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Social Analysis Paper

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Social Analysis Paper #1 Empowering Yourself with the Sociological Imagination Due date: September 19 (in class) Read “The Promise” by C. Wright Mills in our Down to Earth Sociology text, and all of The Defining Decade by Meg Jay. Choose a paper topic (see instructions below), and then do high-quality library research on that topic. You must make use of our two course texts, at least two books from Watzek, and at least two high-quality academic articles from Watzek research data bases in your paper. You will write a paper that is at least five pages in length, and that conforms to all of the requirements described below. Here is the paper topic: Use the concept of the sociological imagination as presented by Mills, and the social-psychological information on dilemmas facing young adults in the contemporary world as described by Jay, to explore a key challenge that you are facing at this time in your life. For example, you might describe a challenge you’re having in your college experience, review academic research about what other college students seem to be going through, and then reflect on the steps you can take to improve your chances for success. Or you might describe what you want to do as a future career, review academic research about that career, and then reflect on the concrete steps you might take in the next few years to realize your goal. There are many possible topics you could choose, and it is up to you to choose one. But be sure to examine a challenge that is vibrantly important in your life, and use our course materials and outside research to empower yourself to better navigate that challenge. Remember that your analysis must be well-supported by academic research. I am not just asking for your hypothetical ideas or personal reflections – I want your specific challenge to be located within contemporary social realities. The sociological imagination asks that we situate our personal experiences in their wider social context. Be sure to delineate...

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