Sociological Perspectives on Race, Ethnicity and Life Chances.
This discussion is focused on understanding our world from a sociological perspective. To bring that into focus please comment on the following sentence:
How has your social location affected your life chances with a particular focus on gender and ethnicity?
Before you post a comment, consider the following definitions.
1. Social location is composed of all those social characteristics that define your identity. History (meaning the year you were born) and where you were born both have strong impacts on life chances. Pay particular attention to those characteristics by which people who don’t know you judge you. Most important for this discussion are your gender, your ethnic background and your social class status (meaning if you were born rich, poor or in between)
2. Life chances are defined as all the opportunities and disadvantages you experience as a result of your own social location (see above.) For example, if you were born a hundred years ago and you are a woman it’s likely you would not have been allowed to go to college. If you are a man born during the 50’s it may have limited your career choices. Don’t limit yourself to just age or era. If you are white, how do you experience the world and your life chances?. Do you imagine it would be different if you were an immigrant with brown skin?
Clearly, these are complex questions and require a bit of thought. As C. Wright Mills tells us, a sociological imagination allows us to connect personal struggles and troubles to social forces. Please reflect on your own understanding of how you shape society and how society shapes you.
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