Sociological Imagination

General Instructions:

  • Submission: submit via the Assignments link attaching it as a pdf file or a word docx that opens directly (without the need for passwords)
  • Format: Use Times font, size 11 or 12, double-spacing, one-inch margins on all sides. One full page is ~20 lines. On the top line of the first page, type your name, Sociol 101 and Essay title. Do NOT repeat the essay prompt/question and instructions; just indicate the essay by its title.
  • Length: 6-7 pages. Length may vary a bit depending on how concisely you write.
  • Write in full sentences and use paragraphs. No bulleting.
  • Use and organization of textual requirements:
  • Think about how you can package together some of the different textual requirements with some of the concepts.
    • The order in which the concepts and textual requirements below are listed is NOT the order in which you are to engage with them. They are listed arbitrarily.  A big part of this assignment is to give thought to organization how you develop the essay (both within paragraphs and between paragraphs).  Having good organization between paragraphs and good flow of ideas within paragraphs requires writing the essay via several drafts.  

·       Edit your essays for spelling, grammar, sentence coherency and organization of ideas.

·       Citation: Cite all borrowed ideas within essay, be they quoted or paraphrased using parenthetical citation (for example, (Newman 200) or (Kimmel 102). This also goes for any YouTube videos and documentaries. No works cited page is required.

Essay Question: Using your sociological imagination, write an essay exploring your gender socialization using the below concepts and engaging with the below texts.

Sociological Imagination Narrative (grade reflects use of your sociological imagination, quality of writing (coherent sentences, good organization and proper citation within the essay using parenthetical citation (Newman 300). 43%

+++If you do not engage with at least ½ of below listed concepts and at least one of the texts below (documentary and/or article), then this portion of the essay gets graded at: 23 % with the remaining 20% at 59.

Concepts (40%) you will be incorporating the below concepts into your exploration.

  1. You are not required to define any of the below concepts; however, you must make sure their meanings are conveyed via the narrative (the experiences you are exploring/describing). If you decide to explicitly define any concepts, you may need to think about extending the length of the essay a bit.
  2. Bold only the concepts to make it easier for the instructor to identify them. Points deducted if you don’t bold the concepts.
  3. Grade for each concept varies based on how well-fully you show me you understand and apply the concept.
  4. Mead’s stages of self or Cooley’s the looking glass self or Goffman’s impression management (using 4 of Goffman’s concepts which are key its understanding), elements of deviance 5%
  5. socialization 2%
  6. primary socialization 2%
  7. secondary socialization 2%
  8. re-socialization and/or anticipatory socialization 3%
  9. agents of socialization, of which at least one must be an institution besides the family and at least two must be individuals (Must use the word, agent of socialization, in at least three places where you are describing each type) 3%
  10. identity 1%
  11. gender 2%
  12. primary group 2%
  13. secondary group 2%
  14. material cultural and nonmaterial culture 2% (must apply each twice in the essay)
  15. social norms (three different examples and must identify the type of social norm) 3%
  16. sanctions (two different examples and must identify the type of sanction) 3%
  17. ascribed status 2%
  18. achieved status 2%
  19. roles 2%
  20. role conflict or role strain 2%
  21. total institution OR stigma (if relevant -Bonus 2%)

Articles: Access articles and documentaries via the Assignments-Essay link.

If the editor includes an abstract at the start of the article, you can NOT use it. You must engage with the article itself.

  • Engage with two of the gender attributes discussed in the Bornstein article (2 x 2.5%= 5%
  • Select two of the below categories, and from each select one text that is relevant to help you explore your gender and/or sexuality. Must engage twice with each text. 
  • (2 texts x 6%: = 12%)
    • Family: Farr, “Sissy Boy, Progressive Parents” or Feinberg, Stone Butch Blues or Goldscheider, “Children’s Share in Household Tasks”or diLeonardo, “The Female World of Cards” or DeVault: “Doing Housework”
    • Parents and Workplace: Crittenden, “The Mommy Tax” or Gerson, Dilemmas of Involved Fatherhood”
    • School: Miceli, “Schools and the Social Control of Sexuality,” or Best, “Girls, Schooling, and the Discourse of Self-Change: Negotiating the Meanings of the High School Prom or Sadker & Sadker, “Missing in Interaction,” or Martin, “Becoming a Gendered Body” or Farr, “Sissy Boy, Progressive Parents” (Can’t use Farr as your two texts)
    • Friend Groups:  Pascoe, “Dude, You’re a Fag” or Tanenbaum, Slut, Chapter 3 or Chapter 5 or The BroCode
    • Multiple Social Institutions: Documentaries:  The Mask You Live In or Souls of Black Girls or book chapter: Pope et al, “The Rise of the Adonis Complex” in The Adonis Complex.
    • Mass Media: Tough Guise 2 (abridged) or Killing Us Softly 4

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