Tuesday, February 14, 2017
For the second part of this unit, we talked about macro/micro sociology, groups, in-groups/out-groups, and categories/stereotypes. To really understand macro/micro sociology, we did an abandon ship activity where there were different people ranging from age to occupation to "importance in the world". Macro sociology is how we are influenced by the big groups that we take part in. The way people were kicked off the boat had to do with how useful they were for survival. The captain of course stayed, the elderly were kicked off because they were old, the cheerleader stayed because she was pregnant but the football player was kicked off because he was strong and could survive on his own or make it to shore, the drug dealer was kicked off because the rest of the group thought that he had to use in the "real world". My teacher compared us to past groups he's had and he noticed that there was a pattern in how we made decisions. According to him, we made our decisions because we're Americans and we value jobs, youth, and health. On the other hand micro sociology is how smaller groups influence you. To learn more about in-groups and out-groups we had a tennis shoe vs no tennis shoe activity. In the activity, we had to make assumptions about the opposite group. In groups are the groups that you are familiar and comfortable with while out groups are groups that you don't know much about. The group that had tennis shoes felt like an in-group while they viewed the no tennis shoes group as an out-group.