Sociology : A Sociological Perspective

2031 Words Nov 14th, 2016 9 Pages
Sociology refers to the study of a society’s structure, development, collective behaviors, and functions, which delves into examining social institutions and social relations. Sociology may also be termed as “a scientific way of thinking about society and its influence on human groups,” (Andersen & Taylor, 2007, p. 2). Society, on the other hand, refers to people who share norms, traditions, values, and laws as well as live together as an organized community. Sociology is important in understanding communities and the issues the affect them such as racial relations, cultural changes, domestic violence, and religious practices. Given the importance attached to a common identity among members of a society, this paper will adopt a sociological approach to explore the issues that influence the ability of Hispanics to develop a common identity, examine whether it is necessary to develop such an identity. Additionally, it will look into the potential social problems associated with positive stereotypes for racial and ethnic minority students.
Issues that Affect the Ability of Hispanics to Develop a Common Identity
The term Hispanic refers to Americans of Spanish-speaking countries’ descent or those individuals who trace their roots to these countries. The US government mandates that people who have their roots in Spanish-speaking countries be categorized as Hispanics or Latinos. It is important to note that one of the most uniting factors of Hispanics is their attachment to the…
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