Issue: “Third-world” women and reproductive rights
Come up with an argument of this issue
This paper should have two parts 1) the abstract 2) annotated bibliography
• 250-300 words
• The abstract should provide an overview of the argument your paper will make
• Should include 1) thesis statement or central argument 2) the main sections or supporting arguments 3) the evidence and sources you will use to support each argument
• An abstract is not the place for vague statements, should spell out your entire argument clearly
The annotated bibliography
• Five peer-reviewed sources (five bibliographies in total)
• Each bibliography entry should be 150-200 words
• One of which must be the article attached and the other four being sources you discover through research
• Use the annotated bibliography to show the research you’ve done and how it helps you to make your argument. That could take a number of forms, probably the most likely would be to begin with the article that serves as your main theoretical lens on the issue. You would summarize the relevant parts of the article and describe how it helps you make your argument. Then you might move on to another article that helps you develop your argument. This would be a second theoretical argument that you are going to use to supplement your argument. Perhaps it is a contrasting argument and you intent to write about two different ways of examining an issue. Following this, you will present articles that help you support this argument or provide empirical evidence. In each entry, you need to summarize the main points that apply to your argument.
Example of an abstract:
Throughout American history, African-Americans have endured racism through slavery and discriminatory laws. After the abolishment of Jim Crow segregation laws, one would expect African-Americans to slowly adjust and integrate themselves into American society. However, the recent rise in mass incarceration rates and the disproportionality of African Americans being imprisoned may indicate that there are forces at work that serve as an “exterior prison” (Wacquant, 2000). This exterior prison can be referred to as a barrier or a continuous vicious cycle that trap African-Americans and make it difficult for upward social mobility. The purpose of this assignment is to unpack how mass incarceration in the United States is utilized as a control mechanism to undermine African-American population through political, social, and economic forces. First, this paper will provide a historical background on African-Americans in the context of slavery and discriminatory laws in the United States. The politics behind mass incarceration and how the “War On Drugs” have contributed to the mass incarceration rates will be analyzed. Second, family lives of African-American communities will be investigated through social lens to understand how they are affected through mass incarceration and the ideology behind living in the “ghetto” will be examined. Third, the role of the economy and its powerful effect and contribution of maintaining and degrading African-Americans will be investigated in relationship to mass incarceration. An exploration of theoretical research using peer-reviewed academic journals will be utilized in order to understand how the three forces function to drive mass incarceration rates.
Example of an annotated bibliography entry:
Ken (1999) argues that the legislation determining status among Aboriginals is another structure that constructs indigenous identity. The consequences of this political identity have been a misrepresentation of many Aboriginals’ legal rights and the meaning of their culture. Since the 1982 Constitution Act, First Nations, Métis and Inuit have been recognized as Aboriginals, which has affirmed their rights, but the act also created the category of “non-status” Indians. This title was given to Aboriginals who married non-native individuals, attended university, or bought land, and meant the exclusion from reserves. Furthermore, the legal and financial role the government plays for status Indians accentuates the division between urban and on-reserve Aboriginals and consequently creates an economically disadvantaged and politically marginalized urban Aboriginal population.
This article is useful as it connects the legal structures in Canada with the identity of the urban Aboriginals. Ken provides me with both a theoretical account and historical evidence of the social and political forces that have constructed urban Aboriginals as a distinctive population.
*Note: this is the first part of the paper (proposal), and there will be a second part of the paper which is the final paper later on, so this paper is for preparing for the final paper.