For this paper, you will write an essay comparing the socialization experiences of your interviewee with your own, highlighting the topic you chose. (See below for more details.) Explain and support your understandings using the theories and theorists discussed in class (e.g. niche and ecological models, agents of socialization, individualist/collectivist, development: physical, attachment, cognitive, identity). Don’t use all of them, just those that help you explain what you observe.
This is an essay so I expect both an introduction and a conclusion. These need not be separate pages or headings but they should be at least one paragraph each.
In your conclusion, bring in a discussion of how your interview added to your knowledge of socialization and its outcomes. How does this knowledge shape how you will interact with people in the future?
Format and length
The paper should be 600 +- 50 words. A paper with less than 500 words will not be accepted. Use APA format for cover page, citing and reference page. (You must have these) Double spaced, 12 pt. font, 1” margins. Include a minimum of one reference. Two is better. Three is best. Avoid quotes or references that are simply definitions or random stats. My professor wants to read my words, not someone else’s. The references should support my claim(that the importance of sleep is viewed differently among different cultures); they should be relevant, not thrown in just to have one. Submit as a Word doc (or PDF).
For background research and an initial reference, you can use our textbook. For a better grade, dig a little deeper by finding outside sources – you can start with the authors and articles referenced in the book. Use the library or try Google Scholar. Your references don’t all have to be from scholarly journals, but they should be of good quality, not an encyclopedia or Wikipedia, although they are good places to start. (They often have references that can suggest more research.)
What follows are suggestions. This is not a road map or checklist for how to create my paper or frame your writing.
What similarities and differences do you see between you and your interviewee?
Don’t just list the Similarities and Differences
Rather, describe in some detail the RELEVANT aspects
What is the cultural basis for the similarities or differences?
What aspects of the culture, what norms, are influencing the outcomes?
What kind of niche do they create?
How do the differences affect you and your interviewee? (What are the outcomes?)
How do these differences show up in behaviors, attitudes and beliefs, personality, view of self, experience, opportunity? For example:
If there is poverty – how did this affect you/your interviewee?
If religion is a topic – how did it affect you/your interviewee?
If immigration is a topic – how did it affect you/your interviewee?
One way to conceptualize this is: How would it be different if you didn’t have X or you had Y?
How is home life different?
Are there supports for dealing with mainstream culture?
Are there hindrances or conflicts?
Compare your cultural identity and experience – if this was part of your interview
Member of dominate or assimilate/acculturate?
Compare roles and rules, rituals and rites of passage – if this was part of your interview
Respect – how is it shown? Is it important?
Here are is the Questionnaire I put together. You will need to use this, as well as the answers to compose the essay and compare her perspective with mine.
Questions : Answered by Dineo from South Africa
Are both of your parents originally from the US?
No. Both of my parents were born in South Africa
Are you originally from the US?
No. I was born in South Africa but moved to the US when I was younger
What is your ethnicity?
How old are you?
How many hours of sleep do you get on average per night?
Do you think a full night’s sleep is essential for us to survive?
I do, however, I think it is appropriate to sleep once all of your responsibilities have been completed
What factors do you think attribute to lack of sleep?
Do you think different cultures have different views on sleep?
Yes. When I moved to the US, my family realized that americans are very lazy. I grew up in a single parent household and my mom always had to work harder than everyone else to survive and keep me fed and clothed. It is because of this that my mom always told me “you can sleep when you are dead. There will always be people trying to sell you out and stab you in the back. You just need to work harder and smarter than them.” This is why I have the views I do on sleep. In the US, a lot of people have married parents who have two incomes. In the particular city I live in now, Walnut Creek, there is also a lot of money. The kids I went to high school with never had to get a job or worry about money.
If yes to the previous question, do you think culture influences have something to do with this view?
Yes. With where you live and the color of your skin, I believe these all play a role into privilege and how you view sleep.
Do you think this is an important topic to research?
Since you have to compare and contrast Dineo’s answers with mine in the essay, here is a little bit about my views on the importance of sleep. I also grew up in a single parent household and was raised with the exact same views as Dineo. I used to live in Antioch, California, which is very poor and has a lot of gang related violence. My mom worked 2 jobs just to provide for us. My mom also tells me “you can sleep when you are dead”.
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