The Ordering of Social Life

Create a thesis and an outline on Goffman and Foucault Approaches to the Ordering of Social Life. Prepare this assignment according to the guidelines found in the APA Style Guide. An abstract is required. We have certain cultural norms we are expected to adhere to in our relations with our fellow citizens.&nbsp.If we act in accordance with these norms we feel we have the right to expect similar responses from others. For example, if we treat others with courtesy, civility and consideration we anticipate a similar response. If we follow societal rules such as performing our particular job faithfully to the best of our ability in accordance with its’ requirements we expect to be compensated at least to the level we have been promised. This is the basis of social order, that is, the following of societal norms, values rules so that predictable favourable consequences can be anticipated. If we do not follow the prescribed norms and negative consequences ensue, this is considered deviant or antisocial behaviour and the antithesis of social order. While both Goffman and Foucault were interested in the preservation of social order they differed in how they felt this could be best achieved.Goffman theorized that social order is based on individual interactions resulting from socially proscribed rituals (Silva 2009 p.319) In other words we are socialized to behave to others in culturally determined ways depending on the particular kind of situation and the relation of the participants. Often religious values dictate cultural norms. For example, extreme conservative Muslims may be outraged by what they consider as depraved Western dress and behaviour and feel that their family honour justifies a father murdering his daughter who breached strict conservative moral codes. A social order based on individual interaction within rigid socially proscribed rules tends to prevail in more inhomogeneous religion-based cultures such as Muslim states. I would classify this as a form of symbolic interactionIn contrast, Foucault’s theory emphasizes a more structural-functional framework for explaining social order.&nbsp.

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