Analyzing an Article Sociologically


 Article Summary

 The article by Valarie Siebert that featured in the Daily Mail is a narration of a woman’s experience with dating after being brought up in a religious family. The storyline revolves around the young girl who explains how growing up in a setting that was grounded upon strict religious doctrines affected her chances of getting a husband after she had been made to grow up hating men. According to Siebert, the young girl whose mother was strict on her especially on the length of attire and other factors that she purported attracted men which general played a major role in the shaping of the victim’s lie. The young girl, Aussa Lorens, also states how pathetic her love life was after the revelation that she had never kissed until she was twenty-three years old despite having had to fend off men who seemed interested in her yet she had no feelings for them. Her disappointment worsened when the person she first had a kiss with was also responsible for beating her later. Her second experience was equally demoralizing because she narrates of having met a man who was twice her age and threatened to kill her, and whom she is still scared of even after being married to another different man. Aussa is saddened by her ordeal with relationships after having had to endure cheatings, violence, and disappointments despite being ready to be in a building relationship. In her conclusion, she advises parents that even though it is their responsibility to keep their daughters safe, it is worse when the ultimate prize is having to leave their children to face the cruel world single-handedly, especially that of relationships, without any experience (Siebert).

Article Analysis

Sociological imagination is a key factor that is the criterion of thinking intuitively to be in a position to analyze the individual and the communal effects of the decisions that humans make. The article is a message of the role of religion in the shaping of a young person’s dating life. As an aspect of sociology, Aussa is faced with a problem that is shaped by the foundations of the society around her. Her parents have a key role in the decisions she has to make later in her life as she seeks to explore the community around her and advance to marriage, another key aspect of the society. The influence of religion on her dating life brings another related aspect of sociology, sociological imagination, into the mix. Many of the factors that are discussed are in relation to the key concepts covered in the course material already because there appeared to be a close relation between the aspects and the case features. In fact, many of the sociological imaginations principles have confounding type of relationship making it difficult to single out one factor as the inducing agent. These influences are outlined in the article to show that the storyline revolves around the basic tenets of sociological analysis are addressed. In many cases, however, just as in the case example, it is identified that the role of the influences does not come to vividly but emanates only with a critical analysis. Among the key aspects discussed that constitute the sociological constructs of reality, the role of power in the society, the basic foundation the society in shaping the society’s social structure and the position of culture in the mix.

 The first application of sociological imagination is when we consider the role of sociological constructs of reality in the relation of the problem that befell the girl in the case analysis. In his book, Mills argues that the sociological role of reality is based on the definition that is based on the application of concepts of official definitions (191). The author illustrates that when the official definition are broken down, one ends up with an analysis that is based on lies, myths, and crackbrained notions. These aspects are evidently used in the Aussa’s case when one considers the staunch belief that the parents had on their daughter. It is possible that the decision her mother made of discouraging her from interacting with men is due to the myth that they would be because of the myth that her body was inherently sinful (Siebert). This fable developed by the victim, coupled by the staunch insistence my her mother are the possible reasons that made Aussa to hate men and led her to decline any moves they made in trying to control her body. This genre of sociological imagination is a major driving force in the build-up to the desperation and frustration Aussa later experienced even though the victim ah little concept in the interplay of several different constructs (Mills).

 It is also likely that power played a major role in the decision that Aussi’s parents made leading to the girl creating new perceptions of the community that lives around her. According to Mills, the major types of power that are in existence in today’s world are those of manipulation of the consent of the subject. It is further argued that this form of influence is inseparable from the analysis of the subject of coercion making the two the critical factors that the society if founded (Mills 44). Barkan compares this kind of power to that of to that of a state where there is a structured form of governance to guide decision-making. This kind of layout, usually the constitution, is responsible for the determination of riles that direct operations within the city, Likewise, in the article in the Daily Mail, we realize that Aussi is a victim of power. The power here is based on stated for of leadership in governance in church. This type of leadership in religion , especially considering that her family are Christians is based on the principles laid out in the Bible. It is clearly stated that the importance of having such a guide is for the sake of leveling the distance between the law and the followers (Barkan). It is significant to think o the decisions the parents were making to have been under the influence of the Bible just as the constitution would affect decision-making in a state as outlined by Barkan.

 Social science and the social structure of the community is also a significant factor in the determination of the decisions that the society makes. In this respect, it is important to stress that the relation is social science is directed at the intelligent community (Elwell). In the report, it is outlined that the intellect community is composed of politicians, ministers, scholar and religious leaders that are the key stakeholders in the rules that the society follows. It implies that the ministers influence their community through speech and art and relays information that gets the attention of publics. It can be extrapolated to the case of the Daily Mail in analyzing the desperation that Aussa underwent in her life. Having grown up in a Christian family, it is possible that the parents were frequent church goers. The church leaders, because of the influence that is instituted to them by the society, have a major role in guiding their members. It is likely that in the course of managing the church member and leaders, the church leader might have influenced the girl’s parents into making her believe that men are not good for her. The revelation of the fact that Aussa at times felt that her body was sinful by default if men were unable to control themselves if she exposed her body to them (Siebert).

 The culture also has a major role in the making of the society because of the basis in which different traits differentiate communities. Despite being able to be broken down into individual factors that the Sociological Cinema note that the definition of culture has a key role in the society. Towards the end of the article, Aussa advises that instead of the society being cautions, it should weigh the balance between the positives and the negatives of a move. This implies that the victim was accusing her parents that they were too conservative for her future that it ended up being a disadvantage. The implication is this setting is that the society does not give its inhabitants the opportunity to explore the value it nurtures and enjoy its facilities (Sociological Cinema). The motivation behind this line of thinking is that the culture that the community adheres to is significant in the making of the characters in the society. In the case example, it is clear that the victim was unable to exercise sociological imagination fully because of being blindfolded to an extent that she thought that the parents were right and that her body is to blame for the misery she that was befalling her.

 In conclusion, sociological imagination is a fundamental aspect of the community because it guides the analysis in their development not only on a personal level, but in a way that they also practice decision-making. The many of these factors include the social determinants if the sociological imagination has to be maintained. One of the key factors as outlined are the sociological determinants are the myths and perception that the community members have that defines their way of thinking. Alternatively, another sociological imagination aspect is power because y the virtue of being Christians, it is it discovered that many of the problems the victim underwent were due to the effect of power. This power, as noted, would be the definition of the rule as stipulated in writing as outlined in the reference book, the Bible. Thirdly, the analysis has also identified that social structure of the community is governed by the factors of leaders in the community with the church and the clergy having had a major role in influencing the mentality the girl had to fight in her life. It is also likely that the culture of the community could have made the girl to explore the community more scarcely that impacted negatively on their decision-making process.