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Assignment 1: Sociological Inquiry
Growing up in the foster care system
When I was 15yrs old my sisters, brothers and I were placed in the foster care system due to child neglect. Because I was the oldest out of 6 children, the parent role was place upon me to fulfill. I had many question but little answers to as why I wasn’t loved. I had to overcome guilt of not keeping my siblings safe enough so that we wouldn’t be place in the foster system. Growing up in foster care in Chicago as a teenager was mentally challenging for me. I had to deal with the fact that there weren’t enough foster home placements as well as the lack of participants who weren’t willing to adopt foster kids which is a growing problem still today. Because of this experience in my life it had a major impact on my relationships with other people and the decisions that I made in my life. The Sociological Perspective and Social Imagination when discussing my event helped me to realize that I have to look at the big picture. To see how these things are tied to a larger structure. Sociological Perspective Sociology asks that we give up the familiar idea that human behavior is simply a matter of individual choice, in favor of the initially strange notion that society guides our thoughts and actions. If I was to take this theory for my event, my Hypotheses would be that instead of making it so easy for parents to just give up their children for whatever the reason maybe, the agency can provide some kind of in-home services to the family with the goal of keeping the family together. According to C. Wright Mills, “the sociological imagination is a way of looking at our experiences in light of what is going on in the world around us. Our personal problems is somewhat related to our social structures.” If I was to take this theory for my event, one would have to wonder if we could make providing in-home services to the families a priority instead of removing the...
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