Unit 4 Blog Post

Having been born and raised in America it is hard for me to think of a specific example that really stands out. However I am able to talk about the norms I practice every day such as going to school or making friends even being hygienic. These everyday norms had to be learned at some point or else I would not practice them. I am guessing my first lesson that I learned was how to talk to and make friends when I was much younger. While I am not particularly social in my everyday life anymore as I am busy I can remember many times when I made friends back in elementary at middle school. I learned that this took finding common interests and mutual benefits. These things were much more simple when I was younger and I can remember making friends at school based on the fact that we all played the same online game. As we grew somewhat older into our teens we all still hung out but we did so because we all liked to skateboard. I cannot precisely pinpoint when I learned to hang out with like minded people but it must have been acquired at some point during my socialization. At some point in life I also had to learn to learn to practice basic cleanliness and hygiene in my everyday life. I learned that I would be held to a certain standard set by typical American society. I couldn't smell bad and didn't want to be greasy and gross so I had to learn to do what most Americans do and that is shower every day and brush my teeth and keep myself groomed. Many learn that if they do not practice such habits in our society they will find themselves with little friends and opportunity.

Of the the three theoretical perspectives the one I most identify with Functionalism. Functionalism is defined as “a structure with interrelated parts designed to meet the biological and social needs of the individuals in that society” (Openstax, 2016, Section 1.7). I identify with this one because it is the reason why I am choosing to write this blog post right now. I am working to finish my degree which in turn will allow me to become a functioning member of society (I hope). It really makes up everything around us and allows it to function as a whole. Another reason why I most identify with functionalism is because it was developed by Emile Durkheim who I find to be the most influential early sociologist. I talked about this briefly in blog post 1 but did not mention functionalism. Knowing what I know now I surely would have talked about this “social consensus” and “solidarity”which functionalism is built upon.