According to sociologists, we construct reality through our interactions with others.
In 1966 sociologists Peter Berger and Thomas Luckmann wrote a book called The Social Construction of Reality. In it, they argued that society is created by humans and human interaction, which they call habitualization. Habitualization describes how “any action that is repeated frequently becomes cast into a pattern, which can then be … performed again in the future in the same manner and with the same economical effort” (Berger and Luckmann 1966). Not only do we construct our own society but we also accept it as it is because others have created it before us. Society is, in fact, “habit.”
With that in mind, take a ride in an elevator that has at least 4 floors. Closely observe the behavior of everyone in the elevator with you. Write a short paper answering the following questions:
Observe such things as: 25 -points
- How far away people stand from each other
- which way do they stand?
- what do they look at?
- Do the riders converse with one another?
- What do they do with their time in the elevator?
How does the behavior of people in an elevator correspond with the concept of ‘habitualization? 20 point
How did you learn how to behave in an elevator? – 10 points
Grammar and spelling – 5 points