Sample Research Paper on Sociological Imagination

Sociological Imagination

My personal experience (drawn from my family and the community around) revolves around segregation of women in opportunities that are mainly dominated by men. Several characteristics have led to my conclusion. My sisters were not given as much attention to educational matters as it was done to my brothers. In my social sphere, men are given first priorities in issues of education, work, and positions of influence (economy, politics and social leadership). As a matter of fact, this notion has been in place for several decades thereby causing a high inequality index between the two genders (Eikhof, 2012). According to Dorothy, the main elements of social inequality in the 21st Century include trends in work places, advancement in information technology, and sociological policies related to work (pp 7-8). These factors have caused significant difference between the two genders perspectives in societal matters.

The main social structures brought about by this phenomenon are human coexistence by showing equal level of concern between different genders. Policies have been formed to strengthen women’s participation in different activities within the society (Eikhof, 2012). That is, understanding other people’s perspectives (through empathy) is critical in creating an atmosphere of cohesiveness and social development. According to Sam Richards, Sociology is the study of how human beings are referred to by things that they don’t see (Richards, 2010). This practice is only possible through empathy, putting oneself in the position or shoe of another. In order to solve sociological issues including gender inequality, without overstepping on other people’s opinions, it is important to show inclusiveness. Sam Richards recommends the practice of stepping out of one’s   little world and stepping in someone else’s little world.  Meaning that men need to step into women’s perspectives so as to realize the kind of agony they are subjected to by this norm. Therefore, it is always a good practice to attend to other people’s perspectives in all undertakings. Fyodor Dostoevsky observes that while it might seem very easy to denounce an evil doer in the society, it is equally not difficult in understanding that person. That is, as much as women might be considered invaluable, their chances should not be blocked by men’s domineering tendencies. As sociologists, it is always important to listen to other people just as one would wish to be listened to (Richards, 2010). This is an aspect of cognitive empathy. That is, having a view from other person’s experience.

Feminist theory is evidenced in this scenario. This theory endeavors to support women empowerment in societal development by creating awareness on the fact that human beings have same potential in solving human challenges irrespective of gender classifications (Crossman, n.d). In my experience, this theory is applicable because, the fight for women’s place in society requires multiple attentions from different social structures. As a result, it creates a sense of awareness (in the public domain) on the importance of balancing opportunities to both types of gender at all age groups. The contributions of this theory to the general wellbeing of the society are immense as it is evident in many structures that have embraced women active participation. A good example is the involvement of women in security and defense forces.

In conclusion therefore, aspects of gender imbalance in social development can have adverse effects in the wellbeing of human structures. However, social concern in people’s perspectives provides a platform of compromise which can lead to effective social coexistence.

 

 

 

References

Crossman A. (n.d). Feminist Theory. Retrieved from http://sociology.about.com/od/Sociological-Theory/a/Feminist-Theory.htm

Eikhof, D. R. (2012). A double-edged sword: Twenty-first century workplace trends and gender equality. Gender in Management, 27(1), 7 22.doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1108/17542411211199246. Retrieved from http://search.proquest.com/docview/918507183/fulltextPDF/E604AD48BBFA4B82PQ/1?accountid=1611

Richards S. (2010). A radical experiment in Empathy. Retrieved from http://www.ted.com/talks/sam_richards_a_radical_experiment_in_empathy#t-1040718