Wes Moore Essay

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How is it that two boys with the exact same name grow up in the same area but lead two completely different futures? The Other Wes Moore is a story that answers that question. The author Wes Moore and the other Wes Moore both grow up in Baltimore surrounded by the same culture however one ends up with a bright future while the other will spend the rest of his life behind bars for robbery and murder. After the author Wes Moore learns of the other Wes Moore he spends a great deal of time visiting him and hearing his story. We then begin to learn how society and its people can have a major impact on our lives. This paper will discuss the novel, The Other Wes Moore, describe the sociological perspectives used in sociology and analyze excerpts from the book using each of the three major sociological perspectives. According to Henslin (2012), social location is described as the corners in life that people occupy because of where they are located in a society. In other words social location considers how jobs, income, education, gender, race-ethnicity, and age affect people’s ideas and behavior (Henslin, 2012). The author Wes Moore was a black male that lived in Baltimore as a young child but moved to The Bronx when he was a little older. He attended private school there before he was shipped off to Military school for his behavior. Their income was low. There was only one income from his mother, Joy, because his father died when he was young. The other Wes Moore also grew up in Baltimore and attended public school there. He too was a young black male. Money was a struggle in their family. His bother Tony sold drugs for money and Wes shortly followed in his footsteps. To better analyze this novel and the lives of the two Wes’ this paper will use the three sociological perspectives: conflict theory, functionalism theory also known as functional analysis, and symbolic

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