Project #91808 - Sociology discussion

On February 11, 2014 Attorney General Eric Holder called on states to restore voting rights to nearly 6 million convicted felons. Which major theoretical paradigm - functionalism, conflict, or symbolic Interactionism is best applied to his actions? Please explain using the major premises of your choice.

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1. After reading up on the major theoretical paradigms I believe the strongest one for this situation is symbolic interactionism. The reason I believe this when you think about all the previously convicted felons that have served their time and should integrate back into the community do not have the easiest times doing so. Getting a job is difficult because most people have a hard time trusting you if you just got of out prison. So, when you take away someone's right to vote on top of not being able to get a job or being trusted; most convicts end up going back to jail. According to Eric Holder, " that after the Civil War, laws that prohibit felons from voting were a way for post-Reconstruction states to keep blacks from casting ballots." Now I'm not saying that all prisoners are good people and that doing the time allows them to get all their freedoms back, but if we expect them to come out and be a productive member of the society they should be allowed to vote.

   Symbolic Interactionism is described as "school of thought that explains social behavior in terms of how people interact with each other via symbols; in this view, social structures are best understood in terms of such individual interactions." It also means in this situation that voting to the convicts(not all) is a symbol of each one's personal right/freedom. It makes them feel like a person which at that moment might be something they need to make the right choices. A mistake from someone's past should not hinder their future unless it's repetitive.

 

Goldman, Adam. "Eric Holder Makes Case for Felons to Get Voting Rights Back." Washington Post. The Washington Post, 11 Feb. 2014. Web. 4 Nov. 2015.

"Chegg.com." Definition of Symbolic Interactionism. Web. 4 Nov. 2015.

 

2. Hello,

Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr. called Tuesday for the repeal of laws that prohibit millions of felons from voting, underscoring the Obama administration’s determination to elevate issues of criminal justice and race in the president’s second term and create a lasting civil rights legacy.

In a speech at Georgetown University, Mr. Holder described today’s prohibitions — which in some cases bar those convicted from voting for life — as a vestige of the racist policies of the South after the Civil War, when states used the criminal justice system to keep blacks from fully participating in society. In general, state laws have become more lenient toward felon voting over the past two decades as crime decreased and voters cared less about tough-on-crime policies. More recently, liberal Democrats have found allies among civil libertarians as the Tea Party movement gained momentum.

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/02/12/us/politics/holder-urges-states-to-repeal-bans-on-voting-by-felons.html?_r=0

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