Sunday, December 10, 2017

Final Final Blog Post....

Hey Guys, I promise that this is the last blog post that you will ever have to read for now… But I think it’s time to educate others on the important topic that is at hand: poverty? Poverty as people know it means poor. Poor is correct, but it goes more into depth than just “poor” Did you guys know that living in poverty means limited access to resources that is needed to survive in the world? A higher chance of getting diseases, such as obesity, heart attack, etc.? Because of not having the resources that is needed to survive in the world, many people lack ambition which Is needed if they wanted to become successful in this world. WOW, poverty can do so much damage to society, so how much longer can poverty do to society before society starts to be deteriorate? Let’s hope by the end of this blog, you can educate others about it and fight to reduce poverty in the world….
To reduce poverty, we would have to understand what really causes poverty. In the world, there are so much negative views about poverty that people would rather make fun of those who live in poverty instead of helping them…  Let’s look at these two memes that were being said about poverty….
When people look at these memes, all they would want to do is laugh and would not want to help. Theses memes are not sociological because theses memes are going based off what they are seeing in the media. For starters, it’s not only African Americans going through poverty, its other ethnicities as well. Second, African Americans are not “stupid”. African Americans have the same knowledge as Whites, but nobody’s going to say anything about it, because they do not see blacks and whites equal. Think about it for a moment, when do you ever see blacks and whites ever being 
equal? Of course, they would discourage and talk bad about black people because people see black people as “unfit” to do anything in the world. Make sense??? Now let’s move on to the second meme with Paris Hilton… With this meme, the only question that I want to ask and hope you would want to ask as well, HOW CAN POOR PEOPLE JUST BUY MORE MONEY IF THEY NEVER HAD MORE MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE?? I think when that question gets answered, then this meme would make sense. It’s not sociological at all because they would know that people living in poverty barely has the funds to survive in the world and barely has food to eat, so how can they get more money unless they commit illegal crimes? and what would be the purpose of doing that, so they can continue to get talked down badly??  Now, it’s important to have an informed sociological perspective in everything that we do to educate others on topics. If we don’t have sociological perspectives on things, then we would be completely biased in everything that we see around us. And what good would biasness do for the world? Wouldn’t we just rather the truth and facts instead of false information and opinions? I would rather have the facts than opinions.
This semester, I have learned a great deal about poverty while learning about poverty. I realized that there is a lot of research being done on poverty and not a lot of people realize that there’s research. If people could listen and go on the internet and read the biasness about poverty, then they could read the research that is being done on poverty; all of which is facts by the way…  I’ve learned that poverty is caused by a person barely surviving because of their income. I know people’s first reaction would be “they should just look for a job that will pay them more” but people should realize that’s not always the case…  One of the people who helps understand this is Yoshikawa, Lawrence Aber, and Beardslee. With this, these people decide to look at previous models of other researcher’s research about poverty and how it connects to income. Yoshikawa, et. Al (2012) states “First, underemployment or job loss limits families’ economic resources and, hence, their ability to purchase resources and goods, schools, food, housing, and safe environments necessary for development” (275) By this statement, they are saying that when there are barely any jobs or when jobs ended up closing due to economic loss, people barely have any income that is needed to buy things to survive. In the United States, there are barely jobs and with the jobs that are available, not everyone has the certain skills that is needed for the job. So, either, one has the skills that is needed for the job or they will become unemployed. Which would make sense as to why there are less people having jobs because they don’t have the skills for that job. And the reason why they do not have the skills is because of the upbringing that they were brought into and the certain neighborhoods must come with the parents can afford, which relates back to poverty…. Wow, as I was reading this research, I said “It makes sense as to why there are so many people in the United States unemployed” The next thing that I have learned is neighborhood factors relating to poverty. The person to help me understand this view was Jefferey Timberlake. Jefferey Timberlake used data from the Panel Study of Income Dynamics which had surveyed families about their economic well-being. Timberlake, 2009 wrote “... household and especially urban ecological factors strongly affect the amount of time that black and white children can expect to spend in poor and nonpoor neighborhoods throughout childhood” (469). White children would hardly live in a low-income neighborhood because their parents don’t want them to be exposed to that specific type of upbringing, whereas black children have no choice but to stay in the low-income neighborhood because the parents could afford the houses within that neighborhood. What people don’t realize is depending on where one grew up, it has a huge influence on them. The last point that I learned while reading this research is there is a decline in a person’s life expectancy rate due to poverty. Simone Rambotti used data collected from the Equality Trust website which was conducted by Wilkson and Pickett to find the correlation between income inequality and life expectancy rate. Rambotti (2015) states “inequality negatively affects life expectancy only in high-poverty countries, and does not affect it in low-poverty countries” (129). Countries that have the most income and doesn’t have people homeless or underemployed typically has a longer chance of life expectancy because those countries have the resources that are available to them for them to be healthy. These resources include many supermarkets for people to buy groceries and less fast food restaurants or faster emergency rooms and better hospitals that can fix the health problems. Countries that has the least income are bound to have a lower life expectancy rate because there are little to no resources available and the rate for unemployment is extremely high. Did you guys know that United States has the highest rate of poverty? How can that be if we have “money”?? So where is our money going to?? Just let that sink in for a minute….
The point that I am trying to make hence for the long research post is… poverty is damaging our society. Of course, we can not control unfortunate situations but as a country, we are not doing anything to reduce the problem at hand. How many more people can we lose due to poverty? I am not saying that there’s a permanent way of deleting poverty, because as much as we would like for that to happen, it just can’t. But what I am saying is, there should be more jobs opening for those who doesn’t have a job, for people to learn certain skills that is needed for jobs, for better hospitals and better resources. I want you to think about the families who barely has any food, money to eat, a home due to poverty. So, the next time you see a person talking about people living in poverty or make horrible memes, refer them to this blog because I have learned a great deal by researching this topic and I know they will too by reading this blog.
-          Anikka
References for the research that I have cited
Rambotti, Simone. 2015. "Recalibrating the spirit level: An analysis of the interaction of income inequality and poverty and its effect on health" Social Science and Medicine.  Retrieved October 13, 2017(
Timberlake, Jeffery M. 2009. "Effects of household and neighborhood characteristics on children’s exposure to neighborhood poverty and affluence" Social Science Research. Retrieved October 14, 2017 (

Yoshikawa, Hirokazu, Lawrence- Aber, J and Beardslee, William R. 2012.  "The Effects of Poverty on the Mental, Emotional, and Behavioral Health of Children and Youth Implications for Prevention" American Psychologist Association. Retrieved October 13, 2017(

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

Final Blog...

Guys, it has come to our last blog post together... So, lets all try to get a few wisdom in our brains...  Yes, it's important for social scientists to find ways to connect with public audience. It's important for social scientists to find ways to connect with public audience because the public needs to be aware on a lot of social issues! For example, when the topic is about civil rights and about black people earning the same equal rights as whites and let me tell you people can be so ignorant about this topic... Most people believe that black people should not receive the same equal rights as white and will tend to make memes about black people not doing anything for themselves... See, this is where the social scientist can step in and provide the public information and facts about the reasoning behind "black people not doing anything" If the public was more aware about the topic, the public would want to help instead of criticizing....

Social scientists should make the social research accessible and relevant to the public discourse because technology is advancing! Nobody is going to listen to the news anymore. People would rather turn to Facebook or Twitter faster and would help out quicker than hearing it from the news.... It's important for social scientists to practice public sociology in terms of their research questions and designs because it would have the research more credible and would have people more interested in the topic...The research topic could be about abortion and the design could be having a open ended interview where the interviewee could express themselves about the topic instead of answering questions back to back(SOOO BORINGG) and a person wouldn't  be able to put themselves in the other person's shoes, which is important! If you want somebody to care about the topic that you are presenting or you care about the most, you definitely want to make it seem personal, credible and eye- opening!

This class (Sociology 475) was very useful to me in many ways.First, it had allowed me to research about a topic that is near and dear to my heart (poverty). Second, it had allowed me to educate others(like what I'm doing right now) about poverty and the seriousness about it if nothing is being done to at least reduce poverty. Lastly, it taught me the importance of public sociology and how if we(society) do not educate others or let others know about the things that is going on in the world, then the world would continuing to deteriorate and the future generations would have to suffer because of the lack of knowledge that society does not have.... 
                                          Thanks for reading, I hope you learned something and want to take action.
                                                                                                                    - Anikka :)

Monday, November 6, 2017

Observations on Cultural products....

We were asked to observe our classmates examples of their cultural products on their topic and I can honestly say, the world is so ignorant and so biased that if we do not change it, we are heading to a path of destruction..
When presented with social issues that matter to us, the public tends to be biased about the issues and add their opinion to the issues instead of real facts... Instead of presenting real facts and truth, the public has the tendency to twist things around and make fun of the topic, instead of educating those about the topic.. Then, when they do present the topic, they create memes or comics about it, so how can one take the social issue seriously, if the public doesn't even take it seriously?
People have to realize society will take heed and action to the problem if we are serious about it.. Sure, memes can be created, but if we are just going to be rude and biased to the situation, what good does that do for society?
The perspectives that should be presented in memes or videos or t shirts is sociological ones. The ones that actually have research and have the facts to support the claim or the issues. Nobody didn't say that memes, slogans or t-shirts couldn't be created, but if you're trying to educate others on a topic through products, then please throw some sociology in it or just at least have research to back up the claim, because if you don't and all you do is just add your opinions to it, its biased and nobody's going to take heed to the problem. One might actually laugh about the situation and that is by the far the last thing that we need right now....

I just had to let it be known that the longer that we don't take heed to the problem, the longer we will have people not wanting to care about the situation which will be bad for society... Let me know your thoughts about memes and how sociology plays a part in educating those about issues....
                                                                                                              - Anikka :)

Tuesday, October 24, 2017

Cultural Product Examples..

Hi Friends! Today, we will be discussing some memes that I have discovered while browsing the internet and all I have to say is... The more that we as in society become more uneducated on topics that matter the most to us, the more ignorant we will become which will turn around deteriorate society more than improving on it.
Let's take into an example the first meme of poverty.. Okay, honestly, this was just rude and inappropriate for poverty. Clearly, poverty is lack of resource that one does not have which then causes them to be less fortunate than others.. It is also the lack of jobs that there are in the world.. So let's ask the question one more time.. HOW CAN PEOPLE HAVE MORE MONEY WHEN THEY DON'T HAVE MONEY IN THE FIRST PLACE..??!!??

but wait there's more...
This meme was the most disrespectful meme I have ever seen on the internet.. First of all, African Americans are not the only ones who suffers from poverty, but I bet you, those different type of ethnicity are not being mentioned which is bias.. African Americans only suffers from poverty because they lack education and also certain skills that is needed to have a job in America, but also White people also sees African Americans as "worthless" and as slaves, so White people rather have this "power" over African Americans, which is unfair. Clearly, there is no sociological perspective in this meme...

This last meme didn't have a sociological perspective but it let others to think...
The reason I like this meme is because it shows a child and the fact the child is hungry and homeless because of the poverty in the word. It has people thinking "Hmmm, its true. Why is America, which is one of the richest country in the world, has the highest rate for poverty? Does America not care about their citizens and do they not want to help their country rise from poverty?
Now, these memes could have some sociological perspective if it was to show or say, the reasoning for people not having money or why they are suffering. But being bluntly rude, and not even trying to educate those about poverty is not going to help the country and definitely, we are not gaining anything by being disrespectful guys. 
Please let me know what you think of these memes. I would love to hear your comment.
Talk to you Soon 
- Anikka :) 

Tuesday, October 3, 2017

Popular media sources

Recently, I was asked to look up popular media sources relating to the topic that I'm interested in which was poverty. After carefully reading each article and analyzing the articles, I began to realize that popular media likes to stir away from the real problem that is being presented to them, and its not truthful.

In one of the articles, " Organizing the Uprising: The Age of Poverty and Inequality" was the only one that had a sociological perspective being discussed in the article. Even though, the article had different authors share their experience and their research from the minorities groups from all over the world, it didn't show a sign of biasness, but instead show the reasoning of why people are suffering from poverty and the reason why poverty will continue to rise. But the other articles was talking about other things that didn't add up to the main issue at hand and the thought that came to my head was why? Why write a fantastic title only to not talk about the topic?

For example, one of the articles "What city bus systems can tell us about race, poverty and us" sounds like a excellent title and a great article, but as you start reading it, you realize that the idea of poverty is not even being mentioned. "Lessons like how to overcome her fears to walk past two giant Rottweilers, but also why one block of the avenue can be teeming with businesses while the next block is blighted and vacant"(Hui, 2017) Based on that quote, one would not see how and where poverty fits in that equation. However, this article could be a strong article if the author add included information from the 1950's about blacks having to take the transit system because they couldn't afford to have a car. Something around those areas would have show the seriousness of poverty, but having a title but not actually talking about that topic is not good for the readers and especially community members.

Personally, if the articles that we read show a sociological perspective, the articles would be taken more serious and it would be beneficial to community organizations and officials. Below are the articles that I have mentioned about in this blog.
Let me know your thoughts on the articles. Do you think that there was sociological perspectives in any of the articles? Did you learn anything about poverty while reading these articles? If the answer is no, then we have to do better trying to let others see the sociological perspective of things......

                                                                                                                        - Anikka :)
McCarthy, Lloyd. 2017. "Organizing the Uprising: The Age of Poverty and Inequality". Retrieved September 29, 2017
Hui, Mary. 2017. "What city bus systems can tell us about race, poverty and us". Retrieved September 29 , 2017

Monday, October 2, 2017

Social issues being presented to the public...

Last week, my peers presented on how popular media views their social issues and can I just say one thing? Popular media does not really show the social issues that is very crucial to society and honestly, its unfair. As I'm viewing and reading the articles, I had noticed that some popular media will turn around and add more stereotype to the issues or doesn't even really explain the issues that is in hand. For example, the title could say : "Local churches giving back to the community by providing food to the homeless" but the article could talk about something totally different and not actually talk about the issue that is being presented. Let's be honest, popular media doesn't present any social perspectives but their own, which is completely biased and un-fair. Popular media doesn't look towards social scientists perspectives because they believe that social scientists are un-important when in fact, social scientists have the knowledge that can shape the world into a better one!!

My only concern and I think every one should feel or think the same way, how do we know if the articles that we are reading in the world are truthful? How do we know if that's the "right" perspective we should believe? How do we know if popular media is not trying to stir us away from the real problem ? Things to think about.

As I close this blog, remember to always read between the lines and always ask yourself, if you only see one perspective, how truthful is it?
                                                                                                                         See ya later
                                                                                                                      - Anikka :)

Monday, September 11, 2017

Thoughts on academics mixed with Sociology.....

Here we go with the topic this week friends, the topic of mixing Sociology with academics.. Just the thought of hearing academics with Sociology scares people or better yet confuses people because people are like "how can you mix Sociology with academics? Sociology isnt that important anyways". Well, I am here to tell you that IT IS FALSE and that Sociology is just as important as academics and when you put the two together, it can honestly improve the world in many ways..

The big debate about mixing Sociology with academics and then teaching it to the public is very controversial. Based on the readings that i have read, I came to the conclusion that mixing academics with Sociology could make a difference, but teaching it to the public will require much power and attention, which is something that sociologists currently lack on because sociologists isnt being noticed.... For example, sociologists do believe that teaching the public about Sociology or offering their expertise on the topic will help others see the light of things. Karen Sternheimer states "Thinking sociologically is a tool to examine our lives and our society more critically"(2013) and many Sociologists will believe that the purpose of educating the public about Sociology is to help us understand our everyday actions. While others will see educating the public about Sociology as a huge disadvantage and impossible to do. "Activism is about promoting social change,which is a different bottom line than academia, which is knowledge generation".(Fabiorojas,2013). The point of activism is to bring a change to the world and adding academics into it will not help because with academics, you have to have the knowledge which doesnt add up to help bringing a change.

But there are sociologists who believe that adding knowledge with current issues will in fact do justice in the world, and with this they feel that it is right to educate the public but face a roadblock. Let's be honest, nobody would want to hear or listen to a sociologist informing the public about their opinion on a issue. One of the roadblocks that social scientists face is being biased. Karen Sternheimer states that  public sociology can have some challenges; in which some of the information that can be presented could be biased or misinterpreted(2013).With this, when social scientists are trying to talk to a public audience, the information that they are presenting could be faced with personal opinions and therefore the public audience would want to question the social scientists views and say, well why should we believe you or want to listen to you ? Another roadblock that social scientists have while trying to engage with the public is the wording of things. One of the ways in which social scientists could engage with the public is by having the ideas "expressed in ways that are interesting, readable and engaging"(Jurgenson,2012) The problem that social scientists have now is that if people were supposed to be interested in the issue, they wouldn't because of the choice of words that social scientists use. The public views the words as "educational" and that's something the public feel that they do not have the time to be educated or to feel like they are in "school".

In my opinion, social science should not influence public debate, but it should influence public policy. With public policy, it has a huge impact on the whole world, whether people see it or not. So for example, there's currently a policy in which undergraduate students could receive free tuition from SUNY and CUNY if their families make less than 100,000. With this, the social scientist could present facts and graphs in which shows the number of families who suffers from poverty and could also show the number of people who doesn't attend college due to the fact of not being able to afford college. It could get done if social scientist would speak up and not be scared of what other expertise would think of them. The work should be honestly addressed to everyone because it affects everyone in the world and if the work can influence a person, then that person could influence another person and so on and so forth. C. Wright Mills would say that a social scientist should have patience and guidance because people will soon realize that its the social scientist who has the knowledge and the power, they just have to know how to use that power to their advantage. I believe that having this debate on educating the world about sociology is unfair and unjust. I say this because everything that we do has a cause and an effect and its the sociologist job to help us understand why these things around us help influence our behavior? So without Sociology,there would not be an understanding of the things around us, so Sociology actually helps us with our everyday activities whether people see that or not. I think that the conversation might slightly change because it could be random people who has the expertise in social science engaging with the public. However, the public would want to ask that random person, why should we believe you and how do you know your information? Its like the public is never satisfied and that's the sad part about it all.....

Sorry this was a long post, but I just had to rant and let others know how i think of it. Below are references for the above articles that I have referenced in this blog. Next time would be much engaging, I promise :)
                                                                                                                       Peace out
                                                                                                                     - Anikka :)
References for the articles 
Collins, Patricia Hill. 2013. "truth-telling and intellectual activism" in Contexts 12:1, Pp. 36-39. Temple University Press.
Ehrenreich, Barbara. 2007. "A Journalist's Plea." Pp. 231-238 in Public Sociology, edited by Clawson, Dan, Robert Zussman, Joya Misra, Naomi Gerstel, Randall Stokes, Douglas L. Anderton, and Michael Burawoy. Berkeley, CA: University of CA Press.