Social Norms In Society

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Throughout the entire world, there is not one person who has lived their life without in some way affected by the social world and norms around them. A social norm is an implicit and unwritten rule that governs the behaviors of members in a society and can vary across a multitude of societies (Lecture, Jan 19). Social norms can be thought of as a result of bigger social issues within a society and can be influenced by gender roles, social class, and ethnicity. I too am not immune from these social norms which have been governing the society my ancestors have lived in and the society in which I live in now. This intertwinement of both social norms have brought me to where I am today and will continue to influence almost every decision I will…show more content…
Even to this day, this norm remains in India and Pakistan, where my grandparents grew up in, similarly, this norm was also present in the U.S. in the past. However, in the U.S. there has been a substantial economic change where most households require a second source of income to maintain a quality of living. I have seen this change personally because my parents have a “transitional” marriage where my mother works as much as my father, and also has, as Hochschild describes, a “second shift” at home raising my brother and I and doing household chores (1989). Though we have a housekeeper doing all the cleaning, my mother also does all the other chores such as laundry, scheduling appointments, and other “traditional” women responsibilities. As a “transitional” marriage my father also helps my mother with all the chores, only those my mother asks him to do, but not as much as my mother does. Being able to first-hand witness both a “traditional” and “transitional” gender ideology has impacted me in a profound way. Seeing how hard my mother works every day compared to my father, I have developed, as Hochschild describes, “egalitarian” approach to my marriage one day, where both men and women share equal responsibilities in the home and workplace. Furthermore, I believe as the U.S. and other countries…show more content…
While most children end up in the same social class as their parents, or within a one group range, with a second source of income my parents were able to transcend from my grandparent’s working class to the upper middle class (Lecture, Jan 31). Having the ability to see, first-hand, the impact of the transition between social classes has allowed me to witness both “accomplishment of natural growth” and “concerted cultivation.” Furthermore, it has exposed me to various sources of economic capital, human capital, and social capital. These valuable capitals and methods of child-rearing have acted as a mechanism to improve my “life chances.” This term, “life chances,” is a sociological concept coined by Max Weber to be defined as a person’s chances in sharing “social goods” and access to valued outcomes (Lecture, Jan 29). Social goods in this terminology refers to something that you want, in my case, I would consider a social good to obtain a medical

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