Friday, January 31, 2020
Ethnic group Essay Discussion about race and ethnicity has increased steadily over the last several years. Recent discussion has centered on whether the differences between race and ethnicity are necessary, damaging, or beneficial. There is also much to be said about race relations across the globe and many questions to be pondered. Writing about race can be difficult, and discussion about race even more difficult. The idea is that with research and knowledge, it is much easier to have an intelligent, well-informed discussion about issues that affect all of us. Listed below are some possible essay topics: Race vs. Ethnicity Is the idea of Ã¢â¬Å"raceÃ¢â¬ a human construction that is further separating people in countries across the globe? Does science support the idea that Ã¢â¬Å"ethnicityÃ¢â¬ more clearly defines us, and therefore, should be how we see each other? Discuss the inherent differences and similarities between race and ethnicity and the importance of them. Race issues in American TV shows and movies Explain through examples and research how different races are portrayed on television and/or movies. Are stereotypes exploited? Are stereotypes nullified? What about the presentation of race in cartoons, e. g. , the Disney movies? Race and the criminal justice system It is commonly believed that minorities are at a disadvantage when it comes to the justice system. Is this true? Are there disproportionate numbers of minorities convicted of crimes? Racial profiling Examine the hot-topic debate about racial profiling. Consider situations that might involve profiling: driving; airport screening; renting/buying housing; shopping and shoplifting; college entrance; and job hiring practices. Discrimination in hiring The topic of discriminatory hiring practices can be explored on its own. Available research will include news reports of instances and court cases. Also review the laws in place to prevent such practice. More possible topics: Should racial profiling be a legitimate law enforcement policy in some areas? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should Affirmative Action for state university enrollment be continued? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should the primary method of public school funding (property taxes in individual school districts) be amended to create more fairness in schools? Ã¢â¬ ¢If a university offers Ã¢â¬Å"African-American Studies or Black Studies as courses, should it also offer European-American Studies or White Studies? Ã¢â¬ ¢How do certain television programs perpetuate racial or ethnic stereotypes? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should schools only purchase textbooks that offer revised or alternative perspectives on historical events? Ã¢â¬ ¢What should be done about racial disparities in the sentencing of criminals? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should the American government pay reparations and return land to Native Americans? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should hate groups have the right to distribute literature on university campuses? Ã¢â¬ ¢If research shows that certain racial or ethnic groups receive poorer medical care on average, how should this problem be corrected? Ã¢â¬ ¢Should government organizations have staff that accurately reflect the racial, ethnic, and gender balance in society? Assignment: Choose one of the above listed topics, a combined topic from above, or a topic of your own choosing that somehow relates to the issue of race and ethnicity. Research the topic, choosing at least 3 sources that you can also easily print to bring to class. This will be an in-class essay with two days of writing that will be at least 4 pages. Type a works cited page and bring it to be turned in with the essay and the printed sources.
Thursday, January 23, 2020
The Fate of Women in Ã¢â¬Å"The BirthmarkÃ¢â¬ Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Ã Wilson Sullivan in Ã¢â¬Å"Nathaniel HawthorneÃ¢â¬ in New England Men of Letters states that Nathaniel HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s tale, Ã¢â¬Å"The Birthmark,Ã¢â¬ depicts the efforts Ã¢â¬Å"of a deranged scientist to obtain total perfectionÃ¢â¬ inÃ his wife by removal of a facial blemish. In this story the scientist operates on the superficial level of the physical world, while the woman, the truly heroic woman, functions on the level of the heart and soul, the more significant level. She it is who in her virtue provides for the reader an example to live by, even though she loses her life in the process. This essay hopes to explore the status, role, attitude toward women and other such issues. Ã Alfred Kazin in the Introduction to Selected Short Stories of Nathaniel Hawthorne comments regarding the central idea in the authorÃ¢â¬â¢s short stories: Ã¢â¬Å"In story after story the given element, the central and unifying element, is what moves and stirs within us, the mysterious springs of our every action, our Ã¢â¬Å"soulÃ¢â¬ (Kazin 14). The secret to understanding the role and concept of women in Nathaniel HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s tale, Ã¢â¬Å"The BirthmarkÃ¢â¬ lies in the readerÃ¢â¬â¢s appreciation of KazinÃ¢â¬â¢s statement above. The woman who sets a shining example for the reader is a specialist in soul development, whereas her counterpart, the male scientist, is a scientist of the physical world only. Another literary critic, in Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Use of Mythology,Ã¢â¬ relates his similar interpretation of the essence of HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s stories: Ã¢â¬Å"Everything he has to say is related, finally, to Ã¢â¬Ëthat inward sphere.Ã¢â¬â¢ For the heart is the meeting-place of all the forces Ã¢â¬â spiritual and physical, light and dark, that compete for dominance in manÃ¢â¬â¢s nature. . . .Ã¢â¬ (McPherson ... ...horne Ã¢â¬â A Collection of Critical Essays, edited by A.N. Kaul. Englewood Cliffs, NJ: Prentice-Hall, Inc., 1966. Ã McPherson, Hugo. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Use of Mythology.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Stewart, Randall. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Female Characters.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Sullivan, Wilson. Ã¢â¬Å"Nathaniel Hawthorne.Ã¢â¬ In New England Men of Letters. New York: Macmillan Co., 1972. Ã Swisher, Clarice. Ã¢â¬Å"Nathaniel Hawthorne: a Biography.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã Williams, Stanley T. Ã¢â¬Å"HawthorneÃ¢â¬â¢s Puritan Mind.Ã¢â¬ In Readings on Nathaniel Hawthorne, edited by Clarice Swisher. San Diego, CA: Greenhaven Press, 1996. Ã
Tuesday, January 14, 2020
How can we consider Jimmy Buffet as members of a reference group? A brand community. The definition of a reference group is the people of whose attitudes, behavior, beliefs, opinions, preferences, and values are used by an individual as the basis for his or her judgment. One does not have to be (or even aspire to be) a member of a reference group to be negatively or positively influenced by its characteristics. Jimmy Buffet fans are a part of reference group because they each relate to each other with similar beliefs and behaviors and all have a common bond in following the music of Jimmy Buffet and follow the themes of the fan base similar to dead heads (Grateful Dead). It seem that this reference group aka parrot heads are also part of a nerd group by themselves. Parrot heads is also a humanitarian group and has over 200 different clubs and volunteer groups and charitable events for communities for a charity. This reference group notonly attends Jimmy Buffet concerts but they also are part of huge tailgating party that likes to dress up in tropical outfits and like to drink and pass around blow up dolls filled with alcohol and have fun and escape from their daily nerdy lives. Jimmy Buffet music was big in the late 70Ã¢â¬â¢s but his following has become even much bigger today and multi-generational and is not uncommon to see a parent attending this events with one of his adult siblings partaking in the festivities. A brand community is a community or a company to express shared interest in a particular product or Ã¢â¬Å"brandÃ¢â¬ . In the case of Jimmy Buffet the brand name is Margaritaville from his hit song back in 1977. This brand has gone far beyond selling T shirts and posters but has become a major multi- million dollar business and his branding ranges from a wide range from clothing to casinos and everything in between. I personally am not a parrot head or have been to a one of his concerts but enjoy his music and would probably enjoy going to a concert if the opportunity presented itself. I have a neighbor who is a huge Ã¢â¬Å"Parrot HeadÃ¢â¬ and she has all kinds of Margaritaville brand products from bags games, to AdirondackÃ chairs to a huge fake palm tree in her backyard and travels to Las Vegas to go to the casino. It is reported Jimmy Buffet has a net worth of over $400 million dollars with his branding and although was a decent musician he has become a marketing giant with his branding. What kind of opportunities does the existence of the Buffett community present to marketers? Develop a list of specific marketing and promotional tactics. The opportunities are endless for the Margar itaville community as long as they are not violating the trademark or bootlegging the products. If you are an entrepreneurial type of person you could work with Margaritaville and develop products that are marketed towards this reference group or could be part of several type of businesses that use this branding or other similar products. Here is a list of promotional tactics one could use to market to this reference group. The Margaritaville line implies quality, value and good times and has a colorful tropical theme and can be put on all different kinds of merchandise that could be sold through several distribution channels. Margaritaville clothing line Restaurant Franchise Hotels Casinos Grocery stores Music stores retailing Jimmy Buffet music Liquor stores Books Clothing lines Parrot Head Hats Sunglasses Club for community charity The Margaritaville brand continues to expand and as new booming markets are created you can see the branding take advantage of those markets that are growing. References Consumer Behavior: Buying, Having, Being (10th ed.). (2013). Saddle River, NJ: Michael R. Soloman. Reference Group Definition Ã¢â¬â Sociology. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://sociology.about.com/od/R_Index/g/Reference-Group.htm What Is a Brand Community? (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.wisegeek.com/what-is-a-brand-community.htm Margaritaville: A Brand Anything But Wasting Away | Beneath the Brand. (n.d.). Retrieved from http://www.talentzoo.com/beneath-the-brand/blog_news.php?articleID=15368 Parrot Heads in Paradise Inc. (n.d.). Retrieved from https://www.phip.com/
Monday, January 6, 2020
Mustafain Meghani OL-500-x2938 Human Behavior in Organization Dec, 2014 Chapter 2 Case Incident 2: Ã¢â¬Å"The Treasure Trove of the Aging Workforce.Ã¢â¬ Introduction As a healthcare provider I deal with aging population on daily basis. Although healthcare advances have affectively increased age of survival, it does not change the lifestyles and employment challenges in the elderly. Given the economic downturn in the last decade, significant amount of population had to change their retirement goals or had to return to workforce to maintain their lifestyles. As an employer it may be challenging to maintain a balance between the energy and advances gained from a younger worker versus the wisdom and maturity of a seasoned agingÃ¢â¬ ¦show more contentÃ¢â¬ ¦Managers will also have to design training exercises accustomed to diverse ages and skill sets rather than universal approach (Aging, 2014). Policies and Age Discrimination Policies regarding raises and promotions should be based on performance rather than tenure. Developing an appraisal process is crucial that can analyze each employee on performance. Employees despite of their age should have clear understanding of expectations and performance (Policies, 2014). In a selection process the reviewer should be blinded to age as this would prevent any biased decision based on such. During recruitment and evaluation process consider experience and skills related to job requirements by eliminating the age criteria. Policies related to layoffs often focus on seniority basis and can be used just so long as it is based on years of service rather than age. Considering alternatives including reducing work hours or asking employee to take temporary part-time status will prevent employer from facing a discrimination charge. Challenges of a Diverse Workforce Diversity is beyond acknowledging difference in age, gender and ethnicity. Implementation of diverse workforce involves recognizing and combating discrimination and promoting inclusiveness. Negative attitudes and behaviors are hurdles to organizational diversity. They can be harmful to working relationships and affect work productivity. Attitudes such as prejudice, stereotyping and