Farmingville Case Study Essay

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April 17, 2015

Assignment: Farmingville Case Study (part 1)

Chapters 1 and 2: Review 1. Using symbolic interaction theory as your guide, explain how the terms “aliens” and “illegals” helped shape public opinion/attitudes in Farmingville towards Latino day laborers. What do these words mean? How did these definitions influence perceptions and behaviors?

I think the word “alien” describes the symbolic interaction best. To the locals of Farmingville the immigrants were alien in a very broad sense of the word. They spoke another language, enjoyed food that was different to the local fare; even the way they interacted with each other was something that was very incongruous to their way of life. We all know that labels can hurt and
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Lastly, nearly ninety percent of all communication is visual. Gestures and other visual cues are not available with written surveys. The lack of personal contact will have different effects depending on the type of information being requested. When returned questionnaires arrive in the mail, it's natural to assume that the respondent is the same person you sent the questionnaire to. This may not actually be the case. Many times business questionnaires get handed to other employees for completion. Housewives sometimes respond for their husbands. Kids respond as a prank. For a variety of reasons, the respondent may not be who you think it is. So when doing a survey you should always keep this in mind.

Chapter 12 5. Please describe and explain the pending crises created by the graying of America (as described in the article “Immigrants’ Contributions in an Aging America”). Specifically, what is this population imbalance, why did it occur, and what are the consequences (for elders and others in our society) of this unprecedented demographic transition?

We have to look at the statistics, as Myers writes “The baby boom generation, born in 1946 to 1964 and now 78 million strong has just begun to turn 62 this year and file for Social Security benefits”. He also writes “In the next two decades, however, that ratio is poised to climb by about 67 percent, reaching 411 seniors per 1,000 working-age adults. In

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