Paper GuideIn this paper, analyze how a social problem is shaped or created by social structures of inequality. The paper is 2 – 3 pages, typed, double-spaced, and due May 12.1. Topic of a social problem. Educational Inequality2. Gather information. Make some observations. Look at social research data.a) Use research or data from the text or other sources. b) Observe how the problem affects your or others’ family or community. c) Observe how the problem is presented in the news or other media. d) Watching a documentary about the problem. Note: You can use information from other sources, but you must do your own analysis. 3. Analyze the problem.
Choose three or four examples from your observations and data to analyze.
First, analyze how the problem is defined. Look at: How the problem is discussed, the language and images used? Whose point of view (the powerless or powerful)? Does it blame the person or group or the conditions or structure of society? How does it blame the person or system? What is the meaningof how the problem is defined? How does the definition of the problem justify the response of the powerful? Second, analyze how social structures or conditions in society create the problem.How does the definition of the problem reflectand reinforce the social structure (e.g., class, race, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, disability,
global inequality, immigrant status, age)? What is the system that shapes the problem (e.g. capitalism, class inequality, race or white supremacy, colonialism, neocolonialism, gender or patriarchy, homophobia or heterosexism, disability or ableism)? How does the social institution create the problem (corporation, criminal justice system, media, education, family, politics, work, health care, military)? Who benefits from the structure? Who is disadvantaged?Use terms and conceptsfrom the text. 4. Write the paper.
Write the body of the paper first so you know what you are saying.Describe each observation or example so the reader can follow. Then analyze its meaning and then how it is shaped by social structure. Note: Be sure to analyze the meaning before jumping to the social structure.5. Write the thesis statement.Tie your observations and analysis together into thesis statement, the main point. 6. Write the introduction.Briefly introduce your topic. Be specific. Put your thesis statement at the end of the introduction. 7. Write the description of the problems and research methods.Describe your topic and research methods, including observations, data and sources used.8. Write the conclusion. Summarize your findings and restate your thesis. Be sure not to add new information or personal opinions, wishes, hopes, or judgments. 9. Title the paper.Give the paper a title specific to the topic (and maybe catchy).10. Edit the paper. a) Make sure your thesis fits what you say in the paper and your examplessupport it. b) Break up too-long paragraphs. Make sure they have only one topic and a topic sentence. Develop too-short paragraphs by adding more explanation. c) Check that your sentences are complete with a subject and a verb and have only one thought (break up run-on sentences). d) Check spelling and word choice, using the right word. e) Take out unnecessary words, repetitions, and tangents. f) Take out clichés and paraphrase wording from others.11. Format the paper a) Put your name, course title, school, and semester at the top, left or right justified, single-spaced b) Center the paper title at the top of the paper, no separate title page. c) Double-space (1.5) the body of the paper and use 12 pt. font, left- justified, and standard margins. d) Staple or clip the paper in upper left, no plastic or paper covers.