The Danger of a Single Story (Video Response)

Chimamanda Adichie talks about a story that she read. The British books that she read were mostly about “white” people. She explains that she was very vulnerable when she read and impressionable. She was only exposed to British stories about “foreign characters.” She had become convinced that books only had foreign characters in them. She could not personally identify with these books. This changed as she found African books. She read about African people like girls with the same colour skin as her. The discovery of African stories helped her because she was saved from “a single story.” It is important not to judge people by a single story. Chimamanda was judged when she went to university. She had an American roommate that thought she knew “tribal” music and asked her “where she learned how to speak English.” Her roommate had a single story of Africa. Her roommate felt pity for her and automatically identified her with Africa. This video is eye opening because Western literature implies that Africa is poor. Africa has its downfalls, darknesses and negatives but it also has positives as well just as any other place in the world. The danger of a single story is a very interested video that made me think critically about the world and the dangers of a single story.

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My Cocoa Beans Story (Video Response)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=DEJzyaDFPig

I thought that this video was very unique. The music was very catchy in the video. This biography is of my professor. This video demonstrates the connections between Cocoa Beans and his life.  He lived in a village in Ghana. This is interesting considering he grew cocoa seeds as a child on his Aunty and Uncles farm. This was his part of the Division of Labour on the farm. He did this for ten years! In the video, the Global Sociological Imagination is used and Charles uses his biography to explain this. There is a connection between cocoa beans and Canada because he planted cocoa seeds around thirty years ago. Canada imports cocoa beans from various countries including Ghana. This could mean that the cocoa beans that Charles planted many years ago could be providing nourishment to people and employment to Canadians who work in the chocolate industry. Also, Charles education was paid by very influential people. Money was set aside by cocoa farmers in Ghana. The Ghana Cocao Board Scholarship team had helped Charles with his school finances. This story is amazing because Charles is now a professor who educations many students about Sociology.  Interconnectedness is also talked about in the video. I hope that this course helps me with my own global sociological perspective on life.

How to Overcome Ethnocentrism (Video Response)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqFv1aM8vqU&feature=player_embedded

This video is about ethnocentrism. It is quite interesting. It is about overcoming ethnocentrism. Avoiding assumptions is the key to overcoming ethnocentrism. It is wrong to make thoughts about a culture before we know anything about a culture. Assuming things before we know information is not a very good idea. Attaining information is the key to learning about different cultures. Individuals often judge others and do not take the time to actually learn about a culture. This is when assumptions and bias thoughts take over. I liked this video because it is significant to be a culturally relative person and to never judge others.

Shift Happens (Video Response)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=emx92kBKads

This video was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. In my opinion, this video is about how technology is changing the world drastically. This video is full of statistics that are eye-opening and surprising. This just demonstrates the impact that the digital, technology age has on people all over the world. This video is a bit old so the statistics could be a bit off. One interesting fact I noticed while watching the video was that “There are 31 billion Google searches a month.” This is amazing to me because it illustrates that technology is amazing and becoming more and more advanced in our world today. I found it interesting when the video described that “a weeks worth of The New York Times contains more information than a person were to come across in a lifetime in the eighteenth century.” The amount of technical information is DOUBLING every two years. Every day the world is advancing in technology. The predictions of how technology will surpass the human species was astonishing. Overall, this video was extremely interesting and I enjoyed it.

Chapter 8: Socialization and the Young Child

AFFECTIVE READING:

Chapter six is about socialization. Socialization is the process of becoming a member of a society, of becoming a social being, or of learning social roles. Socialization involves three elements. 1.PARTICIPANTS 2.PROCESS 3.REQUIREMENTS.  This chapter looked at the question: are humans social from birth? I learned that babies are born with thought and understanding already at birth. Feral children are kids that are not very social because they have lived away from adults at an early age.  I find this very interesting. It makes you think about the way individuals are in society. Some more social than others.

PARAPHRASIC READING:

This chapter was quite interesting. I think the most important part of the chapter was when the author was asking ” are babies born as social beings?” This is an extremely important question because it makes me think critically. It makes me think about whether some babies are born genetically as social beings or is being social something babies learn? I really enjoyed reading this chapter because it made me think outside the box! I like learning about the roots of social behaviour. For instance, if one society has babies with very quiet parents is it because this is what they are taught from their parents? This brings up the topic of nature versus nurture.

“This strongly suggests that the human infant is not born as an entirely blank slate to be written on by society, but that social categories of thought and understanding are already present at birth” (Anderson, 195).

This sentence means that babies are not born with an entirely blank slate. They already have thought processing abilities and understanding abilities at birth.

DIALECTIC READING:

What question did this chapter raise?

Why are abandoned or feral children detrimental towards humans and society?

Feral children are children that have grown up without the influence of human interaction with others. They grow up and they are not fully functioning adults.

How did the text answer this question?

The text answers this question by explaining that humans are social beings. Without the influence of others and the ability to talk to others life would not be the way it is. Humans need other humans and social interaction to survive. It is so important that early social relationships are strong because they are the backbone in living a successful life as an adult.

How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?

This answer matches our own ideas and experiences because it teaches us that we all should be social. Social beings are when people share ideas and share stories, experiences and everything. If people could not talk we would not be here today. Everyday we talk to people, and listen to others. If a child was hungry he has to tell his mother or else his mother would not know, therefore he would die of hunger. Social interaction is VERY important in the world.

Chapter 1: The Sociological Perspective

AFFECTIVE READING:

In chapter one, I learned about the core concepts of Sociology. Also, that sociology is a concept that we often take for granted. There is many types of cultural aspects involved with sociology that I did not know. Social class, culture, social institutions, reality, sociological imagination all have to do with the core concepts of sociology. I think that this is amazing because I never really thought about sociology being about so many aspects. I love learning about people. There are three types of skills, complex and critical thinking skills, research skills and theorizing skills. There are many core topics including race, gender, ethnicity, sexuality, sexual orientation, gender, culture and mass communications, and social media. I feel very intrigued by this because I am surprised that Sociology has so much to do with basic everyday things. I love learning about sociology because I find it interesting.

Paraphrastic Reading

This chapter covered key concepts covered in Sociology. I think the most important part of this chapter was the fundamentals of Sociology and how Sociology is basically about things that happen everyday but we do not pay attention to it. Also, this chapter covered key concepts like sociological imagination, the social construction of reality, and society as a product of human social interaction. I really learned a lot in this chapter and I enjoyed reading it.

“Becoming a sociologist involves learning that the taken-for-granted perspective we use everyday to understand the world around us is neither natural or common to everyone. It involves adopting  a  different core knowledge base that will equip us to think differently about the world and better confront challenges” (Anderson, 28)

This sentence means that sociologists must be critical thinkers that have the core knowledge base to think differently about the world. They have to apply critical thinking skills to understand the world to make it a better place.

DIALECTIC READING:

What question did this chapter raise?

What is important about the core knowledge base that Sociologists use?

How did the text answer this question?

The text answers this question by stating that having the core knowledge base helps sociologists understand the world better. It  makes them think differently about the world.They have to think with a purpose in mind. They come to a judgement based on evidence and a well-defined criteria.

How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?

This answer matches our own ideas and experiences because it teaches us that we all should be critical thinkers and learn to analyze different situations and we will be able to understand the world better.

Chapter 2: A Critical Introduction

AFFECTIVE READING:

Chapter two was very interesting.  I learned about critical thinking. Critical thinking is when an individual thinks outside the box. It is very important to be a critical thinker because you can analyze any situation or written article. Critical thinking is thinking that is purposeful, deliberate, and self regulatory, and that arrives at judgements based on well-defined criteria and evidence ( Anderson, 28). I really enjoyed reading this section of the book because I hope I am  critical thinker rather than an average thinker. The most significant aspects of a critical thinker are that they must have independence of mind. They have to have their own beliefs and opinions. We as individuals must question the “truth” and learn! Also intellectual curiosity is VERY important. I feel like I ask many questions in class so I am intellectually curious. Intellectual courage is an significant aspect for sociology and critical thinking because it means that even my own beliefs, viewpoints and values can be questioned.   I feel very good about this reading! I learned so much.  I think that this is an informative book and I learned about the characteristics of a critical thinker. They must have intellectual humility. Intellectual empathy is good because it is understanding other people and putting oneself in the place of others to understand things through their viewpoint. Intellectual perseverance is when people have the willingness to pursue insights. Reflexive Disposition is when one is aware that their approach can be fallible. Examples of critical thinking are in chapter two.

PARAPHRASIC READING:

I liked the section of the chapter when the author was talking about the characteristics of a critical thinker. As said before in my blog,  the most significant aspects of a critical thinker are that they must have independence of mind. They have to have their own beliefs and opinions. We as individuals must question the “truth” and learn! Also intellectual curiosity is VERY important. I feel like I ask many questions in class so I am intellectually curious. Intellectual courage is an significant aspect for sociology and critical thinking because it means that even my own beliefs, viewpoints and values can be questioned.   I feel very good about this reading! I learned so much.  I think that this is an informative book and I learned about the characteristics of a critical thinker. They must have intellectual humility. Intellectual empathy is good because it is understanding other people and putting oneself in the place of others to understand things through their viewpoint. Intellectual perseverance is when people have the willingness to pursue insights. Reflexive Disposition is when one is aware that their approach can be fallible. A sentence that is the most significant is :

“COMPLEX CRITICAL THINKING SKILLS MAKE UP ONE OR MORE OF THE THREE CORE SKILL SETS (ALONGIDE RESEARCH SKILLS AND THEORIZING SKILLS) THAT ALL SOCIOLOGISTS MUST AQUIRE” (Anderson, 28)

This sentence means that sociologists must be critical thinkers. They have to display critical thinking skills and have the characteristics of a critical thinker.

DIALECTIC READING:

What question did this chapter raise?

What makes a critical thinker? What are the characteristics of a critical thinker and how does this apply to Sociology?

How did the text answer this question?

The text answers this question by listing the characteristics of a critical thinker, which I mentioned earlier in my blog. Critical thinking applies to sociology because Sociologists must be critical thinkers. They have to think with a purpose in mind. They have to come to a judgement based on evidence and a well-defined criteria.

How does the answer match our own ideas and experiences?

This answer matches our own ideas and experiences because it teaches us that we all should be critical thinkers. Thinking outside the box is an awesome trait to have. It is quite beneficial.