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The Sociologically Examined Life, CH 3-4
Create a cultural profile describing as many of your primary (unchangeable/present at birth) and secondary (changeable) characteristics as you can. This can be a list. Primary characteristics include: sex, age (birth year), height (at full adulthood), certain physical characteristics you were born with – color, appearance, etc., native language, sexual orientation, geographic region you come from, genetic intellectual abilities, genetic physical abilities, health, birth order, religion born into, ethnicity. Secondary characteristics include: occupation, educational attainment, geographic region you live, family composition – marital status, parent status, religion, appearance –weight, physical features, learned languages, military status, etc.
Discuss the different ways you appear to others.
How do you think you appear to others– colleagues in your workplace, people “on the street,” close friends and family?
What do these different groups know or think they know about your values, your fears and needs? [1-2 pages]
Schwalbe, M. (2008).The Sociologically Examined Life, 4th Ed. Boston: McGraw Hill.
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