The event “Bring it to Council” held in 2018 in Oakville was a perfect event that exemplified sociological imagination. The kids were tasked with coming up with new innovations and ideas that will lead to the development of the city, Oakville. According to Lea (2018), the event “enhances the students’ understanding of municipal government, its structure and council procedure.” The students selected for the procedure were grade 5 pupils from the Halton Catholic District and Halton District School. Each student was offered with the opportunity to share their ideas and provide an explanation of how they are going to obtain the funds to accomplish their projects.
The event was sociological in nature and was a true reflection of how our characters are affected by the values present in the society. As earlier mentioned, the purpose of the “Bring it to Council” was, “to enhance the students’ understanding of municipal government, its structure, and council procedure.” Analyzing the event further, one can conclude that the primary purpose of the event was to encourage creativity and innovation among the upcoming generation. On the other hand, sociological imagination can help me evaluate the event in two ways, that is, the intention of the government and how the event portrays the values of the society. It is evident that the values showcased in the event encourage students to be innovative, creative and encourages the development of ideas. The government intentions in the event can be interpreted as focused on nurturing the young generation and their ideas to conserve a better tomorrow.
The major theory that can be implemented in this event is capitalism by Karl Marx. He views a society to be comprised of proletariats (working class) and bourgeoisie (ruling class). According to Marx, capitalism exhibits itself where the ruling class gains by exploiting the working class (Macionis & Gerber, 2018). Marx would simply describe the motives of the events as capitalism where the Oakville children included in the exhibition are being coached into the world of politics, which can be described as an organization that exploits the working class.
In addition, each child was challenged to develop a way of funding their project. Marx would explain this event as a methodology used by the ruling class to benefit and accumulate wealth from the working classes’ ideas (Macionis & Gerber, 2018). Marx would further point out that the students are socialized as part of the ruling class. However, this is an illusion to deceive the students that there is no division between the ultimate goals of the ruling class and the working class, which of course was inaccurate at the time.
This corresponds with Marx’s theory of alienation where individuals exposed in “bourgeoisie” activities can obtain an early exposure to work that may help them realize their wishes and challenge them to come up with ideas on ways to fund their projects. However, this event has no alienation from human potential, workers and work product to the act of working.
- Macionis, J. J. & Gerber, L. M. (2018). Sociology. Toronto. Pearson Canada.
- Lea, D. (2018). Students share ideas on making Oakville a better place during competition. Oakville. Inside Halton.