Wk 1 Wear facemask sanitizing & washing hands strategies against COVID 19 Discussion
I’m stuck on a Social Science question and need an explanation.
This week’s discussion is going to unfold in two parts and we can use the recent events. Namely, these are emblematic of your readings in multiple ways. Regardless of where you stand in your interpretation of whether something is legal, ethical, or moral, it’s important to consider why there is a disagreement over this meaning in the first place. From monuments to mandated masks, we see large amounts of variation.
These are a prime example of one way in which laws (free speech and freedom of assembly; local/state public health mandates; local, state, and federal law regarding ideas of public property and specific types of property) and norms (an expectation of how one is supposed to act) come into conflict. The notion that punishing someone who has broken a law is, generally speaking, accepted by the majority of people (the type or scale of punishment is usually what is contested, though we are also witnessing a growing discussion about police/prison abolition in a large way, something that I would not have expected even one year ago).
So, how do we make sense of society and culture when we so regularly see them as containing multitudes and conflicts?
For the first part, that you need to finish by Thursday 12pm (noon), please post a comment addressing the following point:
Emile Durkheim argues, “A social fact is every way of acting, fixed or not, capable of exercising on the individual an external constraint; or again, every way of acting which is general throughout a given society, while at the same time existing in its own right independent of its individual manifestations.” In this case, what he is noting is the importance of understanding how an individual fits within a broader, structured way of being and a consistent concern with norms.
For your initial post, let’s use California’s mandate for masks where distance is impossible to guarantee.
- Consider the people that you interact with. How do they make sense of masks: do they see them as good, bad, or neutral? Why?
- I’m wanting you to present the thoughts of people around you.
- Why is it important to understand the social nature of mask wearing?
For your response post, due by Sunday 11:59p, please respond to a peer’s post in the following manner.
- Find a peer that presented the views of others in a way that differs from people around you.
- Respectfully, I want you to present a counterpoint: what do you think those around them are missing in the idea of masks? The Eller text discusses the idea of knowledge, authority, and fact. So, how do you think the responses interpret knowledge/authority/fact in the world of mask wearing?