Soc150sp16.Paper 1 Outline - Sociology 150 Spring 2016 General Outline Comparative Paper on Identity Every writer finds his or her own style and every

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Sociology 150 Spring 2016 General Outline Comparative Paper on Identity Every writer finds his or her own style and every research project has a logic of its own that can shape the presentation of the work in a paper. You need not follow this template exactly, but you may find it helpful to organize the presentation of your interview findings on the development or learning of an identity, especially in a way that presents and supports a thesis claim. THESIS CLAIM AND “ARGUMENT” IN A PAPER. Remember: a paper should present a claim about its topic that you elaborate and support using evidence from your interviews and perspectives about social processes drawn from course readings. You thesis should state a claim that refutes, modifies, improves on, or otherwise responds to prevailing beliefs or current theory and scholarship on a given topic! Example of a thesis claim and argument: “In this paper I will show that, although the basis for membership in a racial group is generally assumed to stem form physical differences among individuals, racial identities and perspectives on the world that differ between races are learned and are the product of social experience.” Your paper might develop by presenting an argument to refute or moderate what others or even you have believed about social identities and the ways individuals acquire them or embrace them. Now that you have gathered interview data on the topic and subjected it to analysis, you consider earlier beliefs limited, wrong, or in need of some correction, based on your research. You are talking about the ways two individuals acquired an awareness of different forms of identity in the same category of identity (race, gender, occupational group, social class, religion, culture, sexuality, etc.) though their interaction with their social environments. You could use your interview data to argue that, although identities differ and the circumstances through which individuals develop them also generally differ, certain social psychological “processes” may be quite similar by which individuals learn about, come to awareness of, or learn to inhabit or enact identities rooted in social situations!

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