Kaldor's Intro to Sociology Fall 2013

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Students in this class will be blogging about social problems around the world. Student bloggers will review journalism, social science research, and films concerning social problems in a variety of countries.

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by loval1 on February 15, 2014
There is an increasingly significant amount of students, faculty and staff members who openly identify themselves as, Transgender (Trans*). Transgender is defined as, an umbrella term used to describe people who differ from social gender norms. For some people it is when their assigned sex at birth and personal internal sense of gender identity differ (The Trevor Project, 2014).

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by hhuey1 on November 25, 2013
The social structure of building a new life after crossing country borders is about doing what you are told and appeasing those around you.

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by hhart2 on November 24, 2013
Being adopted into a family can be a hard obstacle for some kids to overcome. As a baby, being adopted into a family and being raised by that family makes that person a part of that family. Just because they fit in with their families they still stand out in the American culture.

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by egund1 on November 22, 2013
Fighting to Become Middle Class                   In the film 5 Broken Cameras, the Palestinians in this area of Israel are struggling to improve their economic way of life. They see and desire what the Israeli’s have and would ultimately like a fair share of it themselves. This would be a social issue in the social structure. In the film the majority of Palestinians are poor and lower-middle class. I really feel it is that simple but so many differing factions in each group are always jockeying for power and position causing many negative social issues.

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by shannonnye1 on November 20, 2013
In the movie Somewhere Between (Linda Goldstein Knowlton, 2011) Linda Goldstein Knowlton portrays the life of adoption through the eyes of four teenage girls struggling to know their past. As Haley searches for her parents Linda follows her experience to understand each and every struggle she faces and how she will overcome them, in order to  provide answers for her daughter Ruby who will eventually face the same struggles.

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by frazeefeet on November 19, 2013
     Despite the differences that people share between various cultures and societies across the globe, there are still certain values that remain universal that allow us to connect with those that we do not think we have anything in common with. One such value, as cliché as it might seem, is love. This idea of love as a uniting force between cultures was apparent in the film, Welcome (Loiret and Rossignon, 2009). Despite social and cultural differences, a middle class French man was able to help an illegal Iraqi-immigrant try to reunite with his lover in England.

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by tibez1 on November 19, 2013
Tracy Ibezim Black Girl Film Review

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by aller1 on November 19, 2013
Growing up in a community where the majority of the people are a certain race—one not of your own—can be very difficult. In some scenarios, being a different race from the community isn't really something pointed out, however in others, people sometimes make it known that your background is not the same as theirs. In the documentary Somewhere Between (Goldstein Knowlton, 2011), a film about four different girls and how their lives have been after being adopted in the U.S. because of China’s “One Child Policy”, being identified solely by your race in a neighborhood is pretty common. The documentary highlights many of the ways that race was the first, if not the only, thing some people saw when looking at an Asian girl in a White community.

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by kdust1 on November 19, 2013
The French Island of Martinique, was once made up of a society that thrived on discrimination and competition when moving up in social and economic status, during the 1930’s. In the film Sugar Cane Alley (Euzhan Palcy, 1983,) a young but intelligent young lad known as Jose, goes on an extreme mission to land an education to escape the horrors of the sugar cane fields. His main goal was to better himself which is a common goal that most people around the world try to achieve.

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by ksira1 on November 19, 2013
My Beautiful Launderette was filmed in London, England and tells a tale behind a tale. The main characters are two boys in their teenage years names Omar and Johnny who went to school together then went their separate ways. Years later while Omar was driving his uncle and his uncle’s friend home he spotted Johnny under a bridge, stops the car and gets out to talk to him disregarding the fact that Johnny’s friends were throwing themselves at the car while his uncle and company were inside.

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by ksira1 on November 19, 2013
My Beautiful Launderette was filmed in London, England and tells a tale behind a tale. The main characters are 2 boys in their teenage years names Omar and Johnny who went to school together then went their separate ways. Years later while Omar was driving his uncle and his uncle’s friend home he spotted Johnny under a bridge, stops the car and gets out to talk to him disregarding the fact that Johnny’s friends were throwing themselves at the car while his uncle and company were inside.

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by rcase3 on November 19, 2013
  Renee Casey   Challenging Many Social Norms  

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by Acola2 on November 18, 2013
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by cmoel2 on November 18, 2013
          Martinique is an island in the French Indies that has beautiful and very bountiful sugar cane feilds. In the film Sugar Cane Alley (Palcy, 1983) a 1930's Martinique is depicted and the story of a young boy named José told. José is a young orphan black child living with his grandmother who works in the sugar cane feilds. His village is made up of families who work in the cane feilds, all of these families happen to be black and their bosses happen to be white.

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by mthom9 on November 18, 2013
Love... is it really welcomed or not?

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by kwall2 on November 18, 2013
  Kelly Wall            Kaldor Blog Film Review Somewhere Between

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3 years 7 months ago

Stepping in Starbucks shoes, I feel that this is a very smart idea. A lot of costumers are college students who like to study as well as drink alcohol, so having beer and wine will increase sales. Being a college student I see the other side to it where as it could potentially get very annoying trying to do work in a bar-like atmosphere. My mom is in love with coffee and when I was younger we would always top at random coffee shops and the atmosphere was amazing, I feel like adding alcohol to start bucks will have an opposite atmosphere due to people being drunk.

3 years 7 months ago

Stepping in Starbucks shoes, I feel that this is a very smart idea. A lot of costumers are college students who like to study as well as drink alcohol, so having beer and wine will increase sales. Being a college student I see the other side to it where as it could potentially get very annoying trying to do work in a bar-like atmosphere. My mom is in love with coffee and when I was younger we would always top at random coffee shops and the atmosphere was amazing, I feel like adding alcohol to start bucks will have an opposite atmosphere due to people being drunk.

3 years 7 months ago

I couldn't agree more, kids these days are playing way too much video games. My mom was very strict with how long I could play video games when I was younger and I am very thankful for that. I feel that video games effect young kids more than college kids, because young kids' brains are still developing and by the time they are at college their brain is basically developed to its full potential. The only effect I think video games would have on college kids is just it being a distraction, which is an easy fix just get the game out of your life while at school.

3 years 7 months ago

I truly enjoy this article and it indefinitely sounds very interesting to read because it deals with an extremely important issue that affect a good chunk of the population in America. I know a lot of my colleagues who are juniors or seniors in their major and / or program are beginning to feel the stress of needing to find a job so that they can become financially independent and start their lives at a better place, after commencement.
Where does one find time to do any outside time to apply for scholarships, jobs, internships, et cetera? I know it gets done, but, it must take longer hours and almost no lunch or dinner times to do so. Most juniors and seniors that I know work on and / or off campus and take 15 or more credits on top of having an internship. The notion that most if not all college students are “alcoholics,” or “drug addicts” are not true. There is a good majority of the student population, on any university campus, who work hard day and night just to survive from financial drowning. College/University students do not have it as “easy” as most people who are on the outside assume. Many students have more social, familial and financial problems than many lead on. This leads to long nights, fatigue, and constant emotional and psychological stress.
The College at Brockport does its best to help its students survive, and get their name out there in the “real world” by bringing many local employers to the college for a Job/Internships Fair and by making many programs and majors have field placement requirement for a student’s senior year at a local employer in that field of study.
Having people have the freedom to choose whether attending a higher institution of learning is good for them is an option that the American culture should consider. Obviously, if everyone is over qualified for every position there may be more social and economic problems because who will do the jobs that are blue or white collar jobs? (e.g., Sanitation, Administrative and Office Assistants, et cetera).

3 years 7 months ago

What a beautiful summary of this wonderful act by Montreal’s Mayor, proclaiming that there is imminent support from Montreal’s city hall to the people who identify within the LGTQ population.
In some ways America is beginning to solve some of its social problem, especially with the LGBTQ population, but at most time there are still some discrepancies that prevent education from being the sole master to deplete ignorance, hate and violence. In a nearby state, Massachusetts has been one of the sole states that provides lawful rights and protections to LGBTQ people. New York State does not fully protect the LGBTQ population because there are only protection laws for those who identify as “Gay,” “Lesbian,” and “Bisexual.” For those who identify as “Transgender/Trans*” or “Queer” there are no protection laws to protect discrimination against Gender Expression and Gender Identity.
One day, I hope to see the rainbow flag hanging and whipping in the wind right outside the senate house in the States because that will one hell of a story to tell the children of the future, how those who are perfectly human had been marginalized for such a long time.

3 years 8 months ago

I agree the drinking age should remain at 21. Growing up I was always taught how dangerous alcohol was, drunk driving, alcohol poisoning, etc. I feel that alcohol is fine as long as one knows what he/she can handle, it is done in moderation and no one is drinking and driving. That being said I feel that you need to be mature to drink alcohol for obvious reasons, and I feel that the problems with alcohol will just sky rocket if the age is lowered because 18 one is just not mature enough. For example if it were lowered to 18 college would be a mess kids would get messed up all the time because they could and it is legal, it staying at 21 keeps a lot of kids inline. Most college students can most likely get alcohol whenever they want any way but they don’t do it as much because its somewhat a process.

3 years 8 months ago

Well, it seems that the Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan, has a very interesting approach to winning people over to vote for him. Well, I must say I am not an avid user of the Twitter website, but I know that it is popular because you get to tell people what you are doing at that very moment, hoping that someone will care and show appreciation by commenting… or whatever happens on Twitter when one is Tweeting about their life.
This is an extreme approach on the Turkish Prime Minister because many people already despise him and he is not adding a nice effect to himself by stating that all will know his power and control when he comes into power on election day. My, what a cruel essence of this person, because obviously the Prime Minister is not happy in his life so he wants to ruin other people’s lives and use his “power” to control others. This is sad. Granted, I am not a fan of many popular social media networks, but this is haltingly inappropriate to just backlash against people and ruin their days and their ability to be able to express themselves through the many different mediums of speech. However, if this happened in American I would not be affected, as I would rather keep my private life, private. On the other hand, this would violate laws set in place in America on Freedom of Speech. I do not know how the government in Turkey is structured and how their laws are set in place and enforced, however, this is a precedent issue as this is utterly ridiculous because the Turkish Prime Minister just wants to abuse his “power.”

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3 years 8 months ago

I am very pleased that someone brought this to the attention of the public and in the actual type of publication that it needed in order to surface. Your title was immensely engaging which is why I chose this article to view and respond to but what also captured my attention of this social issue is that it seems it gets harder and harder to truly know what "Love" means in the English language. Dating is an interesting social concept, I myself have never dated anyone but from those around me, I have speculated that it is indefinitely interesting to do so. The article states the different ages that are now" "going out" and / or "hooking up" and this frightens me. What happened to simplistic social interactions? Why does sex (copulation) not mean anything? Maybe it does to some people and they just did not make it in their study. It seems to me that "hooking up" is only a matter of wanting to "get off." I find this fascinating. Then, another added layer is the fact of violence that spews from "dating" or "hooking up" with someone and it definitely is fair to say that one "dates" to not be "lonely" anymore but to also engage in sexual acts for imminent pleasure. Perhaps, this study can be taken to more levels of education on how to treat oneself and another human being. My overall question to this type of social issue, is: “What happened between the invention of cellphones and social interactions? Is it because of such electronic gadgets that most of us do not know how to engage with another person on an intimate and social level?” My answer to this question and to the article in a responsive form is: “It is hard to pinpoint the exact moment when social interactions between two (or more) mating couples became extremely violent, or less communicative, or less emotional, rather I think that there are a lot of layers to this that can be stated. Frankly, the way that many young men in America are taught to act and behave in a stoic manner is disturbing. Violence seems to be the only way that men know how to express themselves when there is internal emotional turmoil. A lot of the predicaments of sexual and / or violent assault are sexed as male, however, no one talks about the sex, female. Violence to men from their lover happens on many occasions, again, men are left to lick their own wounds. It makes me happy to read from other comments about this that there are resources and organizations that are being started to help people who are in relationships that are toxic and do not know how to handle the relationship or themselves, or the other person. This gives me hope, that one day we may be able to stop building more walls around ourselves and begin to break out of our comfort zones and begin to take actions to things that are only complained about instead of discussed and talked about to begin to solve the problem.

3 years 9 months ago

This is such an interesting topic and I am happy that you have made an article about it. Seeing the different perspectives and viewpoints and cultures when it comes to Gender and Sex are so interesting. First, I wish that Gender and Sex were not used as interchangeably. Gender is a social construct based on a group of emotional, behavioral and cultural characteristics attached to a person’s assigned gender (Trevor Project, 2014).One's biological sex is all about genitalia, hormone levels, genetics, chromosomes, etc. it really has nothing to do with the person in terms of how they feel or who they actually are and identify. Please be careful to note that when saying someone who is identifying as Transgender or another gender variant identity, that person has always been that identity, where the problem lies is the social pressures of having to be "perfect" in terms of how one behaves and live up to others expectations of them because of their assigned sex at birth. I am also rather apprehensive when using the term Gender Identity Disorder (GID) as that has such negative connotations to it. Someone who identifies outside of their societies traditional constructions of gender does not have any assortment of mental or psychological disturbance. Where one gets "psychologically disturbed" is when one is not able to truly express themselves and be socialized comfortably as they identify.
Gender is an extremely touchy topic as it is something that has been constructed for our own understanding of our environment and for absolute control. In New York State, which is on the northeast side of the United States, there is no protections for individuals who identify as Transgender or Queer as the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (GENDA) has not been passed, yet. It is at the moment in the branch of government called Congress, moving through the various branches and waiting to be passed as GENDA would extend the New York State Human Rights Law to ban discrimination on the basis of gender identity and expression as well. Similarly, it would add gender identity and expression to these same categories already included in New York’s hate crimes law (Empire State Pride Agenda, 2014).
It is interesting to me, that I noted that even in a more spiritual place like Thailand, there is still some dissonance when it comes to someone identifying differently than the sex and gender they were assigned at birth. Though, the violence rate may be lower towards people who identify as Transgender than the United States. I like perspectives on issues. Another perspective is that I think it is nice that there is concern for someone who identifies differently than the sex and gender they were assigned at birth since someone people may regret their confirmation surgery. However, I think if people who identified as Transgender, Queer, or another gender variant identity, were honored and seen as something wonderful and special rather than something awful and putrid, I believe that human beings can then begin to breathe a bit easier to understand, fully, who they are. There is so much dissonance, and hate in the world along with social pressures to be what others want you to be for their own benefit, that the humanity of treating each other with compassion, understanding, and acceptance gets lost in the haze of societal constructions of organized thought.

3 years 9 months ago

It seems that this article raises absolutely wonderful points. I feel as though (like every social issue) there are several dimensions to this equation. As someone who is allergic to Beef and Pork, I am always bombarded with questions of how I "get protein" or people feel "sorry" for me because I cannot eat what most see as the ONLY and "BEST WAY" of obtaining protein. Of course, this is not the case. I am an extremely healthy individual (probably more healthy than most in some cases) because I eat a various of assortments of vegetables, fruits, grains, and protein. I get my protein from sushi, tofu, beans (which are delicious and packed full of protein), and other protein and edible arrangements. Now, it is always been a question to me of why people are so fascinated and sorry for me because I cannot consume a bovine or a pig. The questions that have been posed is wonderful. It is true. We are creatures that learn from the environment around us, so "meat" is also seen as a rather gender and social status type of paradigm as those who are wealthy (enough) can go to the supermarket and buy meat. This paradigm of "meat" can also be seen as an overtly "masculine" tasks as the "men" are the hunters and bring the "meat home." I have seen where eating red meat has been a point in someone's masculine identity, and I find that to be interesting in itself. Because human beings have the ability to make connections and logical assumptions and gather information, and we assume that other creatures cannot, or at least not in the same way is a reason why human beings believe that humans are "better" and "stronger", which one can argue and state that a lot of the other animals have a better structure to their lives. Example, ants are one of the best architectures of natures and society builder. Bees are the same way, they work together, until the task is completed. This topic in itself is interesting and people will not stop eating beef or pork or chicken overnight, but at least education can make some people acknowledge that there are healthy benefits for different dietary needs.

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