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Description of the Project:

Child Trafficking is the second largest criminal industry worldwide reaching $32 billion a year. America holds the title for the second highest destination in the world for trafficked children and women. In recent years, this issue has gotten worse and many women and children are taken away from their homes forced to sell their bodies. I created a billboard that is generally suppose to bring awareness to child trafficking in hopes to stop it.

Ideas:

Power: “One’s capacity to have control over others and when this capacity to control it legitimized, it becomes authority.” (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [123])

Undeserving Poor: Power and Status: Lack of jobs, low wages, and high cost of living creates an opportunity to human traffickers. (Introduction to Sociology by Castro and Hensley – Positive Functions of the Undeserving Poor [110-119])

Stigma: “…mentally classified by others in an undesirable, rejected stereotype…” (Introduction to Sociology by Castro and Hensley – Positive Functions of the Undeserving Poor [??])

Scapegoating: “By being thought of as undeserving, the stigmatized poor can be blamed for virtually any shortcoming of everyday life when can credibly ascribed to them- violations of the laws of logical or social causation not withstanding.” (Introduction to Sociology by Castro and Hensley – Positive Functions of Undeserving Poor [230])

Social Stratification: Describes the way in which different groups of people are placed within society. (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [125])

Latent Functions: Dysfunctions that are unintended or unrecognized and have a negative on society. (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [122])

Manifest Functions: Intended or recognized and may have a positive effect on society. (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [122])

Will Power: The ability to influence or outright control the behavior of people. (Introduction to Sociology by Castro and Hensley – Positive Functions of the Undeserving Poor [??])

Authority: Defined and supported the norms of a social system and generally accepted as legitimate by those who participate in it.  (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [123])

Feminism: Gender and its relation to power. Women and their economic status or nationality. (Experience Sociology by D. Croteau and W. Hoynes – Power [119])

 

How did you make it?:

I did various sketches then decided that even though my drawings suck, the problem will still be seen. I looked online at different billboards that were intended to bring awareness to child trafficking, but none of them showed the true injuries that each child has. Therefore, when i drew each child, I created scars and chains that attach them to child trafficking, because even if they were to escape it all, it never truly leaves their minds.

Advice to others:

I personally attempt to do all the readings, but if they aren’t interesting I simply skim them and look for things that stand out. If it stands out, it is most likely a theoretical idea. They aren’t really that hard, and I know it takes time, but some of them are actually interesting and if you try to read them you can better understand all of the ideas. Once you understand the ideas, your project will be a breeze.

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