Participant Observation: A Study in Gender RolesHave you ever thought about how much of everyday life is organized by gender? When you stop to think about it, much of what most people do during the routine of a normal day is categorized as either masculine or feminine. From the soap you use for that morning shower to the restroom you use when are work, much of what we do is influenced even dictated by what society says is appropriate because of our biological sex.To explore this concept of a gendered society in more depth, you will use the Participant Observation Checklist to organize and conduct your research to identify and explain two examples of how society is segmented by gender at any single location in your community. You might choose a park, a grocery store, your favorite pub or fast food restaurant, a department store, or the local hardware store. Remember that you should be acting in both the participant and observer roles. Look around to see if there are obvious signs that gender determines some aspect of how people act in that location. Then, use the structural functional theory to explain how separating events, actions, or even merchandize by gender works to keep the overall society stable.For example, if you chose to observe as a casual shopper in department store, one obvious sign that gender is important in how the store is organized is that there are likely two different departments for womens and mens clothing. That same department store would likely have restrooms designated for ladies and gentlemen, too. The structural-functional perspective would suggest that separating the clothing by gender makes it more convenient for shoppers to find what they want, and separate restrooms for men and women are thought to be necessary for reasons of modesty that are part of stable cultural patterns of behavior within this society.Instructions:Complete the Participant Observation checklist to assist you with organizing your research and to take notes during your observation. Then, using your observation notes, write a paper that has these elements:An introduction that explains the research conducted and the purpose of the paperDetailed descriptions of the two observed instances in which gender influenced the actions of people in the real world. Be sure to address these questions: Who? What? Where? When?An explanation that incorporates the structural-functional theory to explain how gender was at work to keep society orderly in the social setting that you chose.A summary that restates the main points of the paper and suggests one lesson learned from the observation that is applicable to your own life in a gendered world.Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages, plus a title and reference page. You should include in-text citations in APA format for at least one academic source in addition to the course text. You should include the Participant Observation Checklist when you upload the Assignment into the Unit 4 Assignment Dropbox.-After conducting research on a few government or organizational websites, develop a short scenario in which a person who is convicted of a specific crime encounters limited opportunities regarding employment and business opportunities, government benefits, and even social acceptance of that conviction. End your response by offering solutions to the barriers that the label has presented for the offender. Be sure to include the website or other references that you used to develop this scenario. Here are two search terms to help you with your research: consequences of criminal conviction.gov; collateral consequences of conviction.orgYour initial post should be at least 150-words in length. Your two follow-up posts should be at least 75-words in length each.-Document of about 250300 words. Your paper should be in APA format and you should cite all references used. Submit the Word document in the Unit 7 Seminar Dropbox.What are the dimensions of social inequality? How are these factors interrelated?How does social class affect values and life chances in the United States?What does the face of poverty in America look like?What does it mean to say that categories of race and ethnicity are socially constructed, and how does this social construction fit into the dimensions of social inequality?-What are three ways that social stratification is evident in the community where you live? Explain using detailed examples of exactly what is unequal and why it matters. Do you think that individual effort or family background is the major reason for the examples of stratification that you have identified in the community where you live?Your initial post should be at least 150-words in length. Your two follow-up posts should be at least 75-words in length each.Document of about 250300 words. Your paper should be in APA format and you should cite all references used. Submit the Word document in the Unit 8 Seminar Dropbox.What are the forces behind the changes in family structure over the past few decades?How can family structure perpetuate inequality?How do demographic characteristics (i.e., age, sex, race/ethnicity, disability) influence the way that individuals experience family life?Are the traditional stages of family life still relevant today?What do you think are the two most important functions of the family? Give at least one example for each function to demonstrate why you think it is important to a persons overall life outcomes. Explain whether you think that there is any particular family structure that makes it easier or more efficient to carry out these two important functions of the family. What examples or evidence can you offer to support your response?Your initial post should be at least 150-words in length. Your two follow-up posts should be at least 75-words in length each.Status AnalysisWhen you think about the statuses that you hold in society, does your place within a family figure in as a major part of your self-concept? For some people, being a parent, a son or daughter, or even a grandparent, is the master status that defines who they are and around which they build the rest of their lives, and they devote much of their energies to playing the role that goes with that status. However, this is not true for everyone. Some people view their career title or their life as a student as their master status. Others see their volunteerism in the community as the status that defines them. But whatever the master status, everyone plays out the roles for a number of statuses in even the simplest of lives. For this Unit 8 Assignment, you are to spend time reflecting on the statuses that you hold right now in your life.Create a PowerPoint Presentation that demonstrates at least four different statuses that you hold in society. Designate one status as the master status.Use selfie photographs to illustrate yourself playing the role associated with each of these statuses. Consult the Professional Photojournalist Protocol document for guidelines on taking photographs for this Assignment.The presentation should have at least 6 slides.Slide 1 is a title slide with your name, the course name, the Assignment title and the date.Slides 25 include pictures of you playing the role of four different statuses in your life (i.e., parent, student, pet owner, employee, good neighbor, community volunteer, patriot, etc.). One of these statuses must be identified as your master status. You are encouraged to use photos that you take of yourself in a natural setting.Slides 25 use the Notes section under the slide to explain the status being depicted and briefly describes how you play the role in that status. (i.e., This is me clowning around with my daughter in my master status as father.)Slide 6 gives a bulleted summary of the presentation, including a restatement of the master status.No outside resources are required for this Assignment, but if you do consult any references, add a 7th slide to list them in APA format.
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