Marx’s Concept of Commodities Revisited

(This article is one of the coursework requirements in a sociology course: Classical Sociological Theory) In socio-economic activities, commodities play an essential role in shaping and affecting social processes. This paper will discuss Karl Marx's concepts of "commodities," which will focus on its values, labour embodiment, and the extent to social relations. Entities or commodities … Continue reading Marx’s Concept of Commodities Revisited

A Tale of Womanhood

(A Sociological Reflection of the Documentary Film "Period. End of Sentence." This reflective analysis is coursework in Sociology of Gender.)      The documentary discusses the essentialist view of gender and its power, which poses the distinction and disparity between men and women. Essentialism elucidates the facets of human behaviour and identity as part of its … Continue reading A Tale of Womanhood

Rational Education: A Stride Toward Equality of the Sexes

(A Sociological Reflection on Mary Wollstonecraft's "A Vindication of the Rights of Woman")      The age of Enlightenment, also known simply as Enlightenment, was centred on the power of reason as the primary source of knowledge, intellect, and progressive ideas of liberty and progress in the society. In line with this principle, Mary Wollstonecraft challenged … Continue reading Rational Education: A Stride Toward Equality of the Sexes

A Deviance That Makes A Difference

(This article explains positive deviance.  It is a sociological description of a labour strike, one of the coursework in a Sociology course: Deviance and Social Control.)      Societies evolve and develop, and their progression processes underwent gradual to swift social changes over time, by which Karl Marx sees them in the context of conflicts. Inequality … Continue reading A Deviance That Makes A Difference

Systemic Racism: The Problem of the Color Line

(A Sociological Reflection on William Edward Burghardt (W.E.B.) Du Bois’s “The Philadelphia Negro”)      When we talk about the Negro or Black people, a stigma is always attached to it. It has been centuries that Negro stereotyping or systemic racism is an ongoing social issue in the Western world, specifically in North America. Until now, many … Continue reading Systemic Racism: The Problem of the Color Line

Becoming A Man for Wrong Reasons

(A Sociological  Reflection on "Tough Guise 2: Violence, Manhood, and American Culture")      The social construction of a "real man" is evident in different cultures, ethnicities, and civilizations, wherein being masculine is attributed to violence. Undoubtedly, violence, which entails deviant behaviours, is a part of the ever-changing social dynamics. Men, then, are always deemed to … Continue reading Becoming A Man for Wrong Reasons

Duterteism: Reviving the Morals and Spirit of the Filipinos

(This essay describes Philippine President Rodrigo Roa Duterte’s leadership. It discusses Duterte's public management in the context of moral entrepreneurship, social deviance, and deviance dance in politics.)      One of the primary charms of influential or powerful people is their capability to influence a group of people or the general public for the common good … Continue reading Duterteism: Reviving the Morals and Spirit of the Filipinos

A Rebuttal Against the Repressive Policy Resolution R4

(An argument inspired by the Sociology of Gender course against the Ontario's Policy Resolution R4. It explains gender in/equality in Canadian society.)      In light of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedom, the Ontario Progressive Conservative (PC) Party’s “Resolution R4, Education and Community Safety” weakens the very foundation of Canada’s tradition of ordered liberty, … Continue reading A Rebuttal Against the Repressive Policy Resolution R4

University/Higher Education Enforces Social Inequality

     Studying in a university, in the mind of a student with low socio-economic status (SES), is a crucial stride toward upward mobility in the social ladder. It is an opportunity to explore the world of the higher social echelon through tertiary education. A university degree can level and equate the opportunities, as common people … Continue reading University/Higher Education Enforces Social Inequality

No Person Is More Or Less Important In The Family

     The question “who are the most important persons in the family?” will unfold diverse perspectives based on person’s life circumstances and lived-experiences: generations, cultural backgrounds, age groups, professions, educational attainment, social status, and most of all family life conditions.        In “John Rosemond: Your Kids Should Not Be The Most Important,” John Rosemond … Continue reading No Person Is More Or Less Important In The Family