Social Dominance Theory

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Assignment #1: Theory Application: Person-in-environment When analyzing a case, it is very important to discuss the major biological, psychological, and social factors involved. It is important to pay special attention on how these factors intersect on one another and how this intersectional play affects the whole well being of a human. Robins, S.P., Chatterjee, P. & Canda, E.R. (2012) stress that “all systems theories are based on a holistic view of people that acknowledges the interrelationship between biological, psychological, social cultural and spiritual dimensions of behavior” (Susan P. Robbins, Pranab Chatterjee, Edward R. Canda, Contemporary Human Behavior Theory A Critical Perspective for Social Work, 2012, p. 52). One must ask,…show more content…
418-439). In the vignette Social Dominance Theory is at the forefront. The whole theme of homelessness verse working class illustrates the concept of Social Dominance Theory by addressing social hierarchies. Due to the dominant class holding all the power and profit, Michael developed a defeatist attitude towards life, ergo his homelessness. Another example of Social Dominance Theory presented in the vignette is police brutality. Shawn Ginwright and Julio Camarota stress the “‘get tough on youth” crime discourse has turned our attention from the powerful social forces and structural barriers that create and maintain problems to explanations of group behavior. As a result, racism, the influence of poverty, and the effect of unemployment have been ignored while the troubles of urban youth get pushed into sight” (Shawn Ginwright and Julio Cammarota, "New Terrain in Youth Development: The Promise of a Social Justice Approach", p.…show more content…
ACE was defined, as any type of abuse experienced prior to age eighteen, whether be emotional or physical. This research points out that those who suffered from ACE most likely developed risky behavior later in life because that was a way for them (him/her) to cope. The ACE research proves that there is a direct line to alcoholism, smoking and other addictions, homelessness, mental health issues, and incarceration (in Heather Larkin , Brooke A. Beckos & Joseph J. Shields (2012) Mobilizing Resilience and Recovery in Response to Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACE): A Restorative Integral Support (RIS) Case Study, Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community, 40:4,

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