Assignment_2_Chang - DSOC 1101 Spring 2009 Assignment #2...

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DSOC 1101 – Spring 2009 Assignment #2 Due at the beginning of lecture on Monday April 6, 2009 As you have learned in recent weeks, the stratification that exists among different groups of individuals is not only real but also has important consequences. These structured inequalities influence an individual’s ability to achieve economic prosperity, educational attainment, and social mobility to improve their quality of life, referred to as life chances by sociologists (see page 219 of your textbook for a discussion of this concept). As the authors of your textbook points out in chapters 8 through 11, your social class, race, family structure, gender, and community in which you grew up greatly affect your life chances. For example, research indicates that the circumstances in which a child grows up have an enormous effect on later outcomes, in areas including education, income, employment and self-esteem. What's more, despite the opportunities presented by educational, economic and social change, family origins continue to exert a strong influence on adult outcomes. In this assignment you will use 2000 U.S. Census data to examine how differences in race, income, education, and family structure to examine interact to (re)produce social inequalities within and between four different counties. The four counties used in this assignment include Tunica County, MS; Bennett County, SD; Contra Costa County, CA; and the county in which your hometown is located. If you are an international student or your hometown is one of the counties already being used in the assignment, use Tompkins County, NY (home of the Big Red) to complete the column for hometown county. Given the importance of social context on life chances, you will want to take some time to locate information about each of the counties. Instructions There are two parts to this assignment. In Part I you will create a table using U.S. census data. The table will include data on race by population, educational attainment, income, and household/family structure for each of the four counties. A template for the table is provided; all you need to do is fill in the cells using data from CensusScope (instructions below). In Part II you will analyze the data in Table 1 and reflect on its sociological implications in a 4-page essay. Part I – Instructions (Table 1)
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This note was uploaded on 09/18/2010 for the course DSOC 1101 taught by Professor Hirshel during the Spring '07 term at Cornell.

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Assignment_2_Chang - DSOC 1101 Spring 2009 Assignment #2...

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