This, he argues, may have been prompted by anti terrorism policies by the Obama administration and the revolution across Arab nations besides the president’s Muslim and African origin (Stanley, 2012).
Socialization is a process by which individuals learn and acculturate a society’s adopted norms opinion. The print media as illustrated by Stanley’s article in The Telegraph establishes itself, as a socialization agent as it forms a basis for gaining information towards accepting believes about communicated facts and perceptions. It informs of, with a potential of further influencing, global perception about United States and its current president, Barack Obama. The newspaper is also a socialization agent through offering a forum in which people can interact and share their opinion with one another. The consistency in trend of Obama’s rating also communicates a global expectation, a characteristic of socialization. The forum is therefore an effective socialization agent through its role of facilitating communication (Andersen and Taylor, 2007).
The article illustrates a variety of sociological concepts such as authority, stereotyping, and ethnic groups. Demonstrating president Obama’s popularity across Asia that identifies racism as the factor towards decreasing popularity of the president among Asian populations illustrates ethnicity and concepts of authority. Identified racism with respect to the subject’s declining popularity among Arab nations as well as his considered Muslim and African origin however demonstrates stereotyping and the concept of ethnic groups (Andersen and Taylor, 2007).
Functionalism perspective that focuses on interaction between aspects of a society is the most useful sociological theory for understanding the article. This is because the perspective explains interdependence among different aspects