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To understand the characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities



 
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To understand the characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities #1 (permalink) Thu Sep 11, 2014 23:32 pm   To understand the characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities
 

N.B.: It took me around 50 minutes to write this task. In addition, it is a confusing topic that requires a lot of planning.

To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.

Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and explain how these considerations shape your position.


For decades, the only cogent method suggested for understanding the traits of a certain society implied that its rural life -represented by life in villages- on one side, and on the other, the civilized life -represented by the way people of the cities live and interact- should be examined each on its own and then combined to reach a conclusion about the general characteristic of the studied society. However, denying that cities are now being an image for both rural and civilized life of any society in any country is ridicoulus. In my point of view, major cities can depict almost a clear idea of thr scociety as it combines both the rural and the civilized life together.

First of all, cities today are attracting patrons from all over the country for several reasons such as working opportunities, medication, education, and other important factors. Rationally, such citizens will be holding different religious views, political backgrounds, way of thinking -affected by the place they were raised up in-, etc., therefore when grouped together in a certain city will end up creating a wonderful mosaic image reflecting the country as a whole. Consequently, the differences the society members have among them will be reflected by the shapes of the buildings, streets, the way the people deal with each other... Thus studying the city itself will eventually give you a good idea of the society in general.

To further illustrate such a crucial point, take an ancient city such as Rome, immediately, when studying the characteristics of Rome you will gain a sufficient idea about the society of the Roman Empire in general. And so is the case for other countries in the deep past and similarly for contemporery countries such as the United States. That is when studying its major cities such as New York, New Jersy, Houston and others.

On the other hand, one might argue that people moving from bucolic regions to the cities will be forced to change a lot of their traditions, way of thinking, and even hide political and religious views in order for them to succeed in such a new world. Well, while such an argument sounds plausible, it is unrealistic as such backgound traits that were born with any person needs a long time to be ultered. Therefore it is safe to say that even if some factors changed, the main characteristics will still be reservend even for several generations to come. Hence, a rural farmer -for example- moving to the city, will still represent the region in which he moved from.

finally, central cities in any country are actual representitives of the characteristics of the society in general in that country.
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