Sociological Observation

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INTRODUCTION
Have you ever observed the interaction of two people and based on their body language you arrived at the conclusion that they may have been divorced for a year, remarried two years later, and on the verge of another divorce? Ok, that may be a little too detailed and you have keen observation skills, but what about observing one individual? These are some of the times that we bring out our Sociological Imagination which is the ability to see our personal lives in the context of the history, culture, and social structure of the larger society within which we live (Rohall, Milkie, & Lucas, 2014). In this assignment, I will provide observations from a recent field observation based on the Social Psychology perspectives.
FIELD OBSERVATION
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Additionally, mutually supporting but also observed were Roles (“a set of expectations about how to behave in a group.” (Rohall, Milkie, & Lucas, 2014)), and Values (“deeply held ideals and beliefs.” (Rohall, Milkie, & Lucas, 2014)) which play into the development of “self” within interaction. I will highlight specific groups that I saw in my immediate forward sector.
Groups Processes and dynamics: Just as Group Process Scholars, with these observations, we are “interested in what happens when groups form” (Rohall, Milkie, & Lucas, 2014). Many of the groups lacked social diversity, with a majority being of the same sex and
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Status was apparent as the rank of SGM is the highest enlisted rank, while private is the lowest. This relationship or lunch pairing went against many social norms, as reflected in the United States Army Fraternization policy. There was speculation on this group and the many reasons as to why the relationship came to fruition. The two privates could have been his and the commander’s driver, or possibly they were a smaller group to a larger promotion celebration party, or possibly one of the privates was his niece or daughter(s). I’ve noticed that many females get away with interacting with senior ranking service members in ways male soldiers wouldn’t dare to or are allowed to interact. Many males feel that if they treat a female soldier (interaction) the way that they treat male soldiers, they will receive an equal opportunity complaint which in essence ruins careers (and changes social interaction between male leaders and female subordinates). The group interacted actively, one of the privates on her cellphone the entire time (trading conversation back and forth with the other members) while the other and SGM talked. Maybe this was a counseling session for both Soldiers in a public place to protect the SGM from unwanted complaints. Who

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