Project #32006 - Sociology

Sociological Imagination Activity

 

For this activity, you may want to go back to the first chapter of the Conley text if you want to refresh your thinking about the sociological imagination (this question is adapted from an assignment from this chapter). By this time, my hope is that thinking like a sociologist has come more naturally as you have progressed through the course. For this last activity, you will keep a journal for a day and document ten social phenomena that you generally perceive as natural in your everyday life.

Your journal could include notes on the way people greet each other, share public space, eat, and so on. But it should also capture that which is missing. Who is absent from these settings? Who does not share these public spaces? Who does not greet each other? From there, you will pick one way in you noticed this day was organized (e.g., class differences, racial divides, gender lines, geographic segregation, deviant labeling, etc.) and discuss alternative ways your daily life might proceed if this element had been different throughout history.

The book gives you this example: What if racial divisions in America were based on eye color rather than skin tone? But I would like you to take it one step further and imagine yourself on both sides—both the dominant and the oppressed side—of the alternative divide created. From your own perspective and place today (and you should have a strong grasp of that by now), discuss how your daily life would be different. Would your life be better or worse? Is there a side that you would prefer? Why?

Recall that sociological imagination activities require you to reflect upon your own identity and social position—or those of others, and write about them in a way that illustrates your own understanding of them in a broader historical and social context.

Your work will be evaluated on the clarity of your documentation, the depth of critical thinking, and the insightfulness of your responses. Again, all responses will be evaluated for grammar, punctuation, and use of standard written English; please use a spellchecker before submission of all written work.

 

How paper is to be written.

The basic idea of the assignment is to keep a journal for a day and focus on ten social phenomenon that occur throughout the day. After that, choose one way that your day was organized (for instance, if social class made an impact on the ten phenomenon already mentioned, you could go into more detail about social class), and talk about how your life would be different if, for instance, wealth was distributed differently in our country.

  Here is a narrower assignment description:  Your journal could include notes on the way people greet each other, share public space, eat, and so on. But it should also capture that which is missing. From there, you will pick one way in you noticed this day was organized (e.g., class differences, racial divides, gender lines, geographic segregation, deviant labeling, etc.) and discuss alternative ways your daily life might proceed if this element had been different throughout history.

The book gives you this example: What if racial divisions in America were based on eye color rather than skin tone? But I would like you to take it one step further and imagine yourself on both sides—both the dominant and the oppressed side—of the alternative divide created. From your own perspective and place today (and you should have a strong grasp of that by now), discuss how your daily life would be different. Would your life be better or worse? Is there a side that you would prefer? Why?

 

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