A Sociological Analysis Of The Blind Side

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Hayden Allis July 30, 2017 Sociology 101-L66 A Sociological Analysis of The Blind Side The Blind Side is a true story about a boy named Michael Oher who grew up in a very bad neighbor hood that was taken away from his mother at a young age. He was brought to a private school by his friend’s parents. The Tuohy family saw him walking in a storm found out he does not have a place to stay, so they took him in, fed him, then gave him a few new clothes. They then helped him get his grades up so he can play sports for his high school. Once they realized he was good enough to play for college, they hired a private tutor named Miss Sue, to get his GPA to a 2.5 so he is eligible for college scholarships. During this new path of…show more content…
Latent Functions - The unrecognized and unintended consequences of any social pattern (Henslin, 2015). When Michael first started at the private Christian school, he was treated as an outsider. Many people thought he was not very smart because he did not talk much and could not read very well. The teachers were stereotyping him because they assumed he was not smart because he did not say anything and did not do any homework. Stereotype - a simplified description applied to every person in some category (Henslin, 2015). But they soon found out that he was smart enough to pass the classes, he just needed a little extra help and someone to read part of the assignments to him. Michael has many ascribed statuses. Ascribed Status - A social position a person receives at birth or takes on involuntarily later in life (Henslin, 2015). A couple of which is his role of brother and son, both in his old and new family. Any thing that Michael was born with, or involuntary receives is considered an ascribed status. The difference between ascribed and achieved status is simple; ascribed you cannot control, and achieved you can. Achieved Status - a social position a person takes on voluntarily that reflects personal ability and effort (Henslin, 2015). The one big achieved status of Michael’s is becoming a professional football player. He worked extremely hard to archived this goal. No one gave
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