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1. Reflect: Describe what you did (include the agency name if you chose option A) and what you learned. Explain.
2. Reflect: Describe the significance of this experience for yourself. In your response you should include how you felt while doing this, what you learned about yourself from this experience, and how giving to others made you feel about yourself. Explain.
3. Reflect: Describe how this experience has changed you. In your response you should also include what you wanted to get out of this opportunity and how your goals were met? Explain.
4. Apply: How does your service-learning experience reflect what sociologist C. Wright Mills meant by the sociological imagination? Be sure to include your definition of the sociological imagination. Make sure the explanation is CLEAR.
5. Apply: Apply the 3 theoretical perspectives to your service-learning experience. You might need to think broadly for the macro level perspectives.
6. Apply: Apply 6 concepts (besides sociological imagination and the 3 theoretical perspectives) you learned in class this semester to your experience. List each concept and describe how each were brought to life where you served or through your service activity.
▪ Concepts to Consider (emboldened and italicized):
➢ What are some of the obstacles you faced (by others or institutions, etc.) in trying to achieve your objective/spreading the word? What personal obstacles did you face in seeking social change? Obstacles can be physical and ideological. For example, having resources that facilitate a movement are necessary. Resource mobilization refers to the ways in which a social movement utilizes such resources as money, political influence, access to the media, and personnel. The success of a movement for change will depend in good part on what resources it has and how effectively it mobilizes them. Sociologist Anthony Oberschall (1973: 199) has argued that to sustain social protest or resistance, there must be an “organizational base and continuity of leadership.” What obstacles might you face? List and explain below. How can you overcome these obstacles?
➢ Some people and/or institutions have “vested interests” in maintaining the status quo, because change may hurt them in some way (they will lose money, status, power, prestige, etc.). For instance, the American Medical Association (AMA) historically has fought against the United States developing a single-payer healthcare system because the individuals who belonged to the organization (doctors, as an example) thought their salaries would shrink drastically, and so they lobbied congress for its prevention. Might this be an obstacle for you? Are there people who would “argue against” your cause? Why? What reasons would they give you for “being against your cause?”
➢ One of the challenges faced by leaders of social movements, for instance the feminist movement of the 1960s/70s, was convincing people-in the case of the feminist movement-women, that they deserved more rights and access to resources (eliminating false-consciousness, as they assumed in many cases that a woman’s “place” was in the home, as this was “natural” and so they had “consciousness-raising groups”). Gloria Steinem exemplifies this notion of
false-consciousness in her quote, “having someone who looks like us but thinks like them is worse than having no one at all.” Further, relative deprivation is the conscious feeling of a negative discrepancy between legitimate expectations and present actualities: 1. People must feel they have a right to their goals; they deserve better than they have, 2. The disadvantaged group must perceive that its goals cannot be attained through conventional means (this belief may or may not be correct). Might this be an obstacle for you in addressing your social issue? Might people not think they deserve better? How can you overcome this?