Sociology 150Fall 2019Paper 1: Comparative Paper onDifferences in the Acquisition of Sociologically Significant Social IdentitiesYour midterm paper will be due electronically at bcourses ASSIGNMENTS on Monday, October 21.Students will be given an outline to guide your presentation of your observations about identities and your analysis of factors that shaped them.Think broadly, question deeply, and write concisely, with focus! The paper should run about 5 to 7 pages in length, with 12-point type, double-spaced, and one-inch margins. Remember to number your pages, write your reader’s name and group number, and include a Works’ Cited page.THE TASKHow do differences in TWO individuals’ experiences with the social world of different “others,” lead them to develop different, sociologically significant understandings of themselves?The paper should blend observations and reflections about the experiences of twoindividuals with specific, sociologically significant features of their identities. Discuss these experiences in relation to scholarly discussions about the ways identities are acquired – learned, adapted to, or assimilated to the self – and then used in making consequential social bonds.The authors we look at in course on sociological social psychology tell us in different ways how “self” and “identity” are socially formed through interactions and the exchange of meanings through a variety of forms of socially located symbolic communications. These identities are important to understand how and why we act in theways we do in the social world, with personal and sociological consequences.In this exercise, we ask you to consider ways that individuals are subject to social influence in the construction of their identities, and in the expression or use of identity in action. The focus in this paper is on the experience of the individual, or the self, as it has learned and enacts an identity. The emphasis in this paper is on “inner experiences” of
individuals as they learn the significance of their various personal and cultural attributes in the eyes of others, encountered through experience in the social world.(NOTE: The work for Paper 2, due in the last week of class, for which you recently submitted a study plan, will focus on the structure of the field of social experience, the world of interacting “others,”which shape individuals’ sociologically significant identities. That work will discuss in some details how a specific social context communicates meanings and contributes to the ways in which individuals exposed to the meanings in that venue acquire or modify their thinking and action, and thus identities. This midterm is about comparing different identities of two individuals and the different social sources of those identities.)PROCEDURES: InterviewsYour midterm work should be based on a reflective self-interview about the way you acquired what you recognize to be a sociologically significant identity -- or a sociologically significant aspect to your overall identity.