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Social Analysis for Social Change

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Edelyn Buhain

on 23 January 2015

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Transcript of Social Analysis for Social Change

Social analysis
Social analysis is a practice that helps us reflect on our perception on the society
It can be looked as a way to be mindful
It is linked to social change
It promotes us to be aware of our thoughts and actions
It is to think about our thinking but not change current perspectives

Important Concepts for Analyzing Social Problems
The boundaries in which a topic is understood and talked about
A systemic set of beliefs, perceptions, assumptions that provide members of a group understanding and explanation of their world
Dominance that is achieved through direct authoritarian rule, but through a process of building consent through social practices where people in higher positions present their interests as general interests of society as a whole

3 Approaches to Framing Social Problems

1. Individual Problems
2. Collective Problems

Caused by a failure of public institutions
3. Systemic Problems
Linked to historical, political, social and economic systems in which they operate

Youth Unemployment
"If you try hard enough you can find a job"
Developing Critical Methods of Analysis
Social Analysis requires the examination of how social problems are characterized as personal or social, this can be achieved by identifying various perspectives and examining assumptions associated with these points of view

social analysis for social change
chapter critique

Edelyn Buhain, John Galban, Kimberley Lynch & Amanda Patterson
More statistics that pertain to audience & are current
What are some challenges to unemployment faced by the individual?
So what exactly is the root cause?
1. Individual's fault
2. Public institutions (mainly educational systems)
3. Structural and systemic factors historically

• Used in everyday thinking
• Part of our values framework
• Used to make sense of how we see the world

How Ideologies
1. Turn to page 47
2. Look at the chart and see what causes apply to you
3. Which column applies to you most?

Take a Look
What is it & Why
“A starting point of social analysis requires that we distance ourselves from what we know about society”

What's wrong?

Due to one’s misfortune
The solution is within the individual

Social Problem
individual Problem

Affects a wide spread of people
The cause is systemic such as, they arise from policies and practices of the society
The solution lies with the government, public sectors and corporations

• How do issues come to be seen as social or individual?
• What are different ways of framing an issue?
The article wants people to not be biased and to see things from a broader perspective. This is true, however, the article is asking something that cannot be truly done. To take way bias is to take away someone's identity/individualism. This cannot be done because everyone is free to think for themselves
Our Perspective
The prejudgment of others in the absence of information about them as individuals
Beliefs held by individuals about the presumed physical and psychological characteristics of members of a social category
The advantages that are awarded to those with social identities that have benefits which minoritized social identities do not
The ability to construct representation of ideas or groups through the organization of meaning

• The author reflects that unemployment in present day is again being looked at as an individual problem, however we believe the dominant view of the author is contradictory. We believe unemployment is looked at by most, including those in government as a systemic problem
• Social assistance (welfare, unemployment insurance, disability insurance) and other grants distributed by the government assists those unable to work due to injury, mental health disorders and those unable to attain work
• We would then argue that unemployment in present day society can also be characterized as a collective problem- caused by a failure of public institutions including unions, governments and the elite (wealthy)
"Youth are working in jobs that underutilize their skill levels & are forced to settle for part-time, temporary, low-wage jobs" (Goar, 2014 in Singh, 2014, p.42)
How Ideologies
Let's talk
1. They always say that it takes just one person to make a change. Do you truly believe this?
i.e. Free the Children & We Day

2. How are social issues today different from those of the past?
i.e. Poverty & Unemployment

3. Do you think that we conceal our awareness of social injustice because they do not directly affect us?
i.e. Homelessness in Toronto
(Singh, 2014, p.32)
HELP International. (2012). HELP International: Creating social change [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XibPihcFMOTo.
Lambert, T. (2012). A brief history of unemployment. Retrieved from http://www.localhistories.org/unemployment.html.
Marenko, J. (2009). Employment insurance in Canada: History, structure and issues. Retrieved from http://mapleleafweb.com/features/employment-insurance-canada-history-structure-and-issues.
Singh, C. (2014). Social analysis for social change. In Global Citizenship: From social analysis to social action (pp. 28-49). United States: Nelson.
Trading Economics. (2015). Canada unemployment rate. Retrieved from http://www.tradingeconomics.com/canada/unemployment-rate.
Trading Economics. (2015). Canada youth unemployment rate. Retrieved from http://www.tradingeconomics.com/canada/youth-unemployment-rate.
UPEI. (2009). If I could change the world.. [Video file]. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wiuRURJ9E3iQ.
(Singh, 2014)
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