Money and Value: Georg Simmel
Money is one tangible item that makes our world go round. Money is a social tool that can do many things such as bring certain groups of people together, and it can also break other groups apart. Money is something that can become the value of anything, and the value of it depends upon various factors.
Social Geometry- Dyad & Triad: Georg Simmel
In the two pictures posted above, I have shown the concept of social geometry. On the top picture is a dyad, or a group of two people, and on the bottom picture is a triad, or a group of three people. As you can see from the pictures above, changing the group size from a dyad to a triad causes some change in dynamics within the group. In a dyad, two individuals are able to fully focus on one another and give their complete attention to each other; however, the dynamics change within a triad. According to Max Weber, movement of groups from dyads to triads are necessary to the development of certain social groups.
Fashion (Georg Simmel)
In the picture above are two different pictures of one of the many current fashion trends, a kimono. I took these pictures in the dressing room at Urban Outfitters and decided to buy them both. Not only did I buy the kimonos because I had a great interest in them, but I also bought them because they conform to the current fashion trends. Furthermore, when an individual conforms to fashion trends, he is also conforming to the group, and when an individual chooses to deviate from it, he goes against the specific group.
Conspicuous consumption: Veblen
Conspicuous consumption can be summarized as a waste of money by an individual. When individuals involve themselves within the process of conspicuous consumption, the individual is purchasing things and spending money on something that can be seen as a waste to most other people, just to be able to show off the items or items to others.
Totemism: Emile Durkheim
Totemism can be defined as a religious system in which certain things, especially plants and animals, are sees as being sacred. The picture I have here represents totemism in such a way that the UCLA, a highly regarded team, Bruin’s mascot is a bear. Many people are such big fans of this team that they treat it and everything involved with it like a sacred religion.
Urban sociology: Metropolis
Intermarriage (Du Bois)
In this picture are my grandparents, better known as granna and papa, whose union to one another disproves Du Bois’ concept of intermarriage. According to Du Bois, a black man will typically marry a woman of his own race; however, my grandfather is half Black and half Puerto Rican, and my grandmother is white. The citizens of our society should feel free to marry who they please, regardless of their race.