To successfully complete this course, you must write an
essay based on information found in your textbook Sociology:
The Basics, Twelfth Edition, by John J. Macionis and selected
readings from Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and
Cultural Readings in Sociology by John J. Macionis and Nijole
V. Benokraitis. The great thing about this assignment is
there is NO outside research necessary!
Based on the subjects below, you will choose one of the topics
and submit a well-written argument based on one of the
topics that is 750 to 1,000 words in length. Remember: If
you use the exact word of any of the authors, you must use
quotation marks and cite the information properly. Visit
learn more about proper formatting of citations for both
in-text and a reference page.
Begin by reviewing Chapter 8, �Social Stratification,� beginning
on page 186 in your textbook. In addition, read �Some
Principles of Stratification� by Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E.
Moore beginning on page 201 and �Nickel-and-Dimed: On
(Not) Getting by in America� by Barbara Ehrenreich beginning
on page 209 in your reader.
Sections of Chapter 8 discuss social stratification as either a
positive or at least necessary part of society; the first article
in your reader further discusses this concept. The second
article by Ehrenreich focuses on the loss of high-paying jobs.
Based on all that you�ve read, choose one of the readings,
argue if a family can survive on a minimum wage income and
if America can be America with the loss of higher-paying jobs
or if stratification is necessary and positive in America.
The purpose of your paper is to use factual information from
your research to persuade readers that your position on
the chosen subject is the most suitable, logical way to
view the topic.
Your essay assignment must include
1. A cover sheet
2. The body of your paper (750�1,000 words)
3. A reference page, if needed
As stated earlier, you are to choose one of the assigned topics
and create a thoughtful, well-written essay of 750 to
1,000 words based solely from the sources provided (i.e.,
your textbook and the reader). If you use the exact words of
any of the authors, you are required to use quotation marks
and provide proper citations both in the text and a properly
formatted reference page. If you don�t know how to do this,
please refer to www2.liu.edu/cwis/cwp/library/workshop/
citapa.htm to learn more about proper formatting of
citations for both in-text and a reference page.
Format your paper using a standard font, such as Times New
Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Set the margins at a standard
1 inch on all sides. Since you�ve given your information
on the cover sheet, no header is necessary. The standard
style format for citations is American Psychological
Association (APA). If you need help with this, refer to
The books are Society The Basics by John J. Macionis Twelfth Edition and Seeing Ourselves by John Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis Eighth
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