This assignment will give you an opportunity to apply some of the most important concepts in Chapter 4 to the life of Dr. Victor Rios. Please be sure to read and follow the assignment instructions detailed below very carefully and consider working with a Writing Center tutor (on Zoom or in person) for assistance with this assignment. Click here for a printable version of the instructions. This assignment is due by 11:59 pm on Sunday, April 24th.
Read Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. by Dr. Victor Rios.
Read Chapter 4, “Socialization, Interaction, and the Self” in The Real World: an Introduction to Sociology by Kerry Ferris and Jill Stein.
Type a four-paragraph paper by applying sociological concepts to the life of Victor Rios. Each paragraph should contain at least 200 words. The paper should be structured as follows:
1st Paragraph – Street Life Summary: Briefly summarize Street Life: Poverty, Gangs, and a Ph.D. You do not need to retell Rios’s entire life story, merely provide a summary of the important events that shaped his life. Helpful tips for summarizing an autobiography can be found here.
Do not be tempted to copy or paraphrase a summary from the internet or from the Street Life back cover.
This will be considered plagiarism and will result in the filing of an Incident Report to El Camino College;
in addition, you will earn zero credit for the assignment.
2nd Paragraph – Socialization/Agents of Socialization: What is socialization, according to Ferris and Stein? Include the definition from The Real World in this paragraph. What are agents of socialization? In his book, Victor Rios discusses particular individuals and significant life experiences that had a profound impact on his socialization. Identify some of these people and experiences and describe how they influenced his life and development of self. Direct quotes from the textbook and Street Life are required in paragraph two; be sure quotes are noted by quotation marks and followed by MLA style in-text citations.
3rd Paragraph – Status: Define status, according to Ferris and Stein. Identify and explain the four kinds of statuses discussed in the textbook and provide an example of each for Victor Rios in Street Life. Direct quotes from the textbook and Street Life are required in paragraph three; be sure quotes are noted by quotation marks and followed by MLA style in-text citations.
4th Paragraph – Roles: Define role, according to Ferris and Stein. Over the course of his life, Victor Rios experienced role strain, role conflict, and role exit. Provide an example of each (role conflict, role strain, and role exit) as experience by Rios in Street Life. Direct quotes from the textbook and Street Life are required in paragraph four; be sure quotes are noted by quotation marks and followed by MLA style in-text citations.
Structure: Four paragraphs
Length: Minimum 800 words (Minimum 200 words per paragraph)
Font: 12 pt. Times New Roman
Margins: One inch top, bottom, left, and right margins
Citations: The Real World: an Introduction to Sociology and Street Life: Poverty, Gangs and a Ph.D. must be cited in your paper. Direct quotes from either book should not exceed two lines and should be noted by quotation marks and MLA style in-text citations. Click here for information about formatting MLA citations. In addition, this video also provides helpful citation information.
Your assignment should be submitted as a .pdf, .doc or .docx file by 11:59 PM on Sunday, April 24th.
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