Social Inequality Essay
In week 6 you read about social inequalities in everyday life. For this assignment, you will give real world examples of how this manifests. You will conduct interviews with 2 people who are of different social categories about their perceptions, beliefs, and experiences with social inequalities. These categories can include race, ethnicity, gender, socioeconomic status, disability status, sexual orientation, gender identity, etc. Each person should fulfill two or more different categories in order to also analyze intersectionality. For example, if you interview a gay black man, his experiences would be based on the intersection of sexual orientation, race, and gender. You would then select a second person to interview who would intersect with different categories (Asian Straight Man, White Transgender Woman, Hispanic gay women, wealthy black woman, etc.). You can interview any 2 people you want, as long as they are from at least 2 different social categories (they can be the same on others).
You should interview them on their experiences, beliefs, and perceptions about social inequality, and the ways they deal with it in society. Make sure to provide examples of some of the experiences they have had and why they feel they have experienced social inequality. You also should explore which of their social categories they feel have led to the most social inequality (i.e. their race, gender, sexual orientation, etc.).
You should then compare and contrast their views and experiences. Within your comparison you should refer to the course concepts to help analyze and explain your interviewees’ views. You should reference the learning resources and other research sources to discuss how their cultural categories may have influenced their experiences and views. Make sure to also include a discussion on intersectionality. For example, if you are interviewing a white straight woman and a black straight man, you may find that they have had very different experiences with social inequality based both race and gender. Why would that be the case?
You should conclude your essay with a discussion of what you learned from your interviews and what you think should be done to address any major problems that your interviewees have experienced.