Taking in consideration the statement:
To understand the most important characteristics of a society, one must study its major cities.
Write a response in which you discuss the extent to which you agree or disagree with the
statement and explain your reasoning for the position you take. In developing and supporting
your position, you should consider ways in which the statement might or might not hold true and
explain how these considerations shape your position.
Disclaimer: The numbers, facts using on the essay are not necessary correct, but that is
ok, the main point is the essay itself.
During the last 30 years development countries have experimented a phenomenon where
people from small towns and rural areas have emigrated to the bigger cities, as part of a search
of new opportunities and a better life quality. This fact has as consequence that most of the
population of indevelopment countries lives on major cities.
In the case of developed countries the phenomenon of internal immigration happened probably
on the beginning of the last century and is possible to say internal immigration is
permanent ongoing process on most countries in the world.
According to the previous paragraphs is reasonable to assume that most of the population in
many countries lives on major cities, and, as the questions states, is logical to conclude that
would be enough to analyze major cities in order to have a broad understanding of society. But
this reasoning has a flag, what is to assume that, in order to understand society, in enough to
understand just the majority of population or most of the existing society. This assumption is
wrong because is also necessary to well understand minorities in this case people who don’t
life on major cities to get a solid comprehension of current society.
For example, in the case of Lima, a major cities in Peru, holding 40% of peruvian population; the
interaction with rural people from smaller cities is crucial for Lima’s economy. That created a big
worrying on understanding these smaller communities in order to keep healthy and long term
relations together. At the very end, these small communities have left a big footprint on Lima
society and how organize their members and trading to satisfy not only their interests, but the
interests of surrounding societies.
Other example of the value on put attention to societies out of the scope of major cities is the
case of Okinawa in Japan. The rural city of Okinawa is home of a community of farmers with the
highest live expectation and better perceived life quality on Japan. If scientist tries to understand
Japan’s society just analyzing major cities, is very likeable that they would not find any clue of
the peaceful and happy society of Okinawa. Even more impactful, getting an understanding of
sociological reasons of the wellness of Okinawa people could give to researchers the
opportunity to get insights about healthy societies that are not possible to gather on major
In conclusion is possible to say that in order to have a broad understanding of global society is
necessary to also understand groups that are out of major cities. And even more important is to
recognize that trying to study these communities just analyzing any repercussions they have on
major cities is a simplistic approach. The only possible outcome of and approach like this is to
miss important lessons and information, as shows the case of Okinawa farmers.
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