"Constructions of Reality" and Gender (Soc303-Diversity and Multiculturalism)

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The world and culture is founded on the social construction of reality. How people perceive society to be has an influence on how society actually is. Our views affect how we treat other people and our actions toward them influence their actions and how they treat us as well. Different situations that take place in our lives and ones’ social interactions are the basis on which we choose what type of dispositions we take, who we take them with, and the setting in which these interactions occur. One’s life experiences can lead to a person's "construction of reality" by living the realities of everyday life. Daily interactions and experiences can ultimately be the deciding factors in our ability to construct and maintain the definitions on how we perceive ourselves and others. These typifications are generally formed by society and supported by our daily communications with others. Societal role and status play a major part in how one’s life experiences can lead to a person's "construction of reality". Roles are the patterns of someone’s behavior that we identify within each other as a depiction of a person’s social status. Status defines advantages a person incurs in relation to their level and position in society. Several statuses are labeled as ascribed; meaning that they are ones you do not decide on- such as daughter or female. Others, statuses are labeled as achieved statuses. These are achieved by choice- such as a college graduate, business owner, or doctor. One person can be labeled with a variety of roles and statuses. Our roles in life have an impact on our choices and who we develop into. A person’s "sense of self" develops from their life experiences including roles, attributes, behaviors, and associations that we consider most important about ourselves. These sense-of-self perceptions can be supported by a combination of societal typifications- i.e.

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