Your essay should engage our readings and critically examine the points and contributions these authors have made about American Ethnic Studies, social categorization, race, ethnicity, and national identity. A helpful tip as you write, is to examine how our readings might be in conversation with one another, how might they be in opposition, or how could the authors’ works augment one another.
Each student is required to submit a 3-page (no more than 3), double-spaced, document in 12-point Times New Roman Font with 1-inch margins that critically engages topics from our readings. Students should use academic voice and proper citation format.
Make sure to cite your work appropriately and accurately. Many disciplines make use of Chicago Manual of Style, MLA or APA citation style. Feel free to use the citation style appropriate to your Major discipline or use the Chicago Manual of Style online guide for citation assistance: http://www.chicagomanualofstyle.org/tools_citationguide.html
You should be using our readings as resources, but it is alright to use outside sources, as long as they are all properly cited within your essay and in a works cited or bibliography at the end of the document. *Wikipedia is not a valid source of information to cite within academic work.
Prompt for Essay #2
As we have read over the last few weeks, there are various levels of categorizations that we, as a society, place people in, or we place ourselves in; Categorizations such as race, ethnicity, gender, and class. What purpose do these categorizations serve and if we can see through them, what could that mean for our future understandings of categorizing individuals within the U.S.? How would shifting our perceptions of these categorizations change the manner in which American Ethnic Studies, as a field of academic study, explores the concepts of the melting pot, diversity, or multiculturalism in the U.S.?
I will attach all the materials which I studied in the recent weeks. Please use these materials to finish this essay, and you need to cite these materials.
American Ethnic Studies
Categorizing the society into the various categories creates social inequality where there is unequal distribution of resources, rewards as well as positions. Social characteristics such as race, role, and identities are used to differentiate and categorize people into the various societal levels which have implications to the society as a whole. Social categorization in itself does not mean aligning people into a hierarchy of power or privilege. However, categorizing people into class, gender, race, and ethnicity puts in the position of getting greater resources becoming a basis of social inequality in the society.
Social categorization plays an important role in the society. First, it ensures that all roles are filled. Without categorization, there are other roles that may remain unfilled. The gender category divides roles among the members of the society