Common stereotypes about women in the Mexican-American culture include that women are uneducated, good housewives, and very fertile. Many parents still believe it’s the woman’s job to stay home and be the homemaker. The concept of gender, which is socially constructed, is reinforced since birth. (Sociology Lecture 08/24/2015) Ana was caught in the middle of gender politics. Her mother oppressed her daughter so she can become a grandmother. The film “Real Women Have Curves” deals with gender stereotypes and struggles of poor women living in East LA. Carmen was trying to have Ana chained to the notion of women being inferior to men. Carmen believed men to be superior, whereas Ana thought differently. However Ana strived to liberate herself from traditional cultural norms by pursuing her college education. Her mother’s negative influence only caused Ana to rebel.
The American Dream is an ideology that many strive for; immigrants coming into the United States, whether legally or not, arrive here hoping that they may be the lucky ones that find it. Those born in poverty see the American Dream as an opportunity to excel, to have wealth and to live a life different than the one they had growing up. The American Dream symbolizes success. For the three women in American Dream: Three Women, Ten Kids, and a Nation’s Drive to End Welfare by Jason DeParle, success represented different ideologies. For these women, and many others like them, the success myth holds simple barriers, like the color of their skin and the opportunities granted to them.
After World War II, America had to take a step back and take a look at their country. The American Dream had been restored upon the atrocities of the war. In the 1930’s the American Dream was primarily focused on working hard, men providing for their families, and trying to rise from the depression. In the 1940’s, post World War II things changed and consumerism and feminism began to play a key role along with many other factors. There are many ways to describe the American dream and what aspects were influential to it, such as World War II, modernism, new technology and entertainment.
In the film, Real Women Have Curves portrays the theme that the American Dream is achievable, but greatly hindered to obtain it. Ana Garcia continuously faces obstacles such as not having equal opportunities to partake in extracurricular activities, a quality education institution, and the continuous struggle between her mother 's traditions and the modern world 's definition of a women. Ultimately, she successfully passed through these hindrances and achieved it. The American Dream is the ideal goal every person wants to obtain, but certain obstacles prevent them from continuing to complete their goals.
Accordint to the author Gonzalez-Mena, “The Status—that is, the family’s position in society—affects socialization and can in turn affect expectations as well as where children find themselves” (p.126). That is, children socialization is greatly affected by the status of the family due to, the different expectation between children belonging to rich families and that children living in poverty.
The American dream isn’t capable through destiny. “The American Dream is a bygone thing,” she adds. “It’s not the way life is anymore. I used to believe I was responsible for my own destiny. But it’s not that simple. Now it’s faith and fortitude.” The author explains how a woman feels about the American Dream not being the same. She feels as if she is responsible for her actions. It isn’t simple preparing for life anymore. I believe that she has every right to feel the way she does if she’s not getting the view on the dream she believes in.
The American dream for the Walls family was to be able to freely explore, adventure to the fullest, and to achieve your goals no matter how you get there. Jeannette Walls tells the story of her home life involving an alcoholic father, supportive siblings, and the thought that you can achieve what you want in the world despite the challenges. In the Glass Castle, Jeanette Walls displays that everyone has their own american dream that comes with cost and struggle to produce a beautiful outcome.
Over time, The American Dream has changed in an innumerable amount of ways. Past civilizations have laid the foundation for what we view it to be today. In the 1970s, people looked at a variety of aspects such as culture, political affairs (government), one’s appearance, and entertainment to fit their definition of “The American Dream”. The 1970’s helped shape and influence what people regard as the current American Dream.
In the study Lareau conducted, it can be see that working class and poor families differ slightly in that being poor means less resources and a means of a greater struggle for the child. The similarities found explain why being lower class has it benefits in some areas then if you were middle or upper class. Now Lareau is not telling people to raise their children one way or that being rich is better because even the rich have many disadvantages their children encounter. Lareau emphasizes, “Overall, daily life for working-class and poor children is slower paced, less pressured, and less structured than for their middle- and
Exploring the nuances of race and social position beginning in childhood and culminating in adulthood Lareau explores different approaches exercised by parents in raising children. Separating families into three categories, including: middle-class, working-class, and poor, the author began her study. Attempting to answer the question, “What is the outcome of these different philosophies and approaches to child rearing?” Lareau discovers that the answer was found in the “transmission of differential advantages” (Lareau 2011:5). Accordingly, these advantages equip children with tools to navigate through life progressively or prohibitively respective to the individual instruction obtained in childhood. In unearthing these discoveries, the author employed the use of ethnography through naturalistic observation utilizing field notes and taped recordings of interviews with family members.
In the ethnographic study, Lareau’s main argument is that different social classes can greatly impact the way a child will be raised. Lareau and her assistants conducted an ethnographic research of twelve families from a
The American Dream is “a dream of social order in which each man and each woman shall be able to attain to the fullest stature of which they are innately capable, and be recognized by others for what they are, regardless of the fortuitous circumstances of birth or position” (Adams, 1931). It is the guarantee that with hard work and passion anyone can achieve upward mobility regardless of their origin. Many Americans believe in this promise, hoping that one day their first circumstance will not dictate the outcome of the rest of their lives. However the American Dream can be elusive without any real he American Dream eludes The novel Ragged Dick; or, Street Life in New York with the
For a long time, individuals have been moving to The United States from everywhere throughout the world in quest for the photo immaculate America that is celebrated as the "place where there is the free." The "American Dream" is an expression used to catch the utopic thought of the capacity, by buckling down, of anybody in America to ascend from any financial class to a higher one, in which he or she builds up an upbeat, fruitful life, as a rule with a crew. This thought is positively a fantasy of numerous, if not most Americans. Then again, this longing is not so much one that can be satisfied by anybody. Despite the fact that we have made gigantic steps in Women's Rights subsequent to the 1920's, there are still some inconspicuous,
The book Unequal Childhoods describes observations made by Annette Lareau to shed light on the significance of social class and how it affects student’s learning. Lareau presents her observations by highlighting the two dominant ways of parenting that ultimately affect how successful students become as they transition into adulthood. These styles of parenting consist of Concerted Cultivation where parents put through kids through structured activities, and Accomplishment of Natural Growth where unrestrictive freedom and directives are exercised (20-22).
All families want their children to be happy, healthy, and grow. Social classes make a difference in how parents go about meeting this goal. In Annette Lareau book, Unequal Childhoods: Class, Race, and Family Life, she promotes middle class parents as concerted cultivation. Middle class parents encourage their children’s talents, opinions, and skills. For example, engaging their children in organized activities and closely monitoring children’s experiences in school. According to Lareau, middle class children gain an emerging sense of entitlement through this pattern of converted cultivation. This causes a focus on children’s individual development. There are signs that the middle class children gain advantages from the experience of concerted cultivation. However, the working class and poor children do not gain this advantage.