looks at society negatively. Karl Marx was the main conflict theorist that also views society as being bad.…
c) Raising Non-Sexist Children
d) Hurried Children
e) Children And Self Esteem
f) Children And Abuse
g) Children And Danger: Coping With The Consequence Of Community Violence
h) The Impact Of Children's Consumerism
i) Children And Prejudice
j) Socialization Patterns In Canada: Do Mothers And Fathers Parent Differently And How Might This Impact The Children? Raising “Real Boys”: Mothers and Sons - Fathers and Sons
k) Who Is Raising The Children?…
The best part about it is that he just walks in class with “maximum girl power” as he called it and so femininely says “Hey boys”. He truly took deviance to a whole other level. There was absolutely no one in the class room who was not laughing historically. Everyone took this as a joke and not a way of being a bad deviant boy for not dressing as a “normal” teenage boy.
3. Social class:
i. Social class is the…
He would rape the women, and force the boys to kill their parents in front of their other siblings. He would brainwash the older boys and turn them into killing, rapist hating machines for his own benefit. Girls and boys that were too young to kill for him were sold into the sex black market or used as sex slaves for his soldiers. The number of children he has abducted and turned into soldiers for his army and for the sex slavery is astonishing. It is somewhere around 66,000 to 104,000.…
As an expanding service economy increasingly covets the ‘soft’ skills (and cheap labor) of immigrant women for a globalized, service ‘care industry,’ how do service jobs as opposed to factory jobs shape the life chances of migrant women today?
2. A new research documents the unexpected mobility of minorities, mostly the educational gains of immigrant girls over boys, from families and communities with very little resources.…
during industrial time in which factory owners paid workers as little as possible for as much work as possible and the workers wanted as much money as possible for as little work as possible
He believed this would lead to an armed revolution
Instead it lead to the development of the middle class
Capital- items that you can trade for goods and services (money)
In Sociology capital refers to just about everything dealing with the social network, human capital, etc.…
Sociology studies the social behaviour and how people interact, how it shapes our world.
● gender roles
● crime rates
● peer pressure.
Questions sociologists may ask include:
● Is our education system successful?
● Why are there so many gangs?
Fields of study include:
● Functionalism society is studied like the human body; as each organ in the body
performs a function, so does each institution in society.…