SOCS 350N Week 4 Discussion Question 1 & 2 → Spring 2017

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Board Meeting

S c e n a r i o: Conflict-Objectives: Scenario Summary According to the lecture: The dominant group places the blame for disadvantage on the disadvantaged, based on assumptions about group characteristics such as lack of motivation, cultural preferences, or other victim-blaming ideas. On the other side, resistance to change and a seeming refusal to open the doors of opportunity are interpreted as racist or sexist attempts to deny dominant group members their rights, strategies to oppress and exploit them, or simple hatred. While arguments for and against both sides can be made, none are very useful in addressing the real issue – inequality itself, and its costs to the society at large. You live in a middle class suburban area in the northeastern portion of the U.S. A building planning board has been approached to have a federally-funded homeless shelter in a suburban town. Advocates for the shelter presented architectural plans for a five-story building that would contain 200 hotel-style rooms. This shelter would provide privacy and dignity to those who were homeless. The advocates noted that most of the homeless population in the area is comprised of women and children. In addition, most of the homeless belong to a group called the working poor. They are working but do not earn enough income to afford housing. The board will be meeting today to decide the approval of the shelter.


Diverse Groups

If we look at the term diversity as diFerent groups, we can include groups such as Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Generation Y. What are some diFerences between the Baby Boomer group and the Generation Y group when it comes to the work force? What are some of the major diFerences between these groups, and how can any obstacles be overcome to create a successful organization?


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