Read/review the following resources for this activity:
There is a strong tradition of writing both sociologically-informed biographies and sociologically-informed autobiographies in the discipline of sociology. For this assignment, you will be doing a bit of both of those. You will both reflect on your own life story, making connections between your everyday life or your life story and broad sociocultural structures within which you live, and you will also compare and contrast those with someone you interview.
The socioautobiography is a “disciplined, systematic exploration of one’s life from a sociological point of view” (Hill, 2009, p. 3). Also, the sociobiography is the systematic exploration of another person’s life from a sociological point of view.
To begin this assignment, consider your own life as you review all the textbook readings and online weekly lessons and decide which sociological concepts you wish to explain in connection to a part or parts of your own life story. Click on the following link for questions to consider as you reflect on your life:
As you consider your own life and as you create questions to ask the person you interview, consider the following questions:
Locate someone willing to be interviewed regarding sociological perspectives on a part or parts of that person’s life story. The person can be anyone you choose, whether in your family or outside your family. Be sure to inform that person that you will be writing up your observations from the interview in an assignment for your Society and Culture course.
In a paper, compare and contrast your sociological observations about yourself with your sociological observations of the person you interview. Address the following 3 important sections:
Include the following in your analysis:
Click on the following link for a socioautobiography/sociobiography writing tip:
Include headings for each of the three main sections of the paper:
Each of the three main sections of your paper must contain scholarly support in the form of quotes or paraphrases with respective citations from assigned reading (the textbook and/or the lessons from Weeks 1-3) and the outside scholarly sources that you identify on your own.
Writing Requirements (APA format)
This activity will be graded based on the Essay (W3) Grading Rubric.
Course Outcomes (CO): 3, 5
Book: Kendall, D. (2018). Sociology in our times: The essentials (11th ed). Boston: Cengage Learning.
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