In this assignment, you will investigate your own social biography to better understand your place within the social structure and how
this impacts your perspective. Then, you will use critical thinking and your own sociological imagination to imagine how your
perspective might be different it you were born and developed under different structural conditions. Finally, you will consider the four
contemporary sociological perspectives and evaluate your social biography using questions from the different perspectives.
Research and Examine what was going on in United States society (or the country where you were born)
1 on the day you were born (JUNE 12 1979) ; 2 during the year you began schooling (1984); 3 on the day you graduated from high
school (1999); and 4 on your last birthday (JUNE 12 2010)?
Look at the front page of your (or a) newspaper on these dates (see below for some resources) and record what you find.
Brainstorm and write down specific historical/social events that you remember impacting your views about the world. For example,
what events (not necessarily from the dates you researched) are significant in your memory? These might be local, state, or national
events. These might be news stories or events in popular culture.
After brainstorming significant events, choose the three most significant events and add those to your historical/social time-line.
Write a 2-3 page (typed, double-spaced, 12pt font) analysis of your time-line. Be sure to include the following points:
In what ways did these events impact your life? Were you aware of the impact at the time, or did your awareness develop over time.
How might your life have been impacted differently by these events if you: lived in a different country, or were a different gender, or
were a different race, or raised in a different religion, or raised in a family of a different social class? (choose at least two social
differences that might have changed your perspective about these events to discuss in your essay).
Resources for finding Newspapers
maintained by Special Libraries Association listed by state;
includes pricing and if articles are free and dates http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/archives.html
Special Libraries Association but International;
listed by country and includes dates and some pricing info http://www.ibiblio.org/slanews/internet/intarchives.htm
International Coalition on Newspaper; similar to International list above;
has a $ symbol for those that cost http://icon.crl.edu/digitization.htm
news archive from Google but not necessarily a newspaper archive http://news.google.com/archivesearch?hl=en
good list of the digitized newspapers; has dates and whether or not it is free on most http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_online_newspaper_archives