Gendered division of labor in the underground economy
Course Paper Assignment: SOC 150 Fall 2015
While reading Sudhir Venkatesh’s book Gang Leader for a Day, use your sociological imagination to identify relevant social problems, concepts, and theories discussed in this course. When you have finished reading the text, you will be required to write a two to three-page paper using the guidelines below.
Directions for how to do sociological analysis of this text:
(1) Choose one of the following topics to address:
a) Gendered division of labor in the underground economy
b) Authority and social control in the Robert Taylor Homes
c) Persistent racial disparities in black urban neighborhoods
You may develop your own sociological topic ONLY with instructor’s approval
(2) Develop an interesting argument or thesis about the book that addresses the selected topic. Do not simply summarize the book; you must make a clear and persuasive argument that is sociologically grounded and relevant.
(3) You must provide clear evidence to support your thesis/argument. For your evidence, use three ideas, concepts, and/or theories from your textbook. They must be (1) relevant to your chosen topic, and (2) apply to the events and characters in the Venkatesh book.