You will choose one of the section papers you wrote this semester and expand it into a research paper.
– Section Paper #1 (Immigration)
– Section Paper #2 (Race, class, gender)
– Section Paper #3 (neighborhood change and gentrification).
You will be able to recycle much of what you have already written, incorporate notes from the instructor/fellow students, and add original content to the paper. The structure will be as follows:
A. Describe the issue we’re dealing with in detail.
B. What is the large social issue you are focusing on? How does this research paper address the problem?
C. What is your main argument?
2. Theoretical framework
A .Choose TWO theorists from the semester (Marx, Mills, DuBois, Collins, Gramsci)
B .How do their theories lay the foundation for understanding the social problem you are describing? It is now time to go beyond just restating what their theories are.
3. Literature Review
A. Describe one article from the course in detail (excluding work from Marx, Mills, DuBois, Collins, or Gramsci)
B. Describe two academic articles you find yourself in detail. They must be from either a book or an academic journal.
*What does your research add on that’s missing from these articles. [Hint: part of your contribution can be filling the gap between the different articles. You are also free to expand upon, disagree with, or disprove arguments from other people’s work]
This part is new! To support your argument, find at least one piece of original data. This
i. An interview with someone directly affected by the issues
ii. Quantitative data from the Census, American Community Survey, or another legitimate source (hint: CUNY puts out A LOT of studies and reports with data in the. Check the Latino Data Project or the Center for Puerto Rican Studies, for example).
iii. Content analysis from newspapers or videos. 5. Ethical Considerations
What, if any, are the ethical considerations you need to take into consideration when studying your topic or population?
6. Analysis: the meat of the paper
A. Tell me what you think (as a sociologist)
B. Try to have your results speak to the argument you posed
A. Summarize what you did in the paper
B. Acknowledge the limitations of your work
C. Proposing areas for future research that builds on what you’ve done
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION TO THE WRITER
The section paper I chose is on: Neighborhood Change and Gentrification. I will post the already written paper on the above topic here, but it is titled, “Reflection Paper.” This paper has to be expanded into 6 pages following the directions or guidelines above for writing of this final paper.
I CHOSE THESE TWO THEORISTS FROM THE SEMESTER: Gramsci and Simmel. This
final paper should focus on their theories.
Gramsci, “Cultural Hegemony”
Simmel, “The Metropolis and Mental Life”
AN ARTICLE FROM THE COURSE TO BE DESCRIBED IN DETAIL (THIS ARTICLE IS NOT FROM ANY OF THE ABOVE THEORISTS):
Jane Jacobs, The Uses of Sidewalks: Safety”
from The Death and Life of Great American Cities (1961)
Describe two academic articles you find yourself on the title: Neighborhood Change and Gentrification. They must either from a book or an academic journal