Journal Article — “Getting Stupid to Avoid”: My and Society’s Avoidance Problem with Driving While Drunk — by Jennifer Cervantes
In this paper, using various sociological concepts and the sociological imagination as a conceptual framework, I explore avoidance as both a personal trouble as well as a public issue. As one of my close high-school friends passed away due to a drinking and driving incident, I started to examine some of his, my, and my friends’ reactions to the problem of drunken driving. I questioned many things and ultimately questioned myself about why I took the same approach they took toward the public issue. Avoidance of problems and situations that involve unwanted emotions was a personal problem that not only I had but also does society as well. I realized this when I started to take a closer look at society and myself together using a sociological imagination. We are all part of society and society is a part of us. Being sociologically mindful is something we can all do and should do to help ourselves and broader society.
Cervantes, Jennifer. 2011. ““Getting Stupid to Avoid”: My and Society’s Avoidance Problem with Driving While Drunk.” Pp. 57-64 in Learning Transformations: Applied Sociological Imaginations from First Year Seminars and Beyond (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume IX, Issue 2, 2011.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).
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