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This assignment will help you develop your writing skills, analytical and critical thinking skills. You should use various scholarly sources (journal articles, books, or documentaries) to support your arguments. The assignment is designed to: (1) help show the relevance of concepts introduced in this course. (2) help you understand the meaning of sociological concepts discussed, and (3) help you learn to recognize and apply sociological concepts and theories.

Interview an older (60+ years of age) family member, neighbor or friend about their experiences and perceptions when they were younger surrounding one of the subject areas described in your textbook ( ex. crime, deviance, socialization, educational and religious systems, stratification, race and ethnicity). Incorporate sociological concepts from various chapters and at least one theoretical perspective in your analysis (Conflict, Functionalist or Symbolic Interactionist). Use your interview responses and scholarly sources (minimum of four sources) as the basis for our analysis.

Write an evaluation summarizing the information gathered from their interview and your modern day perceptions of race relations and compare/contrast the two. In the process, you should evaluate the following questions:
a. ) What messages do we receive from others about allegedly “positive” attributes or “negative” attributes of members of other social groups or our own social groups (ei. Social groups based on gender, social class, race and/or ethnicity)?

b.) How does early socialization affect our self-identity (include gender and/or racial socialization where applicable)?

c.) How does it affect our attitudes and actions toward others? Use the formatting guidelines below and review the grading rubric as a guide in constructing your assignment.

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Karen, a 61-year-old white woman living in San Diego, is originally from Woodbridge, Virginia, a suburb of Washington, DC. A mother of two children, she became a nurse at age 35after taking several years to work as a secretary in the court system and later to raise her children. She recently retired after working in nursing for nearly 30 years.
While her fellow friends had their mothers at home while growing up, both of Karen’s parents worked, her mother as a post office clerk and her father, a World War II veteran, at the local Marine base in the computer field. Both of her parents were orphans who valued working above all else, her father starting working in his family’s farm in Alabama, and her mother as a telephone operator during World War II in northern Virginia.
Karen’s first job was at the age of 18 working at her uncle’s car dealership with other family members. Although she went to college for one year, she decided to end her college career at that time to marry her high school sweetheart. Most of her friends continued their college career while she decided to elope instead and focus on working. She chose to work as a secretary and transcriptionist in various vocations, including the court system, before and after having her first child at 23. Her husband, a sheet metal mechanic, did not make enough money to support the family on his own, so Karen decided to continue working instead of staying home to raise her daughter.
Five years later after having her second child, the family finances were more stable, and her husband could financially provide for the family in his manufacturing position....
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