Category Archives: Social Movements

Ruckus Causing Rebels. (repost)


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Ruckus Causing Rebels. (repost)

S. E. Hinton’s The Outsiders is a brilliant example of deviance and conformity. The novel discusses two social groups are rivals: the greasers and the South-Side Social aka the “socs”. We see a definite deviance for the greasers as they dress and act against the norms of the society, with the norm set as the soc way of life and dress. With them placed side by side as rivals, one can easily pick out the deviance that is evident by the greasers. The greasers have slicked hair and wear laid back and plain cloths and have a different attitude as compared to the colorful, prim and proper soc group; they’re literally juxtapositions. The greaser’s deviant behavior united the greasers together against the socs and the socs against the greasers. There is social change that occurs in that the two groups are starting to see each other as equals and one not superior over another after the death of some people in their crew. This promotes social change due to the greaser’s deviant behavior.
There is conformity as well as the greaser’s conform to their group norms and the socs conform to theirs. For example, Cherry, a soc, is friends with Ponyboy, a greaser. This is not normal, but Cherry says to Ponyboy that if she doesn’t say “Hello” to him at school that he should not be offended, which is due to her conforming to her group’s norms. Furthermore, there is conformity in the way both groups act when they fight, in the way they present themselves, and with whom they talk to. What one says goes and if there is any objection, it is taken as an offense to the group as a whole.

This is a good example of how our society is now with many different trends that occur and within gangs on the streets. Many movies have come to depict such actions such as “The Freedom Writers”. Because gangs and differnet trends do constantly arise in society, deviance continues to exist in society and is almost inevitable. (Ex: Hippie movement, hipster movement, women wearing suits to showcase their equality to men, etc).
The link attached shows some historical fashion deviances that I find very interesting to note as now they are social norms!

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/vogue/the-10-most-rebellious-mo_b_3228863.html#s2419719&title=2000_John_Gallianos

Submitted by Bisma Rais

Who Shot First?


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Who Shot First?

The conflict between Israel and Palestinians occupying Gaza isn’t new news– their war has spanned more than 20 years, with the off and on firing of missiles claiming a multitude of civilian lives and spurring on the continuation and escalation of the bombings. Social networking sites are being used by current citizens to publicize how exactly the warring is occuring, using tweets to note the elevation of the combat and the course the Isareli armies are taking through the streets and bodies of water surrounding Gaza. What isn’t being talked about enough is the political implications that have driven this war to be active for so long.

In the video linked, Hillary Clinton speaks of her previous negotiation of a ceasefire in 2012 between the two warring parties & the separation of power between Mahmoud Abbas followers and Hamas members and how exactly that’s split the Palestinian people and further instigated the Israeli drive to war. In the video, Clinton explains that during the ceasefire she helped to negotiate between Palestine & Israel, Abbas was working with the Isreali government to orchestrate a peaceful juncture in which the two could meet and discuss a course of action. Now that Abbas is gone, the Israeli people are met with Hamas, a presumably ‘for the people’ public organization working for the freedom of the Palestinian people. Yet what Isreal sees themselves up against is a militaristic, violently resistant front that continues to resist any cooperation and compromising.

What’s seen in play here is a definitive shift in power where political issues are being held in a public arena, using warfare to force the strength of one side over the other instead of being able to come together and discuss with one another a less violent course of action. Ceasefires have currently been proposed by Isreal and agreed upon by Egypt, only to come to vehement disagreement by Hamas because the cease will not address all of their stipulations. Stewart seems to believe Hamas is disagreeing because those stipulations are important and, as the voice of the people, they will not back down until all are agreed upon.

One thing both Clinton and Stewart can agree on is that the entrapment occurring & being inflicted upon the Palestinian people is disgraceful and unwarranted. The amount of hatred both sides have for their opposition that’s been instilled in their current culture has only come to create destruction, dysfunction, and a driven desire for eradication of their ‘enemies’ that will only continue to grow if the war isn’t properly handled very soon.

Submitted by Promise Hartung

Royal Domestic Violence


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Royal Domestic Violence

An artist, Saint Hoax has created a new campaign called “Happily Never After”. It is a series of beatened and bloody Disney Princesses that includes: Princess Jasmine, Ariel, Sleeping Beauty, and Cinderella. The caption on these posters states “When did he stop treating you like a Princess? It’s never too late to put an end to it.” Hoax created this as an awareness campaign to all women who have been victims of domestic violence. It is meant to encourage victims to report to the authorities so that these problems won’t be repeated again.

This campaign is not meant to scare little girls into seeing gory pictures of their favorite Disney characters, but it is focused towards the adult women that grew up watching these Princesses. Almost all little girls obsessed over the Princesses and Prince Charming and the wonderful happily ever after fairy tale that happens at the end. Little girls dream of marrying a Prince Charming and being treated like royalty, but does that always happen? No. There are so many women in this world that face domestic violence and continue to stay in the detrimental relationship. As shocking as these posters were to me, I can’t imagine how much of an eye opener it would be for someone who actually is a victim of this ongoing problem. To see your favorite Princess in the same predicament as you, and the caption itself promotes self confidence and courage.

Domestic violence remains at a high percentage and is still a problem all over the world. Many places it may be culturally accepted. It is a kind of power that uses hard tactics and irrational reasoning to not only physically abuse someone, but mentally. This campaign brings awareness to deviance and taking social/self control of one’s own life and gaining it back. The inequality of many relationships are becoming a big problem as women are becoming more powerful in society. It is time for change, and this domestic violence social movement/awareness is a great step in doing so. Great job, Saint Hoax.

Submitted by Daniella Pizarro

Stab at College Rape Culture


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Stab at College Rape Culture

All over the country there have been pushes to reform how colleges and universities deal with Rape. It has been found that when a rape or sexual assault was reported, certain universities tried to hide it or let the offender get off with a slap on the hand. Rape is wrong and by trying to protect the offenders, these institutions are basically justifying it and making it seem like its not such a bad crime. These students across the country are using their power of defiance to bring light to a problem in our society. They are challenging the powers of their university and giving a voice to those who were victims and weren’t heard. Hopefully their actions bring a change in the way these things are not only handled by these educational institutions but also by this country.

Submitted by Jayla O’Neal

Culture, Power, and Social Structure in Medicine


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Culture, Power, and Social Structure in Medicine

I found this news article fascinating as it expresses a range of sociological themes through one single news article. As an aspiring physician, I am routinely intrigued by news in the medical community, and also hope to travel abroad to provide care internationally.
From looking at the image alone, there are clear differences or examples of inequality that also present themselves as differences in culture, power, and structure. Culturally there is a difference between the healthcare providers who traveled from the USA and other established countries, and then there are the patients, who have been suffering from disease and do not normally have access to healthcare. Additionally, social structures identify between patient and physician, introducing more than cultural norms to the mix in providing treatment. This also goes hand in hand with the role of power, as physicians are given a responsibility to do no harm through their creed as well as provide for the care of the diseased.
This article discusses the Ebola outbreak in Guinea which is a hot topic to discuss, as many lives are being affected through the epidemic and organizations such as Medecins San Frontieres (Doctors Without Borders) are taking on the responsibility to aid the communities affected. Whether focusing on the macro level of healthcare or the micro level of patient-doctor interactions, the bottom line comes down to helping humanity and aiding life, whether in America in a practice, or flying out to across the Atlantic to save a life.
The discussion of the mob involvement struck me as interesting as it introduced a new party into the mix. The traditional power structure was changed, and the status quo was changed in a sense. Additionally, the inclusion o politics changed the scope of the situation and escalated it to a broader problem.
Moreover, by the mob accusing the physicians of bringing the Ebola virus, it was a clearer example of the varying levels of power and social structure. With a lack of scientific education, the mob members did not have the power to challenge the doctors’ science and creed, and the culture of the mob challenged the acceptance of good Samaritans into their community, thus lacking faith in their harmless intentions.
In conclusion, this article and image packs a sociological punch, whether from the political or scientific perspective. On my end, I am happy that I can see these varying connections, and to be able to see how things all appear differently on different levels from a sociological lens.

Submitted by Dhruv Sethi

Changing Perception of Sexuality


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Changing Perception of Sexuality

I found the “Same Love” song by Macklemore and Ryan Lewis interesting because I never really heard anything like it on the radio. It has become very popular and controversial because it touches upon a sensitive topic to many conservative Americans. Gays and lesbians have been discriminated against due to their sexual preferences ever since the beginning of time. Lately, more television shows include gay couples, such as Modern Family and the Fosters which plays on ABC Family reaching out to a diverse audience. This social movement brought about by the meda towards acceptance didn’t happen overnight and not everyone is still open or accepting of it either. In order for policies to be implemented for equality of all, the culture and social structure of the American society has to gradually change. This of course takes time and lots of enforcement from people in power and through socialization new generations will become more open minded.

Submitted by Diana Marzouk

Colbie Caillat’s new song has so many feminist messages


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Colbie Caillat’s new song has so many feminist messages

Feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Women have been oppressed for a very long and there have been so many social movements to make women equal to men. Recently celebrities have been trying to raise awareness for girls and women on being yourself. There is a lot of pressure on girls to be the prefect girl. When watching tv there are so many ads about products that will help women become “prettier”. Cobie Caillat recently came out with the song “Try” this song was inspired because she was tired of thinking she had to look a certain way to impress people. The song ends with ,”Take your make-up off/Let your hair down/Take a breath/Look into the mirror, at yourself/Don’t you like you?/Cause I like you.” This is literally what she means, the message is that be happy with yourself don’t do things because you feel forced to because you are expected to look a certain way. I love this message she has in this song because in our society there is so much pressure on girls to look a certain way. There are so many diets, makeup, hair products etc to “help girls out”. This is putting horrible impression on the younger generations because they are trying to mature so fast and are not happy with themselves because they don’t look like their perfect celebrity etc. The music video is also great because it starts out with people of all ages with makeup and hair done but then as the song goes on they start taking off their make up and undoing their hair and are just happy with themselves. This music video should really open people eyes on how much pressure there are on girls and how it really messes with their self-esteem and that we should teach girls and women to be happy with themselves because that is when they are truly the most beautiful.

Submitted by Sapna Desai