Thejournal is a record of my class experiences, a reflection of what Ilearned during the class, a thoughtful analysis of the classreadings, the journal also connects themes from the class to mypersonal individual live. I am optimistic that this journal will helpme perfect independent and integrated learning skills that areimportant to communicate my ideas to others.
Inclass, we learned about the minority groups in the society. I learntthat minority groups are those individuals who are marginalized, theones who are vulnerable to discrimination by others, and ones who areprone to mistreatment and shortchange. Some of the minority groupsincluded the lower social class, the black society, and gays andlesbians. In the first film about the Stonewall riots, a minoritygroup of gays and how they fought for their rights and freedoms. Iunderstand that the gays who fought or their rights and freedom atthe Stonewall gay bar illustrates the struggles that the minorityundergoes to fight for their rights and freedom. The pain andmistreatment they go through when they are handled by the majority ofthe upper social classes.
Iclass I learnt about various themes that relate to the society. Someof the societal themes include egalitarian, ranked, andstratification of the society. The egalitarian speaks about theequality of all beings, the ranking is the categorizing of thesociety into ranks, while stratification is all about the structuringof the society into groups according to economic, intellectual, andpower abilities. The social stratification stratifies the societyaccording to social advantages like the number and color. Elites arethe stratification according to the levels of academic background.The hegemony of masses is where a certain social class entitlesitself and puts itself in the position of ruling the other in thesociety[CITATION Sus12 p 18 l 1033 ].
Ialso came to learn that industrial revolution that was orchestratedby the innovation, production and consumption brought about anothertype of stratification depending on consumption and propertyownership. According to Karl Marx, the stratification could bedescribed as bourgeoisie and proletariat the capitalists and theproperty-less workers. The perspective of Marx concerning the nationwas that the nation is an instrument of oppression and religion asdiverting and controlling masses. I have witnessed in the society thestruggle between the two strata as postulated by Marx, the workersfighting for improvement of their conditions of work while theemployers are doing everything possible to deny the workers theexcess that can guarantee them a decent life[CITATION Kar97 p 12 l 1033 ].
Theother thing that I learnt concerning the society, according to Marx,concerns the class consciousness. According to the films in thevideos, when the riots broke in Stonewall, the gay society gunned upto defend the person who was arrested. The entire society then roseagainst the police to defend their own. The experience is live evenin the school where we forge friendship according to sharedinterests. These classes are powerful as a collective force that hasemerged to influence. The class cohesion brings about revolution asthe class groupings agitate for the common good. When as anindividual I need an assistance or has something to achieve, I lookfor a social class of my equals to identify with because they willown my idea and help me achieve it. The social class is a necessaryevil because at some point it commits evil as in the case of mobjustice.
Marx, Karl. Karl Marx on Society and Social Change: With Selections by Friedrich Engels. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 1997.
Susan , T Fiske and Rose Markus Hazel . Facing Social Class: How Societal Rank Influences Interaction. New York: Russell Sage Foundation, 2012.