Examine several social groups or organizations to which you belong or have belonged (school, government, family, religious, special interest club, and so forth). Prepare a 700 to 1,050-word paper explaining the role of the group and the social functions it supports or promotes. Be sure to define the groups that you select in terms of primary and secondary classifications. If you can deem the group can a reference group, consider how this group affects or has affected your life personally and/or professionally? If you select any organizations for your analysis, consider Weber's five characteristics of an ideal bureaucracy and suggest which (if any) of the characteristics are directly applicable to your organization. From personal experience, examine the positive and negative ramifications of operating within a bureaucratic structure. This is a research paper and you must follow the APA requirements and these following points to receive full credit for your work:
1. Your introduction must have an overview of what you will be writing in the paper, giving the reader some information to guide him or her.
2. Your paper needs to be organized. Your ideas should not be presented randomly without thought to order. Divide your work according to subjects and identify them with sub-titles.
3. You need to have a conclusion. Do not add new information at the end of the paper. You need to summarize the main points of the paper.
4. This paper must have references to follow your paper with regard to these requirements: a) 3 sociological sources from the UOP electronic library, 2) your textbook can be used only as the fourth source, 3) dictionaries are not a scientific tool and do not use them as a source to support your paper.
I have advised on a problem like this before and I decided to do an 'in-character answer' just so you can se how social groups can overlap from personal experience. I have drawn on materials I have used before since I can only guess re. books & materials indicated in your syllabus. I hope this solution will help you. If you have any questions regarding the solution, please feel free to send me a message. Good Luck & thank you for using brainmass. Attached is the word version. The essay follows the APA format and you will notice as well that it has that 'basic structure' an introduction, a body, and a conclusion. Follow this basic structure in riting your paper/essays to ensure that the ideas and arguments you present show logical thinking.
Groups & Socialization
Socialization is about the creation of cultural and social network skills within an individual. It becomes one's guide in approaching and viewing the world as he lives his life. From sociological point of view socialization points to the processes by which one learns to become a part of a culture. Factors that contribute towards socialization are social agents; social forces that has an effect on how things are organized, how they become. Individuals, groups, people are social agents. They carry on roles that are shape the structures, conditions and systems that allow for particular cultures & societies to exist. Sociology defines groups as a collection of individuals involved in a social network sharing particular expectations, characteristics, & obligations while working towards particular goals & through this interaction maintains a common identity. In a way, particular groups share their own culture, which becomes an identifier. As society or a community can be defined as a large group. In the social sciences, groups are seen to exhibit a sense of kinship. To an extent ethnicity & linguistic backgrounds are shared but interests & shared values also play a large part. In sociology (based on the theory of CH Cooley), groups are subdivided into primary, secondary & reference levels. Primary refers to nucleus groups that become a basic in an individual's life. Families are considered primary groups that are small & maintain very close interaction where members exchange implicitly personal items like love, care, support, etc. Secondary groups are large. Within this interaction primary groups are formed (i.e. pairing up of couples who in turn create families of their own or very close bonds among friends who maintain kinship that lasts a lifetime). They could either be institutional or formal. Examples of these are employment groupings, work groupings and such. Reference groups are groupings ...
The solution provides a detailed analysis of social groups by example - it takes on a personal experience silumation - a look at the life of the author by exploring the varied social groups that the author has become a part of in the process of socialization. Written in APA format, references provided.