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This assignment requires you to hold a brief conversation-style interview with a person about 30 years older or younger than you. (NB. I am a 25 year old female)
Choose one topic from the following list: (a) class; (b) gender; (c) family; (d) religion.
Compare your respondent’s experiences
, when they were about your age, with your own and discuss the differences, and if possible apparent similarities.
Exercise your sociological imagination, that is, situate both your experiences
and the experiences
of your respondent in the relevant social conditions that frame these experiences
. Ask yourself what, in society at large, has changed over time to affect lives
in such a way that we can speak of general, generational differences in life experience
Draw on sociological literature (book chapters, articles, Reading, lectures, etc.) to back up your points.
Because of the brevity of the assignment you are not required to write a separate section on the interview itself. After a brief introduction, get straight to the discussion and integrate the interview material as you go along.
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Roberts, S. (2007). 51% of Women Are Now Living Without Spouse. The New York Times