SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Bega

For this week, you need to watch the video/photo montage compilation and post a comment or tweet. Let’s see what you’ve learned, and what you think others have learned and expressed, about how emotions and bodies are experienced, constructed, and managed in society.

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13 Comments on SOC344 2018 Tut11 – Bega

annie said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Alex, this is a good reflection on the videos, with a nice level of personal commentary on the content of each. Would have been good for you to link these comments and observations to the readings and course material more explicitly.

annie said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Alicia, this is quite a good reflection on the readings and subject material, but you need to link this more closely and specifically to the films, which you really only mention very generally.

annie said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Carina, this is quite an interesting post which demonstrates a reasonable grasp of some of the material from the subject. You probably need to offer a more specific reflection and critique of the films themselves, as these are really only mentioned in passing. Link your critical evaluation of the films to the readings and your understanding of the subject material.

annie said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Cath this is a lovely blog post which provides a good mix of reflection, analysis, and engagement with the subject material to evaluate the films.

annie said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Moira, while you do make some interesting observations and reflections you do tend a little towards summary rather than critical evaluation and/or reflection. Also please be aware that there is a difference between reflection and reflexivity. You seem to use them interchangeably at times.

Ryan Lonesborough said : Guest Report 2 months ago

My blog will focus on topic 7: Deviance, Stigma and Sneaky Thrills. The video I have chosen to discuss is the Cliantha interview about race as a visible stigma. The interviewer asked Cliantha about her experience of being asked where she was from by a taxi driver because of her skin colour. Cliantha spoke about the implications of being asked “Where are you from?” She argues that it creates an othering effect for people who feel singled out by their skin colour. Cliantha also refers to “racial microaggressions” which is invisible stigma. The example given in the picture during the video shows a variety of different questions and comments to highlight invisible racism in some conversations. A few examples are; “What do you think your people think about that?” and “You’re really pretty for someone so dark”. The interview captures the themes of visible stigma and invisible stigma but fails to discuss the role emotions play. I would have been more interested in the interviewer’s view of being a light skinned Indigenous person and whether or not the stigma around being Indigenous would affect the way she represents her Aboriginality in public. For example, maybe the negative stereotypes around Indigenous people would make her feel emotions such as shame and disgust which results in her hiding her Aboriginality in public. Alternatively, if she felt more pride in her Indigenous identity maybe she would be more visually representatively of her Indigenous background in public. Being a dark skinned Indigenous person, this would have been interesting for me to find out how a lighter skinned Indigenous person felt about the stigma associated with Indigenous people. As well as how they choose to respond to those stigmas in their own life.

Carina Severs said : Guest Report 2 months ago

The first film compilation highlighted the many facets of logic and emotion and which comes first, emotion or rational thought. It described emotions as being instinctive and impulsive, almost animalistic, merging with rational thought to inspire action. Emotions being influenced by our values and personal circumstance, and something which regulate our actions. However they did not address how embodiment and emotion have been transformed with the rise of modernity. Taking into account materialist views, from modernity, which recognised a physical influence on the mind and body, and of the two being clearly split, through to more modern times (late-modernity), where a positivist view, recognises emotions as being key to survival of the human race and are interconnected and cannot function without the other. Thus they failed to address if the two (emotion & rationality) are opposed, interconnected or on a continuous spectrum. Film 2, for me, missed the curious processes of disciplining by way of punishment, sanction and control and how they affect how our emotions are played out. The socialising or civilising processes which have taken place to develop our “emotional vocabularies” and standards for “bodily behaviour” are crucial to understanding how our emotions and bodies have been developed. As Norbert Elias (cited in Patulny, 2018, p. 15) emphasises “the increased division of social functions, increased competition over status, and changing norms for class, sex and age” have contributed to making the “civilised body”. Society has impacted almost dictated, how we display our emotions. This leads me to consider how the deviant and disembodied subject was addressed encouraging me to reflect on what Max Weber talks about with the “The Iron Cage of Modernity” where “people are alienated by expanding bureaucracy and rules and constraints on action – specialization, routines, over-regulation, crushes human spirit”. This alienation causes people who are ‘tired’ of trying to live up to societies expectations, ‘anxious’ because they are unsure if they are going to meet the brief or ‘stressed’ because they are not measuring up to, at times, turn to deviant actions to have what others have, or just to say “up yours society”! Knowing its wrong but getting some sort of enjoyment or excitement from bucking the system, is another way of saying societies expectations are just too much to take.

catherine clarke said : Guest Report 2 months ago

My main observation of the weekly film compilations is the themes of diversity they convey. The variety of films is representative of the myriad of ways that the relationship between emotions, bodies and society may be interpreted, and also showed the many different ways that students approached this part of the assessment. It is clear from the films that as a group we reacted to the task in a way which reflects how that particular week’s topic made us feel, with the array of responses each week accentuating the ongoing theme of reflexivity throughout the subject. For instance, the theme of ‘Deviant and disembodied: fearful thrills’ provided an opportunity to have fun with certain aspects which are not seen as a personal experience for most of us students, and had an overall pretty fun vibe, encouraging creativity which shone through some of the films in that week’s compilation. The donut stealing video was a great example of this and I know that Carly and I had a lot of fun developing the concept and filming our ‘under pressure’ shoplifting video. I suppose in a sense, it is not a topic that is so close to the heart as some other weeks, which had topics warranting a more serious and personal approach. ‘Love and intimacy in late modernity’ is a subject matter that most of us can relate to on a very personal level, which I believe was captured in the nature of that week’s compilation. The themes of this topic allowed people to really open up and speak with honest reflection about a somewhat personal, serious topic. Liane’s interview, the final piece of the love and intimacy compilation, was amazing as it celebrated diversity and provided incredible insight into her interview subject’s ‘love and intimacy in late modernity’ experience. There were parts of the compilations that failed to capture the themes of the topics, due in part to the limited time students were able to spend on their films. All of the topics in this subject could be explored on a deeper level, but due to time constraints, it was not possible to develop ideas and concepts, thereby, some of the films fail to explore important and interesting aspects of the topic.

Alex Young said : Guest Report 2 months ago

For my blog I focused on the video compilation of topic 9 Modern Angst Loneliness and Medicalisation. I thought the introduction video by Fatimawoods, Hatzantomis and March provided a great introduction to the topic. They broadly covered loneliness, medicalisation, anxiety, stress and depression. They provided important statistics that helped me to understand the importance of studying this topic including that 45% of all Australians will experience a mental health problem during their lifetime. Although this was a good introduction to the topic it didn’t really go deep into the social causes and implications of modern angst, loneliness and medicalisation. Another interview in this topic talked about loneliness, and the response is essentially that loneliness, can be a problem, but is not necessarily so if the person does not mind being alone. I do not agree with this statement. I think the respondent is actually referring to social isolation, where someone lacks companionship or sufficient social relationships, and someone can be to some degree socially isolated and not suffer any of the negative health impacts that loneliness can have, if the isolation is largely by choice. Loneliness on the other hand is when someone is socially isolated, and they feel like they do not want to be, and that they have no choice in the matter. I really liked the role-playing skit between the ‘doctor’ and the ‘patient’ where the patient rattles off a large number of different feelings and symptoms of mental health conditions, and the doctor throws different medication at the patient to treat her symptoms without actually trying to investigate the underlying problems or conditions. I think this shows great insight into one perspective of medicalisation, that drugs are over prescribed to treat conditions that are neither medical or biological in nature. Although many of the videos in this compilation provided great insight into what loneliness, medicalisation and angst was, they often did not look closely enough into the deeper social causes and implications of this.

Moira Malseed said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Soc344 Tut 11 The Happiness and Reflexivity group focussed on three different age groups asking of what makes them feel happy, the first film did not focus on reflexivity and the depth of how interactions with others effect the person’s life satisfaction. As reflexivity is a person’s place in the world and a sense of self, as Holmes (2010, p. 143) suggests that reflexivity is a process that is emotional, cognitive and embodied, individuals try to understand and change their lives regarding others, social and natural environment’s, the first film also did not reveal how they have been reflective within their lives. The second film an interview with a male, spoke about the well-being shaped by gender with social advantages for males having an easier path in life as the interviewee spoke of higher pay and more equality for men. Interviewer reminded interviewee that the statistics for suicide in higher in males could have been more focus on the emotionalization of the questions. Third film was an interview with an older male, he spoke of high life satisfaction from having a career he thought gave back to the community like nursing which is reflexive and linked with emotion. That financial stability made him feel secure for less worry about money. Holmes reflects on Burkitt (2010, p.146 ) relationships bring out emotions and they are felt and done with things (like animals and nature in film) feelings and thoughts that come up in the moment in reflection of those around you, this compilation seems to miss some of these reflections. Modern Angst, Loneliness and Medicalization group gave a good overall explanation of how in late modernity there is more loneliness which has been linked to mental health and anxiety the changes in society. That a common sense in today’s world is high levels of stress and feelings of anxiousness. The description of how the modernization of cities driven by capitalism and a casual workforce creating a void of connection; but full of opportunities for economic growth rather than of workplace relationships. The Medicalization part of film focussed on how today we are more likely to be handed out medication for treatments when it is our busy lifestyle causing the stress, the doctor patient scenario was a good example of this. The discussion with the two males showed how discussing how a person feels about these stresses in their life can unfold feelings which is a healthier example of treatment rather than just taking pills. The second film did show the theme of ways through social connection and better choices can be made rather than falling for medicalization. This topic covered the themes quite well they could have looked into Giddens (Patulny 2018) shift from tradition and relationships suffering from globalisation and a loss of trust and confidence in institutions.

Nicole Mastroianni said : Guest Report 2 months ago

The establishment of a set of moral standards that govern behaviour in a particular setting of for a particular group can be defined as ethics (Habibis 2013.) The main concept of research ethics is to reduce risks and enhance safety of respondents while managing research to advocate for a variety of social and moral values. It is important to consider human rights as the lack of ethics can potentially detriment respondents. We can use the Stanford Prison Experiment as an example of a harmful intervention (Patulny,2018) Organised by Philip Zimbardo in 1971. Volunteers were given roles as prisoners and guards in a fake prison. Guards because physically aggressive, erratic and dehumanising of prisoners. The experiment was ceased after six days. The study uncovered the important aspects of ethics in relation to the dehumanising effects of the study. The was an obvious misunderstanding between the roles of the participants and the researcher as a result of little warning and training. It is imperative to ensure that participants do not feel encouraged or manipulated into research. We can do this by advertising in ways where subjects do not feel forced to ensure participation is voluntary. It is critical not to display any form of bias in research toward a certain topic. The researcher will have their own views on a certain topic but must not make this obvious to the respondent as they will feel as if they have to answer with what the respondent wants to hear, or feel uncomfortable sharing their own views leading to invalid responses as they may not be true. Research ethics encourage respect and collaboration resulting in appropriate and accurate answers from participants to further enhance studies. REFERENCES Habibis. D, 2013, Social research methods, Ethics and social research, Oxford, Victoria, P.73-90 Patulny. R, 2018, PowerPoint slides, Lecture 12: Research Ethics, SOC234, University of Wollongong, Viewed 17/05/18. YouTube, 2013, Stanford prison experiment, Online video, 29 October Jo Taylor, Viewed 20/05/18 #S234UOW18 #MON430

Liane Munro said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Tutorial eight discussed deviance, stigma and sneaky thrills (Patulny 2018). In the film compilation for week eight I chose the second film by Kizoa, and the last film, which I'll call Under Pressure to compare and contrast (Patulny 2018a). Kizoa focused on three acts - stealing a chocolate bar, a backpack and punching a friend, and concluded with three statements that moralised about the criminal aspects of deviance. Under Pressure focused on a single deviant act - the stealing of an object in a fashion store, depicting the embodied performance, the contemplation of consequences, and the thrill of the anti-social act (Patulny 2018a). Kizoa failed to capture key aspects of the Katz reading and the lecture. Kizoa was unsuccessful in linking deviant behaviour with the drivers that Katz (1988, pp. 57- 65) argues are central to deviance, including adventure and thrill and their opposing emotions of humiliation, and shame. Kizoa focused on the seduction of crime rather than the seduction of the thrill in and of itself. Conversely, Under Pressure depicts and captures these opposing factors clearly, inserting breaks into the filming to emphasise these reference points. Kizoa also failed to represent fully how sneaky thrills are embodied. It explores some aspects of how bodies perform deviant acts however, as Katz (1988, p. 57) emphasises, the embodied performance is a core component. Physical behaviour is planned and modified (to appear 'normal') in order to accomplish the act. In contrast, the actor in Under Pressure accentuated the physical aspects of the deviant act to bring attention to their significance. The drama of the event and the skill of fooling the shop attendant, core elements of deviance, where depicted clearly in the comportment in Under Pressure (Patulny 2018). Deviant act, performance, emotion, and society converge to create a juxtaposed internal and external experience of public and private identity. Being able to get away with the act creates an external sense of power and security that can hide an internal dilemma of self (Patulny 2018). #S344UOW18 #Tut11#Bega

Alicia Redshaw said : Guest Report 2 months ago

Throughout this course we have explored the complexity of different emotions and how they are constructed, managed, expressed and experienced in differing social context, both public and privately. A common theme illustrated throughout this topic and within the film compilations overall is how emotions are socially constructed but individually experienced. The film compilation on love and intimacy in late modernity conveys many of the themes and concepts discussed within this topic. Within this topic we explored gendered emotions associated with love and intimacy and how the experience and structures of love have changed over time. The film compilation illustrates how there is an increased emancipation of sexual freedom within late modernity as well as a “greater tolerance of diversity in sexual practices” (Jamieson 2013, p.483). Additionally, it conveys the shift in discourses surrounding sex and sexuality and an acknowledgement of gender equality in late modernity (Jamieson 1999, p.483) The compilation captures how love and sex has also undergone significant transformation whereby the constraints of courtship have undoubtedly eroded and although marriage remains a significant commitment, it no longer remains one in which is lifelong. It also highlights the increasing power of women within late modernity, the change in moral obligations, taboos and traditional roles between men and women. In addition, it illustrates to the audience that sex for women, within modern society, can be motivated for the purpose of pleasure, not necessarily the horizon of childbearing as argued by Illouz (2012, p.75). However, the compilation does not convey the fragility or inequalities of relationships, as a result of this enhanced sexual and romantic freedom, as argued through Illouz concept of ‘commitment phobia’ and Giddens ‘pure relationship’ (Jamieson 1999, p.487) (Illouz 2012, p.61) Rather, this film compilation depicts men showing a willingness and desire to commit to their relationships. The film compilation on Deviance, Stigma and Sneaky thrills illustrates many of the driving emotions behind committing deviant acts and the thrill individually attained from such acts, in what Katz described as ‘seductions of crime’. Within the film compilation the criminal act of stealing is commonly depicted and the realisation that the thrill would be so easy is illustrated. The drama and excitement of surface acting and managing their emotions is also encapsulated in order to successfully perpetrate the deviant act (Patulny 2018). Thus, the films essentially capture, what Katz describes as an ‘existential dilemma’, the dilemma of relating their internal feeling to their external identity. The films also captured the euphoric thrill which the individuals attained for successfully completing the deviant act and the avoidance of emotions such shame and guilt they would have felt if caught. Essentially, these films have conveyed many of the different emotions felt within a social context including fear, anxiety and shame when carrying out deviant acts.

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