Ivy Tech Community College
September 27, 2014
Abstract Understanding different societies is important in order to be successful. An individual should never be stingy, unwilling, or self-centered as to not wanting to help others out in any way possible. This paper is designed for the audience to understand four terms that are used in sociology and how they relate to an article written by Robert Borshay Lee. Agent of socialization, status, geminschaft, mechanical and organic social solidarity.
The lifelong process in which people learn the attitudes, values, and behaviors appropriate for members of a particular culture is called socialization. Family is the most important agent of socialization in the United
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From the above section, this is related to the gemeinschaft, which is typical of rural life. It is described as a small community in which people have similar backgrounds and life experiences. People in this community know one another and social interactions are intimate and familiar for example as people who are related would act. Although, Lee wasn’t able to help with food, he was able to help with handouts of tobacco and medical supplies; however, this only helped a few people and it still didn’t help sort out the difference between wealth with him and the Bushmen. This is referred to as status. One may think of a person’s statutes as the influence of wealth, and fame. Sociologist use the term status to refer to any of the full range of socially defined positions within in a large group or society, from the lowest to the highest (Schaefer, 2014) Lee had an inventory of a two-month worth of canned goods, while Bushmen barley had a day of food on hand. With this result it is possible to see Lee as a master status, a status that dominates others and thereby determines a person’s general position in society. It is also possible for one to view Lee has an achieved status, a social position that a person attains largely through his or her own efforts (Schafer, 2014). Lee was thinking of ways he could thank them for their cooperation and the Christmas ox was his way to show