Journal Article — ‘Keep It In the Family’: Casting Sociological Lights on the Secrets of My Life — by Belle Summer




In this paper the author applies various sociological theories (phenomenological sociology, symbolic interactionism, social exchange/rational choice theory, functionalism, conflict theory, and the postmodern perspective) to explore her experience with abuse and familial conflict while growing up. The author writes, “Morrie Schwartz says we must love one another or die. “The fact is, there is no foundation, no secure ground, upon which people may stand today if it isn’t the family. It’s become quite clear to me as I’ve been sick. If you don’t have the support and love and caring and concern that you get from a family, you don’t have much at all. Love is so supremely important. As our great poet Auden said, “love each other or perish” (Albom, 91).” She continues, “This message made me feel that I needed to write on a piece of paper about all the people I had problems with and tear it up. I should move forward with forgiveness and acceptance of everything that I have gone through. I will keep an open mind for my future and learn from past mistakes that become my own life lessons. There will be no more secrets in my life.”

Recommended Citation

Summer, Belle. 2009. “‘Keep It In the Family’: Casting Sociological Lights on the Secrets of My Life.” Pp. 105-116 in Sociological Re-Imaginations in & of Universities (Human Architecture: Journal of the Sociology of Self-Knowledge: Volume VII, Issue 3, 2009.) Belmont, MA: Okcir Press (an imprint of Ahead Publishing House).

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