and look for examples of sociological concepts from. I also participated in the social environment and took mental notes of what was happening around me. Prior to beginning my ethnographic research at Thanksgiving dinner, I first made a list of possible sociological concepts to look for. During my research and observation, I immersed myself in the environment and interacted with my family by helping with preparing the food and greeting our guests. The first sociological concept I found most evident was the extended family structure observed. In addition to my nuclear family consisting of my mom, dad, and brother, relatives such as my grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins were gathered together in my family’s living
room. Unlike my nuclear family with whom I live in the same household, my relatives, or extended family, have traveled from other parts of the city or even different states for this Thanksgiving holiday. The second sociological concept I predicted and found true during my research were the traditional gender roles within my family. Throughout this Thanksgiving celebration, I noticed the women in the family, including myself, were typically found cooking the food, preparing the table, washing the dishes, and wrapping up the leftovers, whereas the men in the family were most often found watching football while they waited for the food to be ready. These roles,
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