Each era has it classiness, sassiness, and civil disobedient-ness which makes it idealized to a particular audience. Classics are something to which I feel an ingrained connection. There is something about watching “Casablanca,” reading “The Great Gatsby,” listening to jazz, or dancing swing that makes me feel alive. Some would say that I was born 80 years too late, but I disagree. Those who live in a particular time period cannot appreciate it like someone looking back at it can. Recently, Globe University-La Crosse Sociology students considered societal influences.
Sociologists: Everything We Do is Learned
Sociology is the study of society and how groups of people think and interact. To a sociologist, people are instinct free. Everything we do is learned in some way. A sociologist might say that my preference for the 1920s is an influence of the society that I was raised in. One might argue that it could be economical, educational, or geographical influences (or a combination of the three).
Sassy, yet Civilly Disobedient
In Rebekah Myer’s Sociology class, students discussed the idea of “golden age,” and how different people relate to one era more than another. According to Myer, “One of the eras that I typically think of as the ‘golden age’ in the United States is the 1960s. While this era was full of conflict in relation to civil rights, it was also full of progress. I love how this decade demonstrates freedom and change but also shows the need to remain committed to civil rights issues today.”
As a lawyer and instructor of blossoming paralegal students, Myer’s perspective on the golden age may be an effect of her education. Does she think of that age as golden because she learned of its significance in school and wanted to be a part of that, thus becoming a lawyer, or once she started studying law realized that the dawn of the civil rights era would have been an exciting time to be working in the field of law? In thinking about this idea, I have begun to wonder about my own idealized time. Do I think of the 1920s as a time of enlightenment due to my studies of U.S. history and literature, or did I study humanities because of my interest in the roaring, sassy decade of flappers, speakeasies, and Louie Armstrong?
Did Civil Disobedience Carry Over from World War II?
Testing this, two students in the Sociology class also commented on the age they felt was to be idolized by generations to come. “I believe the golden years were the years when World War II was going on,” said Jasmine Korus, a criminal justice degree student. “I am close to my grandparents and just to see how they react to today’s society with the use of cell phones, tablets, etc., really shows their character on how hard they worked and how different they interacted back then vs. now.” Is there something in her ideals that is leading her down the road to criminal justice?
An argument for the Current Era as the Epitome of Society’s Development
Vet tech program student Theresa More’s favorite age in history distinctly relates to her chosen health care career path. “My favorite period in time is the present. We’ve discovered genome mapping, have vaccines that save lives, and are constantly advancing medically. People who a hundred years [ago] would have died from a simple infection now take lifesaving antibiotics for granted.”
What is your ideal time period? When and where in the world do you feel connected as our students and faculty do to World War II era United States, the jazz age, or the Civil Rights movement? Or are you like Theresa and believe that there is no time like the present?
This post was written by Ree Nae Roberge-Greene. Ree Nae is the Student Services and Online Learning Coordinator at Globe University-La Crosse. She has been employed at Globe University since January 2011. She moved into the role of Student Services Coordinator in August of 2011 and loves it! Ree Nae Roberge-Greene blogs for Globe-La Crosse, and she is enjoying the challenge of finding a new and exciting topic to write about each week.