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A sociological perspective on humanity's view of respect.

Becky Ritchie

on 17 January 2013

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RESPECT Two Types of Respect Noun Verb -It is a choice. "I speak to everyone in the same way, whether he is the garbage man or the president of the university." ---------------- Definition:
An attitude indicating valuing of another person and treating the person accordingly.
(The Dictionary of Psychology) -The word originated around the 1300's. -It came from the Latin word "Respectus". Which means "to consider". -The usage of respect as a verb originated in the 1540's. -It was taken from the previously coined word "respect" and made into a verb. -It is something that you show to another person through your words and actions. --------------- Definition:
Esteem for or a sense of the worth or excellence of a person, a personal quality or ability, or something considered as a manifestation of a personal quality or ability.
(dictionary.reference.com) -It is the aftermath of someone's status or actions which cause it. -It is something that you feel towards, or have for someone else. -Albert Einstein The Importance of Respect -It defines who we are as human beings.
-It is a shared value all over the world, through out many different countries, cultures, and languages. However the form in which it is shown may be different. Canada Haiti -Look someone in the eyes when speaking.
-Holding the door open for the person behind you.
-Say thank you. -Carry a water bottle for your driver.
-Always ask before taking a picture.
-Say "mèsi". -It places a value on life.
-Our world would become chaos without it. Present Day Respect and Disrespect Shown in the Media -Studies have shown that in children's television shows such as, Suite Life on Deck, Wizards of Waverly Place, iCarly, and multiple others, that there is on average 19.5 disrespectful acts per 22 minute episode. The acts of respect have become less prominent. They don't seem as important. Disrespectful acts are the ones that draw attention because ones that are seemingly innocent are viewed as funny. The 1950's In this era television shows took an importance in showing respectful acts. Some even incorporated it into the message that they wanted the show as a whole to portray. An example of this is the show "Leave it to Beaver". What has Changed? -Respect has become "old fashion" in the media.
-It is seen as boring and does not intrigue the audience.
-The lack of respect is for the most part still viewed as being wrong, however there is no value placed on actually being respectful. How Does Society View Respect? Our society seems to have allowed respect to become all but invisible. It's like the air, we don't really seem to notice it until it's no longer there. But yet, it is intertwined into our daily lives. We see it at school, when the person in front of you holds the door open. It's shown when a child does not get upset when they can't have a chocolate bar. Respect for your parents and/or your future is shown when you make an effort to get a good grade on a test. Dressing modestly shows respect for both yourself and the people around you. These kind of thing happen everyday, and it has become expected so it's not commonly noticed. But what really makes humanity realize the value of respect is when you take it away. Examples of a Lack of Respect -Underage drinking : lack of respect for the law

-Serial Killers : lack of respect for the victim, the victim's family, and even a lack of respect for themselves

-Cell phones in class : lack of respect for the teacher

-Discrimination : lack of respect for the equality of all human beings

-Disobedience : lack of respect for a parent or someone of authority

-Interrupting : lack of respect for the person talking "Act in such a way that you always treat humanity, whether in your own person or in the person of any other, never simply as a means, but always at the same time as an end."
-Immanuel Kant German Philosopher
(1724-1804) Theories Theories Theories An interview with 10 different Riverview High teachers was taken in order to view their perspective on respect in the adolescent community. The teachers who participated were:
Mr. Flynn
Mme. Allain
Mr. Waugh
Mrs. Bartlett
Mr. Goguen
Mr. Dominie
Mrs. Bonnell
Mr. Chassé
Mme. Poitras
Mr. Beatty What is your definition of respect? "To allow for the diversity of others without being judgmental."
English Teacher 1

"Accepting differences and beliefs."
Math Teacher 1

"Treating each other fairly, being understanding and compassionate even if you do not agree."
Social Studies Teacher 1

"Responding in a manner that shows empathy for those concerned."
Psychology Teacher 1

"Treating others the way that you want to be treated."
Chemistry Teacher 1

"Treatment of a person or group that acknowledges feelings and standards."
English Teacher 2 Do you feel that the adolescents of today find respect to be something important? "I do, however I feel that they have much more to learn. The fear of disobedience is gone, causing it to be a slower learning process."
English Teacher 1

"They want it for themselves, but it is not their first thought in any situation concerning others. They feel that everyone is equal and it keeps getting worse."
English Teacher 2

"Yes, but I find that they also enjoy testing the boundaries."
Math Teacher 1

"Not all, but some. Yet those that do are fewer than in the past."
Math Teacher 2

"No, unfortunately not. It's because respect is not taught in today's culture."
Social Studies Teacher 1

"Yes, but it is different in how they award it."
Psychology Teacher 1

"It's a two-way street, if they get it, they give it."
Chemistry Teacher 1

"It depends, we tell them that they need to show respect, but we never take the time to actually tell them what it is. So it depends on whether they can figure it out for themselves."
Music Teacher 1 George Herbert Mead
(1863-1931) Theory: We are socialized through social interaction, by watching how others do it. Our sense of respect was developed by watching how our parents showed it. Then later on we saw the way it was shown by our peers. By watching how multiple different people and influences in our society show respect (or the lack thereof) we developed our perspective on how and when we should use it. B.F. Skinner
(1904-1990) Theory: One can change behavior by installing reinforcement after the desired response has occurred (operant conditioning). This is the basis for which we are taught how to respect. By getting positive reinforcement when we show it and negative reinforcement when we show disrespect, we are able to easily learn which we should do and that which we should not. Our only necessity is for someone to install this reinforcement. Carol Gilligan
(1936-present) Theory: We are socialized by internalizing society's morals. As we grow and learn what society expects, such as respect, we tend to try to please society by giving it what it wants. -------------------------------- Talcott Parsons
(1902-1979) Theory: Humans have a desire to fit into society Symbolic Interactionist Functionalist Closing Remarks Society has changed due to lack of positive/negative reinforcement.

Teacher's opinions on the reason for this missing reinforcement.

It's our duty to teach the generation behind us. Works Cited http://plato.stanford.edu/entries/respect/











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