Woohooo! Long weekend ahead! It was also fun to start this mini vacation with a bonding time at Mercato with friends. Thank goodness for this break, I hopefully will be able to do some catching-up with school requirements and most especially, sleep. Hurray!
While our Comm 11 class was discussing the introductory part of the Structuration Theory, a certain song suddenly kept playing in my head, and it's from High School Musical. The photo above is a screenshot from the movie, and it's a cafeteria scene where they were performing the song Stick to the Status Quo. I find it highly-related to the topic, since the song talks about systems and norms. A basketball player confesses his love for baking, a braniac reveals her interest in dancing, and a skater dude admits his enthusiasm in playing the cello. These confessions are countered by others, saying that they should not mess with 'the flow'. From the title itself, the song basically mirrors how things work in reality: we follow rules, common beliefs, and shared values. In other words, we follow structures.
Structuration is defined as a process that enables the creation of 'structured' behavior. For a society to function efficiently, things need to be placed in order, or arranged in a certain way that is generally acceptable to people. These structures consist of repetitive or patterned behavior, which, in turn, produces expectations or norms. Considering the said song, it is kind of unlikely for a basketball player to be interested in baking, right? And also, we expect a nerd to be focused only on academics, not on dancing too. These expectations would seem practical, since we are all used to following the beliefs that we've carried since our childhood. But then again, these tend to make us compartmentalize people into distinct categories, producing unintended stereotypes.
Structures are a necessity and all that. They promote harmony and order, and they ensure an organized flow of things. But when is it acceptable to say no to the status quo?