Back when I was a little kid, my mother and grandmother used to teach me table manners. I was to never have my arms resting on the table when the meal was out, I was not allowed to eat until everyone else was served, and I was to always have a napkin on my lap. Today I learned this was called hidden curriculum, as it was “informal teaching done by schools (or teachers)” (pg. 102). As I grew up, I realized none of my friends or boyfriends had the same table manners as I did. But when I had my first dinner with my boss, he was very impressed with my mannerism. It was little things that I was taught that improved how others saw me.
One specific time I learned about skills was in middle school. My English teacher taught me how to take notes properly. While it didn’t pertain to a member of society as a whole, I was function better in my academic life, or the small society I was in at the time. One of my beliefs is to treat people how I want to be treated, and my grandmother used to tell me that. I grew up being nice to everyone I came across too, but didn’t understand what would happen if I wasn’t kind. So one day I stopped holding the door open for people, and they stopped holding it open for me. It wasn’t a massive discovery, but it did show how people interact with each other. Unlike Genie, I was never told to be quiet or beaten for making noise. But I was restrained, with limitations and curfews (said to be set for my protection).
Think about the three theoretical perspectives discussed in Unit 4 (Symbolic Interactionism, Functionalism, Conflict Theory) and their views on socialization;
Symbolic Interactionism is a way of studying society on a more personal level. It is how we interact, for less of a better word, with each other. People could study how teenagers act in a high school setting or how people work together in a close quarter office space. Sometimes it could be very friendly, other times it could get heated.
Conflict theory, from the book, is a power struggle mainly associated with “class, gender, race, and age” (pg. 66). The most prevalent form of this in American history is racism. For years, African Americans fought to have their identities and to have a voice. It wasn’t until very recently that everyone was on an equal playing ground. In certain states, people are still able to deny access to stores, shops, and restaurants for African Americans. While they have a right to vote, some people do not believe in equality.
Personally I identify with conflict theory the most. The biggest reason is I am a teenaged female in the work place. A majority of my customers ask me why I am not at home or where my husband is. While females did get their rights not too long ago, most people still see women as less than men. One of my favorite quotes was from the second Pitch Perfect movie and it was one of the main characters, she said “I am a black gay women, I understand segregation.” It shows that anyone, no matter the laws, can be “lowered” because of how others treat them.