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Povertyis a horridmonsterthateatsbrainsandkillshearts,wipingout allthefeelingsof humanity.Itis monstrousthat makesa personwanderandponderin thepathof lifedevoidof hopeanddirection.Jake wasbornin a thirdworldcountrywherethecancerof corruptionandfavoritismateup to theboneof thesociety.Livingin a societythat worshipedits leadersandwherecapitalismhadeffectivelywidenedthegapbetween thehaves andhalvenot, Jake wasparticularlymired inthe abyssof despondencyanddisillusioned.Hehadcompletedhis undergraduate degreein Economics at IZAN University andhadgreatexpectation thathewould securea white colorjob,at leastin one of thedepartmentsin thegovernment.

Jakegrewin a customaryHispanic household,wherethetraditionsandbeliefswerepredeterminedby his parents,especiallyhis motherandplayeda crucialrolein his upbringing.Jakes motherwasa secretaryat alocalchurchandas suchsheexpectedeverymemberof thefamilyto attendtheservice.Evenso,theintenseprodding andpressurefrom Jake’s motherdidn’tnot compelJake’s fatherto attendedSunday services.Bothof Jake’s parentswerebroughtup in whatJake perceivedas a fanaticalbeliefsystem.Jakes grandfatherwasan officerin theliberationmovementthat foughtfortheindependenceandthegrandfatherfrom his mother’ssidewasa collaboratorwith theBritish. Until hithertocollaboratorswereconsideredbetrayersandthemarriagebetween Jake’s motherandfatherwereseenasa curseto thecommunityanda signof betrayal.Thenormsandvaluesfrom theKankan clandictatedthata manshould nevertiethe knotwith a womanfrom a collaborator.In thefamilytherewasalwaysthatundertoneof mistrustandJake could not sloghis gutsto enquire about whatbroughtabout marriagein an otherwiseforbadeunion.Sociallifewasgenerallylimitedamong familiesfrom thenearby farmingneighborsandJake’s closestcolleagueswerehis siblings andthemanycousins.His mothercravedto recreate a similarcommunityshehadgrownupin, whereclanandfamilyformedthefundamentalcogin thecommunity.

Mostof theneighborswerepoorfarmerswhocultivatedcornandbeansin smallscaleforsubsistence.Peoplelivingin urbancentersperformeda littlebitbetter,butmajorityof thefamersweregoingthrough hardeconomictimesin 1990s dueto prolongeddroughtandlackof governmentsupport(Gilbert 3). Bothof Jake’s olderbrothershadfinishedhighschoolbutcould not progressto collegedueto lackof fundsandtheyworkedin neighboring farms.Theimprovedyields in maize productionandimprovingcoffeepricesin theglobal markethadmadeitpossibleforJake’s fatherto saveenoughmoneyforhis universityeducation.TheprevailingpooreconomicconditionshadpropelledJake to workhardin his secondaryeducationsoas to geta chanceto jointheuniversity.Hitherto,joininga universitywasconsideredthepreserve of thechildrenfromrichbackgroundwhocould affordto taketheir childrento bettersecondaryschool.

Growingin a highlystructured societywheretheaffluentlivedin urbanareaswhilethepoorremainedlockedin shantiesin slums,andmostof them practicingarable farmingin ruralareas,Jake could not solvetheconundrumof whatwasailing thesociety.In reality,itseemedthebigeconomicgapbetween thepoorandtherichwasto blamefortherisingsocialevilssuchas prostitutionandcrime.Evidentlythishaddiscouragedinvestors in thecountrycomplicating thealreadycomplexequation.Unemploymentin thecountrywasincreasingby thedayas moreandmoregraduatesenteredthejobmarketin searchforemployment.But,whocould Jake apportion blameforthepovertyin thesociety,therampantcorruptionandthesocialdecay,crimeandinsecurity?

Jakeacknowledged thatthesocietywaspartlyto blameformostof theprevailingmisdemeanorsin thesociety.In fact,societycan be responsibleforpoverty.Thesocialinstitutionscreatedin thecountryto facilitaterunningof thegovernmentcan actuallybe an immensebottleneck to theprosperityandprogressof thesociety.Itwasdifficultto separatesocietyandpoverty,whensocietyallowstheelite politicalclassto imposehighincometaxandexcise dutyandforcreatingdifferentclassessuchas thepoor,themiddletherichitwasindirectlyresponsiblefortheexistenceof povertyin thesociety.Theeconomicstructuresputin placeto regulateandcontrolnationalwealthandincomewereresponsibleforthewideninggapbetween therichandthepoor.Additionally, thepoorcould alsobe blamedfortheexistenceof povertyin thesocietyforfailingto workharderandestablishvaluesandprinciplesthat can makegenerationof wealthandaccumulationof capitaleasy.Forinstance,thosethat joineduniongroupsoridentifiedwith a particularpoliticalaffiliationcould easilysecurejobsin governmentdepartments.

WhenJake foundan opportunityin early2000s to moveinto thenewworld,hewelcomedthechancewith bothhands.Lackof employmentopportunityandanymeansof productionmadeJake applyforanyformof employmentbothformalandinformal.Itis at thistimethathetriedhis luckandfilledthegreencardwhich would offerhim an openingto goto thenewworldandperhapslivetheAmerica dream.Successfulin his bidJake immediatelyleftforthenewworldin 2002 at a timewhennewworldwasfightingterrorgroupsin allpartsof theworldandwhenthere wastoomuchpressureforthegovernmentfrom thepopulaceto reviewtheexistingimmigrationpoliciesto deterillegalmovementsof civiliansin America.Thoughmanyemployershadappliedstringentmeasuresin their employmentproceduresJake’s highqualificationhadgivenhim an edgeandwithin two monthshewasworkingas a cashierat Oaks bankin California.

Lifein thenewworldwastotallydifferentfrom thatin his homeland.Thiswasthemotherof capitalismandJake soonrealizedthatthesocialbondsin thesocietywereveryweak.Forinstance,noone caredorsoughtto knowhis originin therental apartmentwherehewasresiding.Religionhadformedan importantpartof his lifeandhadinfluencedmosthis decision,butin thenewworldreligionseemedto matterlessto mostof theAmerican citizens.California wasa metropolitancityand,therefore, therewasnodifferentiation on thepreceptsof raceandethnicity. ButstillJake encounteredmanyobstaclesemanatingfrom his socialjourneyas wellas racialstereotypes.Forinstance,‘’is hea Hispanic, hemust be of lowersocialclass’’.Theseare justbutsomeof theexpectations thatthesocialorderhadbestowedon Jake as a youngHispanic man.Unmistakably suchsuggestionsremindedJake of thepoorstateof his homelandandplightsthathehadfacedin his life(Dittrich, Yvonne 336).

ItwasdifficultforJake to carryon with thetraditionsandculturefrom his homeland.Asa memberof staffin one oftheprimebanksin thecity,Jake gotan opportunityto socialize with differentindividualsfrom differentculturesandtheslowlybeganto acceptandacknowledgethebeautyin allreligionsandcultures.Bureaucratization meansof administrationwasthemostdistinctivefeatureof corporate organizationin thenewworld.Evenin thebankingsectortherewasdivisionof laborandseparationof functions,hierarchical authority,writtenregulationsthat hadto be followedto theletter.Resultsin almosteveryeconomicfieldwerecalculatedbased on theamountof moneygenerated.In his homelandmoneydidnot calculateresultsespeciallyin theruralsettings.Jake identifiedtheprobablecausesof bureaucratization as theurbanization andthemobilityof economicresources.Thereligiousbeliefsin thesocietyhadpermittedtrustevento strangers(Pierre Stapley 2).

Bureaucratizationhadprevailedin eliminatingemotionsat workplace ithadexcludedhate,love,anypersonalfeelingsfrom theexecutionof formalduty.ThismodernculturerequiredJake to detachallemotionstoperform&nbsphis mandate successfully hismandateat thebank.Italsobecameevidentto Jake thatthemodeof communicationandsocialization in America wasbased primarilyon thetechnology. Socialmediawasmakingwayas one of thecommonlyusedplatformsforinformalcommunicationsandinteractions.Thepaceof technological developmentsin theStates wasoverwhelminganditwasbecomingmoreandmoreclearto Jake thatitwasan integralpartof themodernAmerican society.

Decisionsandchoiceshadto be madebased on whatthesocietyexpectedfrom Jake. Jake wasin a newlandwherethepeoplehaddifferentviewsandoutlookabout life(Horton 596). Forinstance,in his homelandgaymarriagewasnot allowedandsocietybelievedthata marriagewasintendedto be between a womananda man,butin theUS itwasevenpermittedby thelawandthesocietyofferednooppositionto unionbetween two individualsof thesamegender.Thegovernmenthadevenaccordedthisemergingsocialgrouprights.Additionally, among theyouthsthepopularculturewasshapedby thecharacterandbehaviorof thoseindividualstheyconsideredtheir rolemodels.Theseincludedcelebrities,politicians,andaffluentbusinessowner’swhohadsuccessfullycreatedwealthofunimaginableamount.

Overtheyears,Jakepaidalotofattentionon thedevelopmentabout thewaragainst terrorthat hadpreoccupied themindsof mostAmericans after the9/11 attack.Jake hadalwaysdefinedhimself a warandterrorprotestor. Lackof a definitesocialstructureandsocialtiesin thesocietyhadmadeitdifficultforJake to identifywith a particulargroup.Evenamid thisidentitycrisisitappearedjustified thatsocietymust riseagainst socialandpoliticalevilssuchas terrorism to achieveanymeaningfulprogress.

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Cooley,Charles Horton 1998. OnSelf and Social Organization.University Of Chicago Press.

Dittrich,Yvonne, Christiane Floyd, and Ralf Klischewski. SocialThinking-Software Practice.Cambridge, Mass: MIT Press, 2002. Print.

Gilbert,Geoffrey. Richand Poor in America: A Reference Handbook.Santa Barbara, Calif: ABC-CLIO, 2008. Print.

PierreStapley. Introductionto Sociology:Max Weber- Bureaucracy. 2010. Retrieved from:http://www.cf.ac.uk/socsi/undergraduate/introsoc/weber12.html