TeenHelp
Support Forums Today's Posts

Get Advice Connect with TeenHelp Resources
HelpLINK Facebook     Twitter     Tumblr     Instagram    Hotlines    Safety Zone    Alternatives

You are not registered or have not logged in

Hello guest! (Not a guest? Log in above!)

As a guest on TeenHelp you are only able to use some of our site's features. By registering an account you will be able to enjoy unlimited access to our site, and will be able to:

  • Connect with thousands of teenagers worldwide by actively taking part in our Support Forums and Chat Room.
  • Find others with similar interests in our Social Groups.
  • Express yourself through our Blogs, Picture Albums and User Profiles.
  • And much much more!

Signing up is free, anonymous and will only take a few moments, so click here to register now!


Education and Careers Work of any kind can get stressful at times. Ask in this forum if you need help with coursework, applications, and more.

Closed Thread
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
  (#1 (permalink)) Old
Magic. Offline
Member
I've been here a while
********
 
Magic.'s Avatar
 
Name: Poppy
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: Brisbane

Posts: 1,441
Join Date: January 16th 2009

Sociology help!! - September 4th 2011, 08:56 PM

I'm doing this great sociology course this semester, on sex and gender identity. We have an essay to do which is super interesting to research etc, it's about the changing gender roles throughout history and culture ... and (here's the problem) the sociological significance of these changes.

The course assumes we've done socy before, so know about "sociological significance" etc. But I haven't, and don't. We're a good way into the course now and I don't want to look like an idiot asking the lecturer ... Can anyone explain what sociological significance is to me please? Pretty please


You can't move mountains by whispering at them.

Take a look at my art here:
http://attemptedart.tumblr.com/
   
  (#2 (permalink)) Old
Daivia Offline
Why Hussie? Why?
Senior TeenHelper
*******
 
Daivia's Avatar
 
Name: Maeve
Age: 25
Gender: Female
Location: The Peach State

Posts: 878
Blog Entries: 13
Join Date: July 30th 2011

Re: Sociology help!! - September 4th 2011, 09:22 PM

Quote:
Of or relating to or determined by sociology; "sociological studies"
+
Quote:
The quality of being worthy of attention; importance or The meaning to be found in words or events.
So the it's the changes in sociology or what sociology has come to mean because of changing gender roles. I think.
   
  (#3 (permalink)) Old
Stupidity Kills
Outside, huh?
**********
 
OMFG!You'reActuallySmart!'s Avatar
 

Posts: 4,500
Blog Entries: 10
Join Date: December 19th 2009

Re: Sociology help!! - September 4th 2011, 10:43 PM

It's best understood when comparing to other fields of study. For example, in biology, the focus is on a particular organism or feature of the organism. On the other hand, sociology does not focus on an individual, rather it focuses on a society. Like biology, sociology considers society to be a living entity, changing and reflecting in various ways from numerous factors. Thus, when someone says sociological significance, it's a way of asking what factors are present, how society is changing and why it changes. To show a greater understanding, one would also describe the methods to prevent or reduce such changes. These methods have to be feasible and plausible, as well as bound in theory. Remember, these changes and factors must be in context of gender changes/relations. Try to use the theories you've discussed/read in class but it is also fine to use other theories so as long as you understand them. Quite often, there will be one main theory and a bunch of sub-theories. For example, Edwin Lemert and Howard Becker postulated labeling theory to account for why crimes are committed and a sub-theory of it is "dramatization of evil", postulated by Frank Tannenbaum. Labeling theory and dramatization of evil are also used for other purposes, one of which can be gender and gender relations.


I can rip you off, and steal all your cash, suckerpunch you in the face, stand back and laugh. Leave you stranded as fast as a heart-attack.
- Danko Jones (I Think Bad Thoughts)

Last edited by OMFG!You'reActuallySmart!; September 4th 2011 at 10:53 PM.
   
  (#4 (permalink)) Old
Dedalus Offline
Member
Regular TeenHelper
*****
 
Dedalus's Avatar
 
Name: Joe
Age: 29
Gender: Male
Location: Dublin, Ireland

Posts: 431
Blog Entries: 3
Join Date: January 23rd 2010

Re: Sociology help!! - September 5th 2011, 11:46 PM

well, I can't remember exactly how to phrase this but gender is a social construction based on people percieve their sex. So you would be looking at how women showed feminity and men mascullinity.

Various changes showed how they were constructed - for example in the Victorian age something changed for men (I can't remember exactly what it was) and weightlifting became popular. Similarly women nowadays promote their figure in dress as a show of feminity. And again in New Zealnad with the collapse of the old Maori tribal ways of showing masculinity were overturned, rugby became the way of showing masculinity.

Its stuff like that - I haven't explained it very well, I've suddenly gone blank on the examples I had known, but hopefully you get the gist...
   
  (#5 (permalink)) Old
Ella.x Offline
Member
I've been here a while
********
 
Ella.x's Avatar
 
Name: Ella
Age: 28
Gender: Female
Location: England

Posts: 1,461
Join Date: February 24th 2009

Re: Sociology help!! - September 6th 2011, 03:27 PM

Quote:
Originally Posted by Magic. View Post
I'm doing this great sociology course this semester, on sex and gender identity. We have an essay to do which is super interesting to research etc, it's about the changing gender roles throughout history and culture ... and (here's the problem) the sociological significance of these changes.

The course assumes we've done socy before, so know about "sociological significance" etc. But I haven't, and don't. We're a good way into the course now and I don't want to look like an idiot asking the lecturer ... Can anyone explain what sociological significance is to me please? Pretty please
Okay so basically "sociological significance" means how important something is to society and sociology. So the question is asking you to explain the changes in gender roles, how this has affected society and how this change is important to society/sociology. So you would go through the major sociological perspectives (marxism, feminism, etc) and some of their views/ideas would still be relevant. However, you could argue that due to more equality between gender roles, feminism is redundant (although you would need to counterbalance that with the fact that it's still not completely equal between male/female and their roles.

Hope this helps
   
  (#6 (permalink)) Old
Member
Not a n00b
**
 
Strawberrymuffin's Avatar
 
Age: 28

Posts: 54
Join Date: January 16th 2009

Re: Sociology help!! - September 15th 2011, 11:34 AM

First of all, dont ever think that. Always ASK the teacher any question you have! Sociological signifiance in changing gender roles? 'Sociological significance' can be taken in a number of ways. On its own sociology is significant in identifying and studying societal trends etc. In this case it could mean highlighting the role of sociology in this, the studies that took place etc. WHat part did sociology play in the changing gender roles, perhaps the studies how they were recorded etc. Youre aware of changing gender roles because of sociolgy. Good luck!
   
Closed Thread

Bookmarks

Tags
sociology

Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off




All material copyright 1998-2019, TeenHelp.
Terms | Legal | Privacy | Conduct | Complaints

Powered by vBulletin®.
Copyright ©2000-2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search engine optimization by vBSEO.
Theme developed in association with vBStyles.