Kaldor’s Intro to Sociology Fall 2012

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This course exposes students to the many subfields of sociology and the key concepts and theories that connect the incredibly disparate topics of social research. This course takes a particularly global perspective meant to help US students think about their place in a rapidly changing world. In their blogs, students reflect on what matters to them in the world and how to use sociological frameworks to derive new perspectives and insights.

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6 années 1 semaine ago

I was attracted to your article by the title. China has been known largely for their one child policy and everyone all across the globe has different views of it. I find it ironic that they’re loosening their hold on that policy now. In my sociology class we spoke a great deal about China’s one child policy. Honestly I never thought that they would ever ease up on that policy anytime soon. In class we spoke about how more than often the parents would want a son as their only child because it would better them in the future. With that going on it created a popular demand of a son as a child. As you said that creates a gender imbalance, and in the long run that doesn’t help the population. A ratio where there are more men than women is never a good thing. For example (not actual ratios supported with facts just random numbers) if the ratio is 4:1 (four men to each woman), there’s going to be a very large problem when these kids grow up and there isn’t enough people to mate with one another. In a sense I guess the policy backfiring could’ve been expected, I just didn’t expect it to happen any time soon.

6 années 1 semaine ago

I was attracted to your article by the title. China has been known largely for their one child policy and everyone all across the globe has different views of it. I find it ironic that they’re loosening their hold on that policy now. In my sociology class we spoke a great deal about China’s one child policy. Honestly I never thought that they would ever ease up on that policy anytime soon. In class we spoke about how more than often the parents would want a son as their only child because it would better them in the future. With that going on it created a popular demand of a son as a child. As you said that creates a gender imbalance, and in the long run that doesn’t help the population. A ratio where there are more men than women is never a good thing. For example (not actual ratios supported with facts just random numbers) if the ratio is 4:1 (four men to each woman), there’s going to be a very large problem when these kids grow up and there isn’t enough people to mate with one another. In a sense I guess the policy backfiring could’ve been expected, I just didn’t expect it to happen any time soon.

6 années 1 semaine ago

I feel that you evaluated on the film in great detail. I enjoyed reading your review. I never really thought about what adoptees from other countries went through prior to the film. I don't know why, but I just thought they lead a normal life and I didn't question anything about them either. I just thought that no one would even question them. I found the movie to be a great movie to give people an insight on the lives of adopted people. I have an adopted family member and she isn’t seen different or treated different. She looks like the rest of us in our eyes but she may not look like that to others. I never paid attention to if she’s different or not because frankly she’s family so that never mattered. After seeing the film, it made me wonder how people outside the family judged her. It made me think about what she might be dealing with outside of the household. I enjoyed reading this review though.Great Job :-P

6 années 1 semaine ago

The very original title to your post is what made me click on it and start to read it. I personally have never been in a situation where I was the only person in my town that was of a different cultural origin than everyone else. However, do to the fact that my town lacks much cultural diversity; there are some people that I’m sure feel this way. In my graduating class of 148 students, there was only one student of African descent. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to go to a school where I didn't look like I fit in at all, or like in your case, feeling like you don’t fit in with your own family. It must be awful to feel like you don’t belong. The only reason that people even notice these differences at all is because we live in a society that is still a little prejudice toward physical differences that show you are different than someone else. I think that it is really cool that you chose a film that you can relate to so well and that you were able to share personal information like that in your film review.

6 années 1 semaine ago

The very original title to your post is what made me click on it and start to read it. I personally have never been in a situation where I was the only person in my town that was of a different cultural origin than everyone else. However, do to the fact that my town lacks much cultural diversity; there are some people that I’m sure feel this way. In my graduating class of 148 students, there was only one student of African descent. I can’t even imagine what it would be like to go to a school where I didn't look like I fit in at all, or like in your case, feeling like you don’t fit in with your own family. It must be awful to feel like you don’t belong. The only reason that people even notice these differences at all is because we live in a society that is still a little prejudice toward physical differences that show you are different than someone else. I think that it is really cool that you chose a film that you can relate to so well and that you were able to share personal information like that in your film review.

6 années 1 semaine ago

Reading this blog post, I was so surprised to learn that so many Chinese citizens have not been caring for their parents as they get older. I have always thought that it was tradition for the Chinese to have so much love and respect for their elders, but clearly if they have to pass a law for some people to take care of their parents, this is not the case. I love my parents so much and although my family isn't very big, we are all very close so it is almost unbearable for me to think of not wanting to take care of them when they get older. I disagree with you that this law is a good idea however. I believe that having a law mandate whether or not someone visits their parents is very strange and may make their parents think that they are only going to go see them because of a law, not because they love and miss their parents. If I was an elderly parent in this country, I would constantly be wondering if my child is visiting me just to see me, or if they are just afraid of getting sued. This is quite an interesting law and I hope that it will increase the amount of children that visit their parents in nursing and retirement homes.

6 années 1 semaine ago

It is shame of how much damage a natural disaster can do to a city or country, like Japan. They just never seem to be able to get a break from the wreaking of their homeland. Downsizing the situation, when living in such a small town when disaster hits everyone and everything is affected. As a community we come together and work to rebuild what we had. Not only do the community members that were affected help, but also neighboring towns lend a hand to make the job go by faster. It means a lot to ones in need when people you may not even know show that they care. Generosity goes a long way in the hearts of others. I agree though that some of the wealthier countries should lend a helping hand to Japan. With the amount of money that our country spends on pointless things, we should be able to help Japan. Below are some of wasteful things that the United States Government spends money on.
http://robottears.hubpages.com/hub/Top-10-dumbest-things-US-government-i...

6 années 1 semaine ago

I really enjoyed reading your blog about this movie. In the movie, Somewhere Between, it is important to see through the perspective of the adoptive and biological parent’s eyes. It’s obvious to see what the four girls are feeling and expressing through out the movie. This blog made think about two boys that I know that were adopted from Gabon, Africa. They grew up in a very unproductive household, with little educations, a scarce amount of food, and no fatherly influence on them. They moved into a household that was extremely wealthy and to say that they were spoiled is a understatement at the least. Since the boys were adopted in their teen years they are aware of where their mother lived and who their other siblings were. I have also wondered how their mother feels now seeing her two boys living in America, getting a good education, having a bed to sleep in, and having new parents. I’m sure she wants the best for sons but it must be hard not to become jealous of the adoptive parents and envy what they can give her kids, but she cannot. After reading your blog I wonder now if Haley’s parents were jealous or envious of Haley’s adoptive parents in America. I liked though how you looked into the movie with your own point of view and if questioned if situations were different, how reactions or feelings would be different. Overall, this is a great film review.

6 années 2 semaines ago

These problems have arisen through out history. People make excuses why they can not help as much as they could. People and countries as a whole should not be fighting and trying to gain land. Each one should be trying to help one another. Charity is the way of creating a better world. THis was present when the people who were affected by the storm Katrina. These people's lives were destroyed so people came together and helped. This is also present in Africa. There are so many bad things going on with Africa that have not been looked at. These include lack of clean water, malnutrition, and much more. This is a great point you wrote about. It is understanding and continues to be everyday.

6 années 2 semaines ago

People go through culture shock all the time when they experience new cultures at many levels. A person could go into a foreign related store and have this. A person could even visit another country and have a greater impact. There are many different levels. These culture shocks can cause truly horrible results. As mentioned suicide can occur or even an elimination of one's own cultural ways. People in other culture could judge someone so much that it can break them down. I experienced this shock in a way when I moved from different schools and towns. Each one was different and scary. In these chances I broke down due to the great difference. Culture shock is present in all lives and in many area. Your article was great and very interesting. Great job.

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