Sociological Imagination

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SOCI 170

Sociological imagination, defined by the textbook, is “understanding human behavior by placing it within its broader social context” (p. 3). As defined in class, it is “the ability to use our private experiences and personal problems as a reflection of the society in which we live.” Basically, sociological imagination is the term used to define how an accumulation of certain experiences and problems views society. In relation to sociological imagination are the “big three” theoretical perspectives which are known as functionalism, conflict theory, and symbolic interactionism. These are known as the “big three” because they are the three main theoretical perspectives that sociologists like to focus upon.

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The dishes that my mom made were also difficult to make – in comparison to the traditional American meal: hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, etc. She made full-on, traditional Filipino meals every day, such as caldereta, chicken adobo, lechon paksiw, and other meals that would take a lot more effort to make.

In my mom’s generation, she was expected to know how to cook and help around the house at an early age due to her poor upbringing in the Philippines. She then expected me to learn how to cook. This is a situation in which our ideologies differed. In American culture, women are also expected to know how to cook to begin with, thus I was hit with two different ideologies that I simply did not want or could not follow. Obviously, my social relationships in this issue is with my family, specifically with my mom, but the group that I had to associate myself with is my Filipino culture and background as well as my American background in the childhood and adolescent stages. A structured pressure present here is the pressure of needing to learn how to cook in order to help my mom with cooking, but also the future pressure of learning how to cook for myself. I definitely feel the pressure now (more than in the past) because I need this skill more as an adult than as a child, but because I did not learn it in my past, I have to learn about it in this busier stages of my life.

Considering the “big three” theoretical perspectives, this issue can be viewed in the functionalism lens because my mom tried to get me to contribute to the household rather than being deadweight, but ...

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