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SOCI 101 (McEntee): Assignment

Finding a Sociological Source

Sociological sources, what does that mean?

Dr. McEntee requires you to cite sociological sources. A sociological source needs to be a scholarly source and either A) written by someone with a degree in sociology/working in the field of sociology or B) published in a sociological journal. So how do we determine if it is sociological?

A) written by someone with a degree in sociology/working in the field of sociology

Many databases have an authors' affiliations section for each article's record. It may indicate either their degree or that they work in a university's sociology department. You may also consider departments like cultural anthropology, human geography, or others mentioned in Dr. McEntee's course materials to be sociological in nature.

If none of the information is available, you can take to a search engine like Google to see what kind of information you can dig up about an author.


B) published in a sociological journal

Any journal that has sociology (and no other discipline named) in the title or is published by the American Sociological Association (ASA) may be considered a sociological journal. Some big ones to note that do not have sociology in the title, but are indeed sociological journals, are Social Forces, Gender & Society, and Continuity & Change.

Concept with NBA Player in the center and 4 spokes around it: race, gender, economics, and status. Race has African American, Black, and ethnicity below it. Gender has WNBA, wage gap, television contracts, and advertising revenue. Economics has low income, poverty, cost of equipment, athletic scholarships, and facilities desert. Status has basketball, athletics, sports, and professional athlete.

Unit 2 Test Source Requirements

Remember for this assignment you are required to find the following as a minimum:

  • 2 sociological sources
  • 2 semi-scholarly sources
  • 2 data sources (1 may be reusing a sociological source if it has significant data)

Unit 2 Test


This is a test of all your learning since the Unit 1 Test; specifically, you are responsible for demonstrating learning of the sociology in Wade's Chapter's 6 through 9 by applying theory and sociological thinking to demonstrate sociological interpretation of your choice of an achieved status or a specific social role.

Your choice of specific achieved status or social role is essentially your dependent variable; your test should rely on sociological reasoning/theory as well as evidence to describe and interpret lived experiences associated with either achieving the status or the role you chose as your focus.  Major concepts from this Unit, including intersectionality associated with race, social class, and gender should be used to describe and illustrate how the stratification system in the US works to structure achievement of the status you chose or the lived experience of the role you chose; you should also be able to use the Conflict Paradigm to identify interests associated with other social roles/positions in the stratification system and conflict with your choice of focus. 

Starting with a clear description of disproportionate representation of folks who have achieved the specific status or occupy the specific role requires the use of data sources and should serve as your introduction.

Specifics and details are necessary to provide examples to illustrate your sociological thinking/reasoning. Broad and deep use of the sources you've chosen is critical.