SOCI201 Critical Thinking Questions 1, 2 and 3
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Soci201 Victor Perez Critical Thinking 1 Based on your knowledge and understanding of the social world through Babbie's concepts of sui generis, reciprocity, and autopoiesis, answer this question: which is more important, the individual or society? Can this question be adequately answered? The question “Who is more important the individual or society?” is one that cannot be adequately answered because, in a sense, individuals create society but society also creates individual behavior. From Earl Babbie’s concept of reciprocity, which states that you are both a product of society and a reproducer of it, and his concept of autopoiesis, which states that society recreates itself, we can draw the conclusion that both the individual and society are equally important. Without individuals there would be no society, but likewise, individual morals and behavior would not be able to develop without the bounds of a society. Some may argue that a society is more important because a society exists longer than any individual, but if in their lifetime an individual did not adhere to the status quo of that society the morals, values and just the overall way that society is would change. Once an individual or a group of individuals changes the way a society thinks and operates, that society ceases to exist; it has been changed. Therefore, I agree most with Earl Babbie’s theory of reciprocity that the individual creates the bounds of a society and the society then continues to shape individuals with these bounds, but the individual and society are both equally important in this process, neither being more significant than the other. SOCI201 Perez Critical Thinking 2 Based on your understanding of Cooley’s “Looking Glass Self” and Mead’s idea of self and identity, how do we construct ourselves and our identities? Are these constructions potentially problematic? If so, how? According to Cooley’s “Looking Glass Self” and Mead’s idea of self, how we construct ourselves and our identities is solely based on other people. Cooley states that people imagine how people see them and judge them, and then adjust themselves accordingly to make themself appear more ‘likeable”. Mead states that who a person is, is because of their relationships with other people. He suggests that people are followers and take on the roles of others, never to create their own “self”. Therefore, according to these theories, identities and how people perceive themselves are not formed by the individual, but by the people surrounding them. These constructions are potentially problematic because, if these two theories are true, people are incapable of ever developing a true self image. It could even be taken to the extent that society actually inhibits people from ever being who they really are. If people are only concerned with what others think of them or taking on the roles of others, individuality, creativity and a person’s innate self are all at risk. It also suggests an idea of falseness in the freedoms we are believed to have as human beings. People think that they can be whoever they want and become whatever they want, but according to these theories that is impossible; we can only become what others want us to be. SOCI201 Perez Critical Thinking Exercise 3 At the end of chapter 7 in the book "Overdressed," Elizabeth Cline states that "The changing conditions in the fashion industry and especially in China may mean that consumers will soon be forced to change their buying habits, whether they want to or not" (p.186). What does she mean by this statement? What Elizabeth Cline means by this statement is that American consumer habits of buying whatever we want, whenever we want, are now spreading to China. With a quickly growing Chinese consumer class, this form of consuming could be very detrimental if spread, especially to China, since they have four times our population which means four times our buying power. Americans are already using our fair share of environmental resources but a country with a population of 1.3 billion people doing so as well would have extremely hazardous effects on the environment and the natural resource supply, such as cotton. Cline quotes Giardina stating, “If every man, woman, and child in China bought two pairs of wool socks, there would be no wool left in the world”. Increased industrialization and production from an increase in demand from consumers would also increase pollution dramatically, which is already an issue in many of China’s industrial areas. Also, as China becomes less driven in the fast fashion industry and as prices of manufacturing there continue to rise, an outsource to smaller countries who do not have the infrastructure or the skilled workers and technology to produce quality products will not be able to take on the same level of work. If China begins consuming at the rate and at the disposable level that Americans do, the world will have vast environmental problems and fast fashion will not be possible because it will be impossible for smaller countries to produce at the rate and quality as China.
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