sociology analysis paper4 pages 0

In essay format, analyze a life (either your own or that of another individual you

know personally) from a sociological perspective. Provide a description of the person

and his or her life up until the present day. Factors you should consider during your

analysis includes, but is not limited to, the following: age; race and ethnicity; gender;

place of birth; educational level; economic status; religious beliefs; occupation; career

goals; marital status; number of children, if any; and childhood background (social class

of parents, etc.). You should also include any additional information that you consider

relevant in explaining this person’s behavior.

The sociologist seeks to go beyond opinion and common sense. As such, the

question that should guide you throughout this paper is simply: “Why?” Anyone can

observe an individual’s outward behavior; explaining how it was influenced by the

person’s social environment and interpersonal relationships is more difficult (and

rewarding!). When discussing your subject’s attitudes, values, and beliefs be sure to

focus on the social factors that you believe shaped them. In other words, you must

examine the context of the person’s socialization experiences. In what ways has the

social world shaped this person into who he/she is today?

Some social content to keep in mind include the cultural expectations that

shaped your subject’s life. Factors such as social expectations for marriage, childbearing,

divorce, education, employment, race relations, gender relations, religious beliefs, and

sexual activity are some you might decide to explore. Remember, these expectations

are very different depending on where and when the person lives (or lived).

After discussing the main reasons you believe this person is “how they are”, offer

your educated prediction for what the future holds. What, if anything, do you think this

person would change about his/her socialization process? What, if anything, do you

believe have been the social advantages this person has enjoyed? Will the coming years

be better, worse, or more of the same? Very important: back up your prediction with

facts from the person’s life that lead you to believe as you do.

Please use a fictional name for the subject of your profile. In addition to depth

and quality of analysis, students will also be graded on grammar, formatting, and length

of paper. Consult the section VII A. of the syllabus for specific details on formatting and

paper length. See the Course Calendar of your syllabus for the due date. The instructor

is more than happy to accept “early” papers and encourages students to not wait until

the last minute. Technical difficulties are NOT excused, so PLEASE give yourself ample

time to get the paper in early and/or contact me in advance if you having problems.

There are no “excused” late papers. You are accountable not only for the content of

your paper, but also for making sure that you meet the deadline.

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