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has anyone had this unit i have no idea how to start this essay i could do with some help

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don't study sociology sorry but just wanted to comment cos this title seems v interesting and just wanna see responses
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You are required to produce an essay which answers the following question: "Can there be a sociology of love?"

The content of your essay must refer to the Gabb and Fink study which is outlined in the article provided.

You must ensure that your essay includes the following in relation to the essay question:
• An evaluation of contrasting sociological perspectives and critically assess particular perspectives
• An analysis of a specific social institution using relevant sociological concepts and perspectives

The 'social institution' has already been chosen for you - love and relationships. It is imperative that you remain focused on this if you are to answer the set essay question within the given word limit.
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(Original post by gembutch)
You are required to produce an essay which answers the following question: "Can there be a sociology of love?"

The content of your essay must refer to the Gabb and Fink study which is outlined in the article provided.

You must ensure that your essay includes the following in relation to the essay question:
• An evaluation of contrasting sociological perspectives and critically assess particular perspectives
• An analysis of a specific social institution using relevant sociological concepts and perspectives

The 'social institution' has already been chosen for you - love and relationships. It is imperative that you remain focused on this if you are to answer the set essay question within the given word limit.
Hi Gemma,
Just wondering if you have had any luck with this? I have EXACTLY the same essay question I have been stuck on it for weeks now and it just isn't making any sense!x
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this sounds fun tbh. what exam board are u doing if u have one?

idk if this is right because i haven't done love as a topic but you could write about feminism and how they view relationships as patriarchal? e.g. marriage oppresses women, ansley's 'takers of s**t' view, domestic violence.. etc.

maybe marxism aswell? i'm not sure. i hate writing about marxism but i guess you could talk about how relationships affect working class women as they're forced into being a source of free labour, and produce the next gen of labourers, ultimately benefiting capitalism? although i think that's a difficult one to link back to your question.

then you could write about postmodernism maybe, and how they don't see relationships as 'fixed'; we're free to pick and choose our relationships and make our own definition for 'love'?

idk if that helps at all lmao. that is a vague question tbf.

https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf...68795X17700645
this might help? maybe? no clue
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Mines distance learning through Stonebridge college and distance learning is difficult especially now I’ve hit sociology! I see because am I right in thinking that feminism is a perspective? I’m struggling to understand sociology as a whole if I’m honest I’ve got 6 timed exam questions if I can ever get past this essay which will be fun!Thanks for your reply
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Hand one hundred people a pen and paper and ask them to define ‘love’; the range of answers will be too extensive to imagine. However, within all of these answers, similarities will be present. Factors such as social class, gender/sex, ethnicity, and age all affect how an individual sees love and behaves in a relationship. Gabb and Fink (2015) identify that ‘relationships comprise pragmatics and emotions, choices and lack of choice, contentment and disenchantment – and all the spectrum of feelings and experiences in-between.’ According to Gabb and Fink (2015) everyday moments and ordinary gestures create the feel and determine the success of a long-term relationship. Fundamentally, relationships and love aren’t what people have created independently but a sociology which is perceived, and subsequently passed down from traditions and past generations. Like all other institutions, sociology changes with time in accordance with the developing views of society. Numerous cultural and socio-economic factors influence long term relationships and are underpinned by sociological perspectives. Structural functionalism heavily focuses on modern society being 4 fold; sexual, reproductive, economic and educational. While a woman offers an affectionate role to the husband, he earns the money to keep the family. In the study of Gabb and Fink (2015) this gendered norm is portrayed through Sumaira’s diary extract. She sees herself as the homemaker; her partner works while she prepares and has dinner on the table for him on his return from work. This can be a difficult view to hold for many since relationships are becoming more equal, and the sole breadwinner of a house is no longer the male in a relationship. Kutsch (2016) has gone as far to identify those men acting as the breadwinners do face negative health effects. Marxism theory focuses on the domination of women by men and does reiterate some aspects of structural functionalism. With the world becoming more industrialized, women are reaching higher classes of work and no longer need to be married to manage their basic survival needs. This theory does ignore the role and position of women in society but women in modern day are more prepared to terminate relationships and love connections if they are no longer working. The feminist approach, in particular radical feminism is directly related to this and recognizes the reliance upon men to procreate. Many people enter into relationships with the same sex where procreation occurs via artificial means or adoption. It is a mark of how society has changed that these relationships can still flourish and women no longer need to rely on men. Symbolic interactionism seeks to study specific sites of interaction and concerns ‘any form of social encounter, in formal or informal situations between two or more individuals’ (Giddens and Sutton, 2014, pp. 144). This perspective represents the meaning attached to symbols and how this helps communication and the ability to view the world. Relationships can be broken when feelings change and Gabb and Fink (2015) identify a relationships success as being dependent on intimate couple knowledge, not materialistic symbols or external validation. The study also identifies that for women, a simple thank you or compliment from their significant other is what makes them feel appreciated. This symbolic interactionism is very different for millennial's (aged 20-35), and more so in western culture, social media is used to symbolize meaning to individuals relationships. Social media allows the world to know the precious investments couples make with one another and what once was symbolic about love has become idealized as a fairy-tale, or dependent upon a social dominance. Gabb and Fink (2015) identify Sumaira’s diary extract as partially framed for the readers and the use of the word perfect is as much for our benefit, as it is hers. The tale recounted by Sumaira is said to be ‘”a childlike quality that draws on the trope of fairy tales.” Hayley’s diary entry (Gabb and Fink, 2015) highlights how she feels selfish over wanting an extra hour to sleep rather than be intimate with her partner. Putting your partner’s needs before your own doesn’t have to happen constantly and to think it does, is a distorted reality that long-term relationships are ownership's, not partnerships. This links to interpretative sociology and the social construction of reality. The norm perceived with respect to intimacy is that men are generally more sexually active than women. Without knowing intimate details about every relationship, it becomes hard to separate the stereotype associated with this. Hayley suffers a real internal struggle to please her partner but also be able to rest enough to manage her working life too.

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what grade did u get for this
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what grade did u get for this
distinction this wasn't the final draft but you get the idea
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erm im not sure try reading the book
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