Your Blue's Aint Like Mine Essay

1448 Words Apr 15th, 2008 6 Pages
In Bebe Moore Campbell’s, You’re Blues Ain’t Like Mine, I was able to view the novel from the three main sociological perspectives: the structural-functionalist approach, the social-conflict approach, and the symbolic-interaction approach. From the structural-functionalist point of view, I analyzed the Honorable Men of Hopewell as the power elite. I viewed Mamie Cox’s understanding of social class from the social-conflict perspective, and Doreen and Lily Cox differences were easily seen through the symbolic-interaction approach. By examining the characters and situations from these three important perspectives, I was able to have a better understanding of the novel and the life of the people in which the novel was based. First, the …show more content…
However, although they had similar beliefs, Mamie could not help feeling bitter when it came to the wealthy families in the community. “Them Pinochets and Settleses and all them other fancy folks, they won’t let you rise above where you started form, not around here they won’t. If you can’t trace your people back to General Lee, well, then, you’re nothing, is what you are. I tell you, them rich folks’ll side with a nigger before they side with us (Campbell: 178-9).” This quote from the novel clearly illustrates the conflict between the rich and the poor. Mamie’s views of the wealthy society allowed me to see that in her condition, she is practically an equal of the black community when it comes to power. However, she is resistant when it comes to thinking of ideas like that. “In North Ca’lina them niggers is trying to eat at the Woolworth’s with white folks. Sit-in, they call it. Lordy, Lordy. What is this world coming to? And they say that Kennedy is on their side. He’s gon’ try to make them as good as us (Campbell: 237).” Mamie Cox is also expressing that whites are in constant conflict with blacks and all those who seek to change this way of living. The social-conflict theory has given me a clearer perceptive of the effect of those segregation laws and how lives, like Mamie Cox, were changed when their understanding of social class was altered. Finally, a micro-level perspective,

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