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Examine critically some of the ways in which the sociology of the social divisions have impacted on your own personal and family history, and assess the implications for your professional practice as a social worker.

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Examine critically some of the ways in which the sociology of the social divisions have impacted on your own personal and family history, and assess the implications for your professional practice as a social worker. There are many social divisions that we encounter during our life course, some may have a direct influence in shaping who we are, what we think and what attitudes we hold. Social divisions can affect how we interact with each other and how we see ourselves as individual members of society. In this assignment I will examine some of the social divisions that have had a direct influence on my own personal and family history and assess the implications this may have on my professional practice as a social worker. ...read more.

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I feel that being the youngest gave me the chance to observe how differently my brother and sister were treated. My sister was always expected to help with the housework while my brother helped my father to mend the roof of the garden shed and dig the garden over. Even though my sister was the eldest my brother was allowed to stay out later and was also allowed to go to the local youth club, whereas my sister was not allowed to go because she was a girl. At Christmas time my brother always received guns and soldiers while my sister and myself got dolls and tea sets, emphasising the domestic roll. Such gifts were also given by extended family such as aunts, uncles and grandparents. ...read more.

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I found this very hard to accept as I enjoyed playing football but disliked domestic tasks and could not understand why I was not allowed to do the same things the boys did. When I complained about this to my mother I was always told that women just had to accept their lot in life and not complain. My grandmother was more severe in her attitude and often stated that the war had taught women to disrespect their husbands role as the provider. The older females in my family appeared to support the idea that women should be the carer and the men the breadwinner. In contemporary society, although women are now involved in the labour market, the employment tends to mirror their domestic role in jobs such as nursing, teaching etc. ...read more.

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