Sociology Reflection Paper
When I first decided to go back to school at the ripe age of 33, I had no idea what I wanted to study. I had recently closed my Pedorthic business and needed a change. Due to my fulltime job and five children, I decided taking online courses would fit into my hectic schedule. In High School I enjoyed taking Sociology and Psychology so I figured those two classes would be fun and interesting to start with. Not only have I enjoyed this class, I have decided to major in Sociology. Taking this class awakened the interest and excitement that I had back in High School. I am looking forward to continuing down this path.
While I enjoyed the entire course, I specifically enjoyed chapter 8, Global Inequality. I
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Child labor is meant to define unfair, abusive work whereas work is an important part of the sculpting of most children. There is no question in society that some forms of labor are acceptable and some are not. Children may work without being abused and in many countries and even some American cultures; it is both necessary and integral that children perform some laborious duties. The line between work and child labor is most commonly drawn where normal tasks are replaced with exploitative tasks and children are expected to do things that go well beyond the borders of inhumane. They are forced to turn to labor at frighteningly young ages most often because of economic and social conditions. In many third world countries, manufacturers are allowed to exploit the extreme poverty and high unemployment levels of citizens by granting insanely low wages to the workers. A low wage rate for adults has often been the catalyst that sends children into the workplace. During the industrial revolution, the adults could not, by themselves, support the incredible demand for labor. Recognizing this, manufacturers paid them poorly enough to where they could not support a family without forcing every member of their family works. Thus child labor in abusive levels became the norm. The manufacturers got what they desired in more workers, petite workers, capable of many things that full-grown adults could not do and families were then able to at