The paper "Child Development and Progress vis-à -vis Socioeconomic Status" is a brilliant example of a case study on sociology. The scenario presents the following predicaments: Mum is worried about her son's future and thinks his job is eating into his university study work, one reason why he failed his university assignment. The son doesn't admit it to her, even as he seems to realize that it could be a reason for failure, but the mum has got a valid reason to think so. Due to his work commitment the son took only four hours on the assignment, whereas it required a lot more time to pass. The son is caught between the work-study dilemmas; both are important but he is able to give full time only to one: that is his job as the boss is unwelcoming. The son is bound by the compulsion to raise money for himself as he finds it quite disillusioning to seek monetary support from his dad as he was laid off around four years ago and it was unlikely he would be offered another job at this age. If the son takes any liberties with his job, he is scared of being 'punished' by not offering a good number of shifts enough to meet his expenses. Mum's work too is in a quandary as the self-service checkouts offered at Woolies, where she works, have minimized outlet's dependence on manual labor. Right next week the son's expenses will increase because of the car rego, tire replacement and insurance due for renewal. The son can't give up the car and rely on public transport to university as that is not predictable. Dad seems to add to the negative side of the scenario when he repeatedly talks of good old times and bad present times. In other words, it is three people of the same family bound to each other by family bonding but separated by a generation gap and turn of times, and struggling to keep their lives going on in hard times. Inference This scenario presents work-study-family conflict and synergy among two generations involving three people. Discussion In order to understand these predicaments further, it is important to understand the concept of generations first.
In this case, two generations are pinned to different sets of life experiences and different sets of compulsions too.
Mannheim (1952) was first to introduce the concept of generations and how their life experiences have had a lasting and deep impact on them. He is also being credited for explaining interactions between individuals of different generations and the impact of historical events or circumstances that change the attitude of life of each. Since the son belongs to a different generation, which is contemporary, his vision of the world is not as "natural" as his parents. This is why he tends to interpret his expectations and experiences from living in a manner that is different from that of his mother.
Both mother and father on one hand and son on the other are qualitatively fixed in differing subjective areas. All the members have been shaped by different developmental events, but mother's concern stems from a universal bond of motherhood and all are caught in a quagmire that is not predictive, and complexity of life that is affecting them almost in a similar fashion.
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