In what ways do these problems affect Americans’ quality of life? What are some of the important steps to be taken in order to deal with the problems of government and politics? (second part)
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The primary area of focus is going to be on the concept of "social structural factors." The exact interpretation of this idea is going to be debated. I would say that economic possession can constitute as onesuch factor that impacts government and politics, creating challenges within such domains. For example, how government creates legislation that addresses the needs of people who eceonomically "well off" and those who are not is a challenge. The recent discussion over health care legislation might be one such domain where there was a significant challenge in ensuring that the needs were met of those who are wealthy, those who are not, and those who live in between these polarities. Socio- economic conditions such as class impacts Americans' way of life because it helps determine much in way of material reality. At the same time, government will always face a challenge in addressing such a condition because the creation of a class system is a byproduct of a capitalist configuration, difficult to avoid, impossible to erase. Government will always have to navigate through this challenging element.
I agree with the above post. This tension also makes its way into education. Programs such as "Race to the Top" assume that all schools are starting from the same point. It's not really a race if one school starts closer to the "top" than another, is it? Public schools are groupings of students from a particular community, so some of the problems that occur in schools are byproducts of the communities in which they are housed. In my opinion, the government does little to address this problem when considering educational reform.
In American society, women are viewed as the primary caretakers of children and keepers of the home, even though most women hold down full-time paid employment outside of the home. This societal expectation is a brutal force that works against young career women, causing them to question themselves when they find it nearly impossible to balance all of the demands.
It is amazing to me that in the 21st century that it still falls to working women to change their lives completely upon the birth of their first child, while their husbands' lives change very little.
We can not avoid the fact that we are very much a nation of the "haves" and the "have-nots". It seems that in the past these two categories could even be broken into subgroups. However in our current economy I feel that we are progressing towards just those two descriptors.
There are a plethora of social structural factors that contribute to the problems of government and politics. Some of these factors are age, race, and class. Age is a huge divider, as younger generations are inherently more progressive. Race plays a role because there is still a lot of inequality in politics, and specific needs have to be met for particular races still. Lastly, class is a huge factor, because those with money and power see more of their agendas incorporated into government and politics. These factors and problems affect Americans’ quality of life by delaying progress for the minority groups that lack fair representation. Some of the important steps to be taken in order to deal with the problems of government and politics are to make sure representation is fair and being heard. Moreover equal opportunity and funding for projects in less advanced regions is necessary. In order for these steps to come to fruition, people with an open mind set must be put into office and/or continue to be active in the political arena.
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