White Male Privilege

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(Photos taken by: Sarah Suddes, January 24, 2017. Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

 

Behold, the Trump Tower of “White Privilege”

Elitism, Trumpism, White Privilege. This man, who has now become one of the most powerful men in the world, feeds off the underprivileged and struggling. He has the ability to use his white privileges, which include his wealthy upbringing, to manipulate people to support him in his rise to the top.

 

Word Count – 69

The Thames River

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This scenic view of the Thames River in Springbank Park demonstrates the sociological concept of urbanization, the act of urbanizing, or acquiring the characteristics of a city (The American Heritage, n.d). If you look closely at the photograph, you can see a high rise apartment building along the Thames River in the distance. Relating to urbanization, human ecology looks at the relationships between people and the environments they are in (Schaefer & Haaland, 2014, p. 335). This includes the concept that rivers can serve as a barrier to residential expansion. Springbank Park also serves as a barrier to residential expansion on its property, as the park would not be such an attractive destination if it were full of residencies. However, because the park is somewhat surrounded by residencies instead, it has become a highly popular destination. This photograph therefore demonstrates the boundaries of urbanization, and the relationship that people and their environments have on each other.

multiculturalism

a group of  racially diverse friends coming from different parts of the world, sharing the similar ideologies and beliefs.

a group of  racially diverse friends coming from different parts of the world, sharing the similar ideologies and beliefs.

a group of racially diverse friends coming from different parts of the world, sharing the similar ideologies and beliefs.

The City of London ON is Stealing Money From Students.

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Matthew Peckham, March 7th, 2017, North of Waterloo and Huron, London ON

Over the course of a year, students collectively pay thousands of dollars towards their municipal government in parking tickets. Functionalists in particular would argue that this is a justifiable process designed to teach new drivers the rules, as well as reinforce driving laws. Indeed, laws need to be in place in order to establish order. Of course, when people violate parking laws they deserve to be ticketed. But is it really at all just to be charging students $40 per ticket when parking in their own community?

In a densely student populated area such as King’s, consisting of students who are living off of loans and other social assistance, it is not fair to charge them the same as someone who is not attending school in the area. Unfortunately this seems to be a problem unique to King’s, as being off the main campus leaves us in the hands and mercy of the city of London parking commissioners. Western’s campus has their own commissioners, emergency staff, and campus security/police. These services, unfortunately do not extend to the King’s campus community.

This is, of the conflict theory opinion, a classic example of an institution designed for the positive functioning of society taking advantage of its’ position, in this case for max profit. Conflict theorists argue that society is in fact not designed for positive functioning of society, but for some kind of gain or control. Additionally, and another example of this, is that the parking is restricted to 2 hours per use at a time. This often means that students have to run out to their cars during class in order to avoid a ticket. It needs to be recognized how extremely dysfunctional this really is, as the stress it incurs on King’s student throughout the course of a year is no doubt harmful to their overall academic performance. One solution to this issue could be to swap out the old signs with new ones that provide a larger window for parking for students. Another could be to provide King’s students with their own passes for street parking.

Clearly, there is a system of parking present around King’s that has been designed to profit off of the inexperience of student drivers as well as the mistakes they tend to make, and in no way supports the development of students, or their education.

Multiculturalism

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The sociological concept that can be identified in this photo is multiculturalism. Sharing this building are three very different restaurants, (from left to right) Tuscano’s Pizzeria & Bistro, Hadi’s Shawarma, and barBurrito. All of these restaurants’ food originates from various ethnic groups (Italian, Middle Eastern, and Mexican). These restaurants are a prime example of how diverse Canada’s culture is. Many different cultural cuisines have come to Canada from all around the world. When immigrants traveled to Canada they brought their unique food cultures and methods of cooking with them. Those recipes and cooking methods have now transformed into restaurants like these that create Canada’s vast food culture. This immense Canadian food culture is a major plus, it allows people to enjoy foods from other countries. It also provides immigrants the chance to consume the dishes from their homeland.

 

 

Tyler Sehovic,

March 13, 2017, 1579 Oxford St E

147 WORDS

 

This is an example of social class.

 

Haji Firooz

Haji Firooz

This is a picture of a person which is known as “haji firooz”. They dance in public during Persian new year in order to collect donations and help those who can not afford to celebrate Persian new year.

 

Ali Goljan, March 10 2017, Sheraton Hotel Richmond Hill, ON

Capitalism

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I’m sorry if you didn’t win this time around, give us more money and please play again, continue in a cycle until you win; but by continuing to give us your money. Who really wins?

Braeden Landers, Cardinal Carter Library, March 12, 2017, London Ontario

Character Count: 148

Subculture

 

 

Sunday, March 5th 2017 Leamington, Ontario

This picture was taken at an arena in Leamington, Ontario between two teams in the hockey league I play in.. Seeing how full the rink is, you can tell that hockey in Ontario is the pride for its people. It is a culture within the normal society of our province. Many people bring their families to watch games at night for entertainment, and because it has been tradition in some families for years. This is proven by how big Hockey Night in Canada is. Every Saturday night Canadians gather around their television to watch hockey all night long following a summary of the game with Don Cherry and Ron Mclean. In the photo you can see that there is not one seat open in this rink and there are people of all ages sitting waiting for the action to unfold. There are hockey courses now at universities, UWO being one of them to adopt this new type of class. Hockey is at its peak popularity and people religiously watch/play the sport.

This picture was taken at an arena in Leamington, Ontario between two teams in the hockey league I play in.. Seeing how full the rink is, you can tell that hockey in Ontario is the pride for its people. It is a culture within the normal society of our province. Many people bring their families to watch games at night for entertainment, and because it has been tradition in some families for years. This is proven by how big Hockey Night in Canada is. Every Saturday night Canadians gather around their television to watch hockey all night long following a summary of the game with Don Cherry and Ron Mclean. In the photo you can see that there is not one seat open in this rink and there are people of all ages sitting waiting for the action to unfold. There are hockey courses now at universities, UWO being one of them to adopt this new type of class. Hockey is at its peak popularity and people religiously watch/play the sport.