Sociology 150Fall 2015An Outline/Guide for Paper 2The following are some guidelines for you to take into account as you prepare Paper 2, due in class and on line Wednesday, December 9 in RRR week. It should run about up to 8 pages in length (MAX). Early submissions will be accepted. You should include a works cited page. It can be included outside the page limit. Don’t forget to number your pages and post the paper up at bcourses.Your paper represents the culmination of your work all semester looking at topics in our field in relation to a specific social context that you have learned about first hand, which you have been able to logically link to the development of specific forms of behavior, thinking or a sociologically significant identity. PROMPT TEXTIn a well-documented, clearly organized paper of no more than 7-10 double-spaced pagesin length, draw on your semester-long observations and interviews about a specific venueof social interaction, socialization, or communication to shed light on how features of a specific and well defined social environment contribute tosociologically significant forms of behavior or identities among individuals who are exposed to a defined social environment and the interactions and symbolic communications that occur within it. Your paper should clearly show how elements of your analysis are rooted in your observations, your interviews, and your interpretations of your data.The data should support your claims about site-specific social processes linked to socialization and the construction of identities, beliefs, and behaviors, as well as the communications, exchanges of meaning, interpretations, etc., that contribute to these effects.Throughout your paper you also must show in appropriate ways how course readings (and sometimes course media and lectures) inspiredyour research, guidedyour data gathering and analysis, and assisted you in interpreting your observations about the development of identities or behaviors..Be careful to appropriately HEDGE or qualify your claims about the development of an identity, behaviors or beliefs, as you take into account the limited time you have spent in the field, the limitations on the kind of data you have been able to gather, the size of your interview samples, and caution about the representativeness of your particular study site. The work you have completed on Field Report 3 and Field Report 4 should have taken you to within striking distance of a final paper. You have your data, a thesis claim at some stage of completeness, and a grasp of the analytical writings in the field. These writings show us how you have studied the production of sociologically significant 1
identities or sociologically significant behaviors or forms of thinking through individuals’involvement in interactions in a specific social setting. Your Paper 2 ties all the strands ofyour work together.