Having the privilege to enroll in Introduction to Sociology I have acquired the knowledge of not only my country’s sociological behavior, patterns, functions, relationships, education, culture, ethnicity, gender stratification amongst other things which are a part of our day to day lives but also of other Caribbean countries. There are certain things as human beings we learn growing up from different observation and interaction but being in college and taking this course I am now able to assimilate our social similarities and differences, those of which I can relate to and those that I am unable to. It is important for us to be considerate about others opinions and outlook and not be bias.
Studying sociology as a science I understand that human beings relationship and interactions depend on where someone comes from and the different social group they are affiliated with. Our cultures play a major role in our society. Culture is the way of thinking, the ways of acting, and the material objects that together forms people’s way of life. (Macionis 38) Whenever people switch life styles and different way of living they tend to experience culture shock. The perfect example would be from the television show “Wife Swap”. In the program, two families, usually from different social classes and lifestyles, swap wives/mothers and sometimes husbands for two weeks.
The program will usually deliberately swap wives with dramatically different lifestyles, such as a messy wife swapping with a meticulously neat one, documenting the cultural and social differences that the two families discover with the new family member. In Belize City, we can also relate, with someone from the North Side moving into the South Side area temporarily or permanently. They will experience the economic struggle, discrimination and the drastic increase of violence which happens on the South Side as compared to the North Side. People are also differentiated from the language they speak or even by their accent.