Sample Paper on Sociological Constructs: Spatial and Temporal Distribution

Dolore Archlutes was born in 1942 to a U.S mum. Her dad was from Mexico. To understand the social constructs in the community at that time, her life can be taken to help understand how she was affected by socio-economic factors and myths in her time. Comprehending historical cultures and their impacts on the society requires an examination of the beliefs underlying the actions of people in the past. For instance, a sociological review of the past family life in Pueblo Colorado can help to understand the social changes that have occurred over time and the differences that exist between traditional communities and the contemporary families.

Additionally, current sociological research can help identify fallacies in myths or confirm the truth in them. The story of Dolore has been used to explore the implications of various myths within the Pueblo Colorado community and how they were observed from a social roles perspective. Various approaches can be adopted towards conducting sociological research. Some of these approaches include scientific study, asking questions, formulating a hypothesis and research existing sources. The scientific approach follows a conventional approach that is inclusive of various activities. Similarly, researching existing sources often comes as a practice for formulating bases for research questioning. Sociological myths such as those surrounding the family may at times be false, and the only way to confirm this is through questioning primary sources of information such as Dolore.

Sociological Research

The present study aimed at determining how the society in Pueblo Colorado has been affected by historical beliefs and trends therein. To accomplish this objective, Dolore, a female above 20 years who was living in Pueblo Colorado in the 1950swas selected as the representative sample population. Dolore’s life story was described through her responses to an 8 question questionnaire which was used in a semi-structured interview format for information collection. According to Little and McGivern (par. 6), social science research can help identify variables and themes in a particular subject by highlighting the beliefs and perceptions of respondents from a first- hand basis.  A qualitative research approach such as interview or survey technique helps to obtain factual information such as individual and communal habits, beliefs, employment status, and marital status and income levels among others (Delaney 372).

The objective of the interviewwas to determine how Dolore was affected by the sociological conditions and the social structure at the time. It would also help to identify gender roles in the society post World War II. The interview was structured to cover both the parental and child roles in the community as well as the roles of husbands and wives in the family. Through the social roles, it was possible to determine the sociological structures in the society both in marriage and within the nuclear family.

Study Findings

Through the interview, Dolore reported that she had been brought up in conservative communities. Her parents had been strict adherents to the Roman Catholic faith and that the Christian religion was considered a source of guidance on what was expected of them. She also reported strict parenting principles whereby she was not allowed to get into relationships before turning 18. She also reported that unwanted pregnancies would be frowned upon and that her father consistently reminded her of the consequences of pre-marital sexual activity. Regarding school, the society emphasized the importance of education and children were encouraged to attend school. Consequently, most of the students felt at ease in school and attendance was good.

Regarding socio-economic status, most of the women were mothers and children. According to Dolore’s report, women engaged more in taking care of the home and children while the men worked out of home to cater for the needs of the family. Her mother in particular, was paid less than the men in similar jobs since there was no gender equality then. She was however prevented from working to support the family and rather encouraged to go to school. During the Second World War, Dolore’s father left their home to fight in the war. Some were enlisted when troupes were needed, and there were not enough people offering to go to war. Concerning the impacts of the war on families, Dolores reported that the war had limited economic impacts on the family. For instance, her father enlisted and so they would be supported financially. For others, it was a boost in business which made them more capable of taking care of their families. Dolore’s mother had to stop working for some time to take care of the family as the father had a hectic schedule.

Family Myth

There are various myths about the socio-economic lifestyle of the native Americans in the early days. Dolore’s life in Pueblo, Colorado exemplify the NativeAmerican lifestyle, through which we can still gain linkages to the past and the future. The first myth that attempts to explain social life in the context of the 1950s Pueblo is that most people lived in seemingly perfect yet large families where people worked together; knew their roles and were happy. It has been established that while people were happy and rarely lacked, the lifestyle was more of a nuclear family centered livelihood. The families were small, but the roles were gendered such that each person knew his or her place within the family. Dolore’s family is an explicit demonstration of this in that she mentioned only the nuclear family members. As much as they were comfortable, there was no indication of a large family.

A second misconception was that the women yielded much power within the family, which they could not have in any other setting. This was proven to be a fallacy as Dolore reported that her father gave most of the instructions even to the women within the home. He alsomade unilateral decisions even in situations where his decisions would affect the entire family. Most of the privileges held by men were at women’s expenses both in the family and outside.

Another myth that is considered common, and which was dispelled by the study was that families are the societal building blocks. From this myth, people are encouraged to make everything right within their families, and the same would trickle down to the society. However, this was proven to be fallacious in that the family draws its structural and socio-economic attributes from the larger society. An example is seen in the case of Dolore’s family during the Second World War. The economic and political impacts of the war were felt at the family level as a result of social constructs which helped shape the families towards surviving during the period.

Conclusion

The sociological contexts, within which events occur, influence the perceptions that people develop about the events themselves. This explains the variations in temporal and spatial attributes accorded to social constructs. Similarly, the social impacts the family in more ways that the family changes the society. In the 1950s America like any other place and time, there would be distinguishing features between that particular community and any other as seen in the paper. The story of Dolore’s family in Pueblo Colorado can be considered an indicator of the societal characteristics in the 1950s. It deviates from the conventional myths reported from that period, an indication of the fallacy in them.

 

Works Cited

Delaney, Tim. Classical and contemporary social theory: investigation and application. Routledge, 2016.

Little, William and McGivern, Roy. Introduction to sociology 1st Canadian Ed. Rice University Publications, 2013. Accessed from opentextbc.ca/introductiontosociology/chapter/chapter2-sociological-research/