Paper 1 Options

Please do one (1) of the following:

1) Interview a child about gender-

-What do they think are the differences between girls and boys, men & women?

-How do they know?

-What are boys like? Girls?

-Who gets to marry whom? Why?

Use information from the text chapter on Socialization and tie in your interview to the material in the textMake the text material explicit. In other words, what is it about the socialization process presented in the text that influences or corresponds to how children view gender?

The paper should be a minimum of 500 words of text with a word count listed at the bottom.

Points will be deducted for papers that are sloppily written and for those that are less than the required length.

Feel free to use some direct quotes from your interviewee, but do not write it in a strict question/answer format. Write it as a true essay in paragraph form.


2) In a public/social setting, like on campus, at a party, in a waiting room, etc., conduct a participant observation. Your job is to find gender, examining the situation ethnomethodologically- i.e., in terms of practices.

-Where is it?

-How do you know it when you see it?

-How is gender being socialized in these settings, reaffirmed, and regulated (enforced)?

Use information from the text chapter on Research Methods (Chapter 2) and tie in your observations to the material in the textMake the text material explicit. In other words, make sure your efforts to locate gender in social settings are guided by the chapter material.

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