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  1. How are marked and unmarked identities socially produced

    This essay describes the way marked and unmarked identities are created. An example of marked and unmarked identity is found in Raban?s Street People. They were the homeless living on the streets of New York; they were grouped by ?others? (everyone else) as a collection of ?thieves, alcoholics, the temporarily jobless? (Raban cited in Taylor p176). The identity given to the Street People is relational; it is both detailed and negative and is the marked identity of the pairing. ?Everyone else?, the other half of the relationship, is of course the unmarked identity. People with unmarked identities have a ?vaguely positive ?normal? identity which is not really described? (Taylor, 2009, p179).

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  2. The development of self-awareness and shifts of Locus of self Knowledge: A small-scale investigative study into developmental sequences using comparison of semi-structured interviews.

    Maccoby (as cited in Miel and Ding 2005 p. 131) proposes that for that reason, as sense of self happens by degrees. William James (1892 as cited in Miel and Ding 2005 pp 131) introduced the idea that a sense of self is divided in two stages: the self as a subject of experience and the self as an object of knowledge (Miel and Ding, 2005 pg. 131). This means that as children get older, they become more competent at self-awareness and more realistically involved in perception and responses of others in their lives.

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  3. The focus of this discussion will be rooted in the relevance of the Functionalism and Weber social action perspective in understanding the contemporary Caribbean society.

    It also tries to understand the relationship between social structures and the individual whose behavior and action produce them. (O? Donnell, 1997). Each of the above perspectives heights key elements that each has its personal merits. For instance, the Functionalists have a consensus and states that social systems are constructed of various institutions the most notable the family on a macro scale. (O. Donnell, 1997). They believed that all parts of the family interrelate and if one thing doesn?t work, the whole family will be dysfunctional.

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  4. Using examples from the world of sport, illustrate the main principles of a sociological approach.

    in line with the sociological approach and the views of the Marxist perspective, the working classes are exploited by the higher classes, and Functionalist perspective, a functional prerequisite where scarce resources are allocated making room for social mobility[3] (D. Malcolm 2010). Social class refers to the hierarchal distinctions between individuals or groups in society, these distinctions are based on ?a combination of income, wealth, education, occupation, and social connections[4] (Coakley, 2009). Sport arose out of class conflict and conflicts within classes.

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