Social Analysis Essay

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Social Analysis

Social Analysis Assignment

Social analysis means taking the time, habit, to question what is happening in the world
around us. It means asking questions about society and looking for answers about what's
going on and who it affects. Social analysis not only helps us develop a critical
awareness of the world, but also to lead us toward social justice. When analyzing these
questions it often brings out other links, or connections between different social issues,
and this helps us dig beneath the surface, and find out what is really going on in
society.

For example, when discussing coffee, one might want to find out were it comes from, how
are the workers treated, what process it goes through to get to you. You also might want
to ask yourself about the health hazards of caffeine, sugar, or whitener etc. Social
analysis tries to make clear how basic needs of life are being transformed into
commodities. It helps show us where the market is violating people's fundamental rights,
like clean air, clean water, and proper health care.


Social analysis also helps us become critical, which means becoming conscious, aware, and
questioning. It helps us develop an attitude to want to get to the bottom of things. As
well it may also lead to unsuspected connections between issues. Social analysis also
leads to actions on behalf of justice, and opens up the need for political analysis, which
is in turn a basic task of developing the organizations of civic society and finding
workable solutions.


Commodification or reification, is the tendency to reduce a person, relationship or
turning something into an object of economic value, a commodity to be sold in the
marketplace. For example, the basic need of decent, affordable housing has been
commodified into a consumer item, which is only available to those who can afford it.


Social costs, are costs caused mainly by industries, businesses, and large corporations,
such as air and water pollution, as well as soil contamination, that often go unrecognized
and end up being paid by the community at large. What social analysis does, is help us
analyze these conditions that usually go unrecognized and help us make sure that the ones
making the profit out of the situation, also takes care of repairing the damage they
cause.


Social structures, are not visible to the naked eye, but are just as real as the structure
of any building. We can identify social structure by considering the complex relationships
involving:

-patient, health worker, doctor, hospital;
-consumer (tenant or buyer), landlord, developer;
-citizen, industry, regulator, newspaper.
Social analysis takes straightforward and common relationships and considers them not as
separated, isolated units but as a whole, as parts of a structure. It unveils the more
general structures that define or confine these common relationships, that define the
meaning and set the limits of our daily activities. In some cases these structures can be
helpful or harmful in their effects on people.


Popular beliefs and patterns of thought also influence the shape of society. If popular
belief of issues were always right, then there would be no need for social analysis.
Unfortunately this is not the case, in fact most beliefs tend to be based on scattered
bits of information or even misinformation. This is why social analysis is critical. It
questions whether official truth is always true. The results may well stand in sharp
contrast to popular beliefs.


Just about every social issue has a long history, and has been studied many times before.
When doing a historical analysis, the object is to view the past not as the good old days,
but critically, with an eye for the effect on the present. Most social issues have a
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