Sociology In My Life Essay

1101 words - 4 pages

When I look back and try to analyze my personal sociological standpoint, I see myself as a functionalist with organic solidarity throughout of my personal background. However, I also support conflict theory related to my educational experience in United States.I grew up in a very diverse city and was raised in a traditional family: mother, father, grandparents. I think my family is the major framework for me. I believe that it is essential nucleus helps me function and be successful in society. I learned that functionalism in sociology supports idea of maintaining cohesion among different parties in society. Although, we are all so unique in our own ways of living, we still create harmony for functioning with each other. My mother is one of the major mentors in my life. Her voice always plays very important part in my decision-makings. My family works like an "organism". We all perform different roles on a daily basis, but still support overall stability in our relations. My parents taught me the ways how you function within your family relates to your functioning with other members around us. Strong family foundation gave me an opportunity to be an active participant of my large community nowadays.As we learned in our sociology class, functionalist paradigm/theory according to E. Durkheim exists in two different forms: mechanical and organic solidarities. I can say my grandmother's generation came from mechanical solidarity. She lived in a very small urban area, didn't go to college back then, but was a hard worker and helped with different skills on a farm. There wasn't absolute division between man's and woman's work. My grandmother did different types of labor each day, helping her parents to maintain farmer's land. It was very well known agricultural area, but very narrow-specialized in harvesting. Job market was very limited. All people in my grandmother's community were very similar in their roles and reinforced collectivism. She told me it was different type of life, but still very highly structured and organized. People lived very simple lifestyle, shared the same type of work, interests, values and believes. Everyone wore the same type of clothes, makeup, haircuts. There were small community clubs for people to socialize. My grandmother's community was very bonded. People back then had different political regimen. In 1960s nobody went to church because government proclaimed ateism, and it was a norm during those years. I do know that in 1960s Ukraine was labor-oriented country, mainly manual one. There weren't so many big cities, and majority worked in urban areas. Rarely anyone could notice something indifferent among those small communities. But, everything was very balanced.Well, I am the "product" of organic solidarity. My grandmother moved to a big Ukrainian city in 1970s. Since then everyone in my family, expect me (I wasn't born yet), had to learn how to function in a different functionalistic form. It is hard for me to see...

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