Sociological Imagination on Aspects of My Life
In the contemporary society, social status is a day to day term al most familiar to all individuals. Owing to this factor, literature works that mirrors the society has gathered implications of social status with evidence of two different ways of presentation. The two ways that literature uses to express social status are, social status as personal, or social status as abstract. Consequently, there are plenty of literature work on social status as abstract as well as social status as personal. The literature on social status as personal is, however, not too popular although it is gaining ground. Notably, the social status as abstract has the tendency of generalizing the many aspects of social status as one while the personal, social status perspective treats each individual personally (Carlos p19).
Since individuals can earn their social status through their own achievements, such individually earned social class is referred to as achieved status (Carlos p5). On the other hand, there are aspects of social class that individuals inherit following conditions of their birth, or stratification in the society and such status are referred to as ascribed statuses. Since I was born an American Indian in a not so well to do with financially background, I ascribed to the social status of the Red Indians and low class society in the American settings. At the same time, I have had my achievements, such as a degree holder and an icon in the sports, which has hence yielded to my achieved social status....
Upon reflecting further into my social status, I was the fifth born in a family of eight based in the suburbs of Minnesota. My parents were sparingly educated, and hence they did not have the “papers” to secure respectable professions. They, therefore, had to work hard to place food on the table and ensure the pack of eight siblings was clothed and educated. As I recall, access to health care was not that recommendable and security for future progress was not that promising. Furthermore, I used to envy the children from the wealthy families at school. Their lifestyles seemed all too enjoyable, with the holidays, the televisions, the movies and the sporting. I loathed why I was ever born a Negro in a poor family background. Therefore, I the aspects of my sparing exposure to the new technology, information and the need to work hard in order to achieve what I desire can be said to be my ascribed social status. Following the numerous debates from the almost misinformed neighborhood at my young age, my political stand was established], whereby, I loathed the capitalism and desired the democratic stand. At the same time, I felt being isolated from the mainstream society, together with my fellow neighbors bat the Minnesota suburbs. The isolation I felt together with my implications of the system of governance through capitalism was somehow ascribed social class on my part, but they challenged me to work exceptionally hard and utilize the meager resources. I, therefore, gained a competitive spirit in the academics. I was particularly energetic due to the physically straining activities that I carried out when growing up as a kid. This boosted my performance in sports, and I had