The Importance Of The Status Quo In Society

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the reproduction of the status quo is possible due to the certain facets of culture, power, and structure embedded into our society. Culture provides the basis for what is “real” and what is “normal”, thus defining the status quo. These are determined by the categories we use to define things. The world is vast and we do not have the mental capacity to understand everything around us, humans use categories and symbols to filter their experiences and make sense of our environment and its physical entities, this is known as the social constriction of reality (Roy 1997: 5). Because humans view things in categories, our actions are constrained by the assumptions within these categories. These basic assumptions are so ingrained within members of a society that people don’t question their validity. For example, humans tend to categorize each other by race. The term “race” was historically created by a dominant group of Europeans to map out distinct groups that were seemingly less human (80). This hierarchical ideology has been embedded into our ideology and has manifested into the legitimization of racism and religious discrimination today. According to a 2016 study done by the Pew Research Center, 49% of Americans said Islam is not more likely than other religions to encourage violence, compared to the 41% of Americans saying that it encourages violence. But when analyzing the data along partisan lines, 70% of Republicans say that Islam is more likely than other religions to

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