Sociology - the Blind Side
Prejudices shown here are unfair generalizations about an entire category of people, race, age, social class, or political affiliations. Michael came from a very dysfunctional mother with her 13 children scattered to the wind so to speak in foster homes. He now plays for the Baltimore Ravens and has a foundation that provides coats, gloves, hats and blankets to the needy and homeless. He did how ever make a mistake all athletes do and that is he threw a punch at a player from the opposite team this last month when defending one of his team mates. He is said to have said “You have to have your teammates back” He is intensely loyal to his family, team and his foundation. If Social Stratification is where societies rank people by power, prestige, and money over others I have no problem with that as long as they “pay it forward” in helping someone else or a cause. The Caste system in chapter 8 is described as a social stratification based on both birth and individual achievement and Meritocracy is based on personal merit, this has surely been the case for Michael and his family.
Macionis,J. Society- the basics. Tenth Edition. eBook. Pearson Education, 2009. Chapters 8, 10, 11.
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