have fallen out of favor, others seem to maintain their broad acceptance, although all have participated enormously in our comprehension of society and social behavior. As a member of the society, there are a couple of concepts that I can say I relate with including symbolic interaction, conflict theory, functionalist theory, labeling theory and rational choice theory.
Symbolic interaction concept is based on the symbolic meaning that people grow and depend on in the course of social interaction. It analyzes the society by dealing with the skewed meanings that people enforce on behaviors, events and objects. Here, subjective meanings are given dominance due to beliefs that people behave based on what they suppose and not just on what is impartially true. Consequently, the society appears to be socially created through human understanding. People construe one another’s conduct, which eventually creates the social bond (Abrutyn, 2013, pg. 140). As an individual, there are many instances I have had to compromise what I perceive to be right just so as to fit into what the society or peers expects of me. I know alcohol and drugs are bad and pose a health risk but being involved makes one cool, according to my peers. Therefore, in order to fit into what other students deem as cool, I have to adopt their behaviors. Also, where I come from, one must acquire a degree in order to be recognized by the society, hence, I have to pursue careers that are not necessarily my passion in order to be regarded by my people.
Conflict concept accentuates the role of compulsion and power in producing a social order. The society is normally divided into groups that contend for economic and social resources. The social order is upheld by supremacy, with power in the possession of individuals that have the greatest economic, political, as well as social resources (Delanty, 2011, pg. 69). When agreement exists, it is featured to individuals bonding around common interests, often in