Social Institutions Social Exclusion Ideological Discipline The Game. The Wire: Season 4 Themes. Theme: Social Institutions. Social Institution : the more enduring features of social life that contain a set of rules shared by members of a society
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professionals are trained to advance the institution’s interests.
“The product of professional labor is political. It takes sides. The accountant’s bookkeeping decision, the journalists’ angle on the story, the lawyer’s choice of contract language, the scientist’s narrow focus, the minister’s sermon, the teacher’s lesson—professional work tilts one way or the other, and the way it tilts is never an accident” – Jeff Schmidt Disciplined Minds
Ideological disciplineis the process of getting people to think like professionals. This concept means that professionals:
a. are valued for their ability to do what their told
b. police the political content of the workplace
c. can be called critical thinkers because they develop their own, independent points of view
d. have a better idea of what is going on in the workplace because they have paper credentials
Which of the following is the best definition of the Game, as implied thus far in the Wire?
a. a metaphor for corrupt people doing corrupt things for their own self-interest
b. the publicly stated goals of an institution
c. encourages individuals to become selfish and greedy, thus causing social problems
d. encourages habitual ways of thinking to protect institutions but not necessarily the individuals within them