I’m studying for my Sociology class and don’t understand how to answer this. Can you help me study?
learning journal should be at least two to three (2-3) typewritten pages (double-spaced). Please address each of the following statements when writing your learning journal:
1. State briefly the main idea of the appropriate reading.
3. Conclude with your sociological perspective on the situation.
What I’m looking for here is for you to analyze the life experience you’ve described using one of the three main theories (conflict, structural-functionalism, symbolic interaction). To help you do that, answer these questions:
1. Which theory best applies to the event you describe?
2. Why? (Tell me how it applies)
Here’s a quick example:
You might first write about the concepts of material and nonmaterial culture, ethnocentrism, cultural relativism. (You won’t be able to summarize a lot from the text; just pick a few key concepts/ideas that you found interesting from the chapters.)
Then, you would relate this to your own experience or something you’re hearing about in the news. For example, if you’ve traveled to another country, you might recount all of the cultural differences that you observed.
Finally, you could apply symbolic interaction to this experience by discussing how cultural symbols (gestures, etc.) mean different things in different cultures. Those meanings then allow members of the culture to make sense of, and participate in their world.
That’s a sketchy example, but I hope it helps. If you have any questions, please let me know
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