For our group presentation our group tried to split the work load as evenly as possible.
I did the organizational part of dividing the work up evenly. My part was on the beginning of chapter 1 (Issues in Social Justice), writing the conclusion, and making some trivia questions. I also helped with some revising and editing of everyone summaries for the power point.
Harman did the second half of chapter 1, she did our powerpoint (which including some extra revising and finding pictures etc.), she also did a lot with organization to make sure everybody was getting stuff done, and wrote our final question that would be on the final.
Andrew worked on the beginning of chapter 2 in Social Justice Issues in Local and Global Context. He also worked on the intro to our presentation and he made a great connection for how his our readings related to the Global Social Imagination concept.
Harjit did the second half of chapter 2, found some media and wrote our progress reports to show how our group was doing.
Overall, our group worked well together!
Here’s my written work from our presentation:
Chapter 1 pages 1-11
In chapter one of “Issues in Social Justice” by Tridico, Pellerito, and Armstrong they discuss the topics of religion and homosexuality and the effects these two topics have on each other.
- The beginning of chapter one discusses the relationships, similarities, and structure of the church and state to give a better idea of why the church is so reluctant about accepting homosexuality, and to shed some light on how they can discriminate against a group of people with little political or social backlash.
- The main goal of both is to gain power and legitimacy. Both institutions gain power and legitimacy in similar ways.
- “Issues in Social Justice” describes 6 ways the church uses to gain legitimacy, however, they are not limited to using only these strategies:
1) Its relationship to the predecessor
2) The number of adherents
3) The strength of its organizational structure
4) Tenure of movement
5) Strength of ideology and opposition to dissent
6) Its relationship to the state
- The book describes the relationship between church and state as “one born of consensus and not conflict”, which effects the attempted growth of acceptance to homosexuality because it is trying to challenge a much bigger opponent both in power and in numbers.
- The book then discusses how the organizational structure of church and state somewhat mimic one another.
- Both must be strict in enforcing laws/rules and ensure that their rules are being followed. For this to happen both must be seen as legitimate institutions and be able to use its power and influence to enforce their laws.
-legitimacy must “serve as a foundation for power and influence”. Both organizational structures are described “highly sophisticated” with “hierarchically structured roles”.
- Change is rarely a good thing in either institutions though they still allow dissent so long as it is monitored by the level of threat it poses.
-Dissent from an internal member of an organization has a better chance of gaining legitimacy then any external dissent because an outsider trying to gain legitimacy and a large following are put up against a much more powerful opposition (whichever institution they are trying to branch off of)and are seen as a threat to that institution .
- The church has lots of power and influence on society which is why the acceptance of homosexuality is met with such restraint. If the church was to fold and go against what they have taught as the word of God, they would lose much of their legitimacy and therefore much of their power.
Our presentation really highlighted the power of hegemony, which is the strong influence our nation’s leaders have on our society. We also highlighted the complex structures and processes that go into building strong influential organizations, like our governments and churches.
1) What is social justice?
-the distribution of advantages and disadvantages within a society
2) Why is the church so resistant to accepting homosexuality?
-because it is worried about losing legitimacy by breaking away from traditional rules.
3) What is one of the themes from our presentation?
-power, legitimacy, global social justice, social constructivism, etc.