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Sociology - Chapter 12 - pages 299-304.docx

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Sociology Chapter 12: Sociologyof theBody -Disability, Aging, andDeath: Pages 299-304 Nip/Tuck  “Tell me what you don’t like about yourself?”  points to our insecurities not just about our body but ourselves; it implies our bodies are direct representations of ourselves.  “normal” standards of disabilities, aging and death differ in cultures  disabled people gained more acceptance, dignity and normality recently. Society andThe Human Body The Body and Social Status Height  Study findings: physical stature reflects social status; students correlated social status with height  higher status means taller  Genes o Majority of humans are approx. the same genetically o Social factors determine average height in populations o Height leads to social consequences  Family o Quality of person’s diet – protein consumption  better quality = taller o Eg. Japanese were taller in the end of the 20 century o Eg. North American-born children of immigrants are taller on average than their parents born elsewhere  Class position o Smaller gap, but upper class are on average taller than middle class who are on average taller than lower class o BUT Eg. Sweden - no difference because class inequality is less pronounced  Consequences of stature o Tall people live longer o Tall people earn more and reach the top of their profession more quickly o TomPerks – found additional cm. of height is associated with additional 222$ in annual income for men and additional 57$ for women. In Canada, height has a big effect on income whether one is an immigrant or a minority. o Short people less successful because they face subtle discrimination.  Mentaller thanwomen o We tend to believe men should be taller than
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