For this assignment, first formulate a sociological question related to (i) occupational socialization, (ii) occupational culture, or (iii) occupational inequality. It is advised that you formulate your question based on a specific occupational group. Ask yourself: ‘What occupational group do I wish to research and write about?’ For example, you could focus on migrant workers, computer programmers, police officers, bar tenders, hedge fund traders, or morticians. Second, after reviewing sociological studies on your selected occupational group, begin asking yourself questions about this group that relate to one of the following sociological topics: Socialization, culture or inequality. For example, you will want to ask: ‘What is the process by which individual workers learn their occupational roles and identities?’ Or, ‘what are the norms, values, attitudes, stories and rituals that integrate and regulate employees?’ Or, ‘what are the major forms inequality that stratify this workforce?’ Third, after gathering the information necessary to answer these questions, formulate a thesis — a statement that is put forward as an argument to be supported or proved — that provides a clear explanation to the specific research question you have developed. Lastly, in the body of your paper, provide sufficient evidence — in the form of collected research findings — to support your argument and defend your thesis.
1. The first page must include your research question and thesis statement.
2.Papers must incorporate findings from at least five outside sources. Permissible scholastic sources include sociological peer-reviewed journal articles (see a list of recommended sociology journals at below) and academic press chapters/books.
3. Papers must conform to the following format specifications:
ASA citation style, 5 pages in length
Popular Sociological Journals:
American Journal of Sociology
American Sociological Review
Economy and Society
Ethnic and Racial Studies
Gender and Society
Journal of Contemporary Ethnography
Journal of Health and Social Behavior
Journal of Marriage and Family
Social Psychology Quarterly
Sociology of Education
Sociology of Health and Illness
Sociology of Religion
Theory, Culture and Society
Theory and Society
Work, Employment and Society
Youth and Society