The Impact of Sociology of the Social Divisions Essay

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The Impact of Sociology of the Social Divisions Examine critically some of the ways in which the sociology of the social divisions have impacted on your own personal and family history, and assess the implications for your professional practice as a social worker. There are many social divisions that we encounter during our life course, some may have a direct influence in shaping who we are, what we think and what attitudes we hold. Social divisions can affect how we…show more content…
I feel that being the youngest gave me the chance to observe how differently my brother and sister were treated. My sister was always expected to help with the housework while my brother helped my father to mend the roof of the garden shed and dig the garden over. Even though my sister was the eldest my brother was allowed to stay out later and was also allowed to go to the local youth club, whereas my sister was not allowed to go because she was a girl. At Christmas time my brother always received guns and soldiers while my sister and myself got dolls and tea sets, emphasising the domestic roll. Such gifts were also given by extended family such as aunts, uncles and grandparents. This was my first experience of my parents attitudes that the female is the carer and nurturer of the family while the male is the provider and protector. This attitude is called patriarchy and is described by Sylvia Walby as “a system of social structures, and practices, in which men dominate, oppress and exploit women”, (Bilton et al p.140). Walby believes in two types of patriarchy, private and public. Private patriarchy describes the way in which women are controlled by their husbands or fathers for the benefit of the male as it is the male who benefits most from patriarchal relations. Gender as a division became much more apparent as I got older.
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