In this paper you will apply the frame of the sociology of everyday life to the examination of an experience in your own life that connects with one of the themes covered in the course. You will explore the way this event was social constructed using concepts from the course and the texts. This paper should be written in the form of an essay, making an argument and supporting it with empirical data (including your own experience) and analysis. You will use the two textbooks for the course to deepen the analysis and support your case.
You will use the tools of critical reflection to apply concepts and methods from the course to an event from your own life. Patti Clayton, an expert on critical reflection, created the DEAL model of tools for reflection papers. In this model, the critical reflection involves three parts: 1) Documentation (wherein you objectively and richly describe a specific incident); 2) Examination (wherein you analyze the events documented in your reflection’s first part by applying key concepts); and 3) the Articulation of Learning (wherein you discuss what you have learned through your examination and the critical reflection process).
Start by thinking of an actual incident from your own life that relates to one of the weekly themes of this course (e.g. inequality, health, encounters with bureaucracy, etc.). For the paper, you should describe the incident, using empirical data to let a reader know what actually happened as objectively as possible with minimal interpretation. Then you should examine the incident, taking it apart and using concepts from the course to figure out and explain what happened and why. Finally, you should say something about what you learned through doing this, including some sense of discovery and figuring things out.
The paper as a whole should be written in the form of an essay, beginning with an introduction that lays out the project of the paper and makes a case for your analysis. The introduction should be followed by a descriptive section with an emphasis on empirical data showing what happened (what did you see, hear, feel, taste and/or smell). The analytical section will apply concepts to examine the empirical section. The conclusion should take the form of an analysis of learning where you say something about what you figured out through doing this analysis.
My paper should used from two books witch is 1) Nelson; power and everyday practices by Deborah Brock, Rebecca Raby and Mark P.Thomas. 2) Third edition; sociology in everyday life by David A.Karp, William C.Yoels and Barbara H.Vann