Description: For this assignment, you are asked to consider a


For this assignment, you are asked to consider a topic in social inequality that interests you. You may focus on a social group or a particular phenomenon that is important to the study of social inequality. You are asked to discuss structures and processes that perpetuate this form of inequality and give explicit focus to at least two professional articles or texts (see “Requirements” for more on what constitutes a professional source) as they describe the type of inequality you’ve selected.

You should describe the type of inequality, why you see it as important for study, offer a review of how (at least) two articles describe the persistence of that inequality, and offer summary comments about how you understand inequality in light of professional literature.

The purpose of this assignment is twofold. First, this assignment is a foundational part of your final paper. Your final paper will draw on this type of inequality and explore alternative social arrangements that might reduce stratification. This is a “check-in” assignment that forces you to think about professional literature and the final subject that you want to write about for your final paper.

But second, this is a chance for you to explore professional study of inequality on your own! When crafting a syllabus, instructors are forced to make decisions on what to include or exclude. It’s LIKELY that there are subjects that you would like to give greater attention to and this is your chance! The literature selection(s) you choose serve to keep you grounded in a sociological or academic lens.

You must explain at least two professional sources as they relate to the subject in inequality you’ve selected. By “professional sources” that means that articles should come from peer-reviewed academic journals or from books/chapters of authors that regularly draft in academic journals.

This is for your own sake! It’s very easy to find hot takes on Youtube or opinion columns on an issue. Keeping sources restricted to peer-reviewed scholarship lets you know that people are at least grounded in their worldview and that they are not making up/cherry-picking data. Format:
3-5 pages in length.
No more than 12pt font or double-spaced.

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