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Sociological evaluation of prostitution.

As a sociologist how would I interpret the practice of prostitution? Contrast this view with the functionalist perspective. Would my comments differ if I took the feminist view? If so, how?

As a sociologist I view the practice of prostitution from the symbolic interactionism perspective. Hubert Blumer coined the term symbolic interactionism and there are three fundamental premises that make up this perspective.
? Humans act toward things on the basis of the meanings they ascribe to those things.
? The meaning of such things is derived from, or arises out of, the social interaction that one has with others and with the society.
? These meanings are handled in, and modified through, an interpretive process used by the person in dealing with the things he/she encounters.

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As a sociologist how would I interpret the practice of prostitution? Contrast this view with the functionalist perspective. Would my comments differ if I took the feminist view? If so, how?

As a sociologist I view the practice of prostitution from the symbolic interactionism perspective. Hubert Blumer coined the term symbolic interactionism and there are three fundamental premises that make up this perspective.

? Humans act toward things on the basis of the meanings they ascribe to those things.

? The meaning of such things is derived from, or arises out of, the social interaction that one has with others and with the society.

? These meanings are handled in, and modified through, an interpretive process used by the person in dealing with the things he/she encounters.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Symbolic_interactionism

Consider the fact that prostitution is never viewed for what it truly is or does. When a girl is growing up does she imagine herself being used by men for their sexual gratification? Does she see herself being abused physically, degraded sexually and ignored emotionally? Of course not! When a young woman is low on cash and struggling with the decision to use her body as collateral to finance her dreams does she envision herself contracting an STD or being beaten by clients? No, though this is the reality. She will not view prostitution for the destructive lifestyle that it is. She may focus on the ...

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This is a discussion about prostitution from a sociological point of view. Specificially, the functionalist and symbolic interactionist points of view are discussed. Over 850 words of original text as well as links to pertinent websites.

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