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Sociological Autobiography

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In this age, basic computer skills are a necessity for every person and more so in a developed country where every sector of governance, education, social interactions and generally everyday life, is dictated by the use of computer systems. I realize that my decision and desire to pursue Computer Science is dictated to a large extent by the times that we live in (Becker, 1953).According to Goffman, social context plays an integral part in the decision making process of an individual. The realization of the social context in which I live in, has led me to question whether I really had a choice in the path that I have chosen for myself. Would I have pursued computer science and programming if I had been born in the 1800s for example? Or maybe an underdeveloped country with little or no access to computers and computer systems? My enlightened view of the impact of a person’s social context, has led me to acknowledge that my social context, has largely contributed to my passion and career path (Goffman, 1963).The fact is, the extensive application of computers in the U.S and the successful life stories of people who have pursued a career in computer science and programming, was very instrumental in arriving at my decision. Furthermore, the opportunity to view the film, ‘The Social Network’, enabled by my social context, allowed me to freely pursue an education and career in computer science. I fully agree with Goffman that for one to extensively comprehend a person’s behavior, one must analyze and identify the social context that they live in. By doing so, one is able to realize that the decisions made by people and society in general, is affected by factors outside their control (Goffman, 1959).Rereading my autobiography provided me an opportunity to relive the past, through feelings of nostalgia with reference to the period that I wrote the text. Additionally, I was able to analyze the experiences that made me write those particular words and the general self-image and perception that I had of myself.By re-reading my autobiography, I was able to experience the same feelings, expectations and doubts that I had before I wrote the text. Afterwards, I realize that some of the notions in the text were guided by what society (students, teachers and parents) thought of me and what they expected me to write. I remember I had
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  • Pages: 4 (1000 words)
  • Document Type: Essay
  • Subject: Sociology
  • Level: Undergraduate
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