How should I start off a sociology autobiography?

I have to write a Sociological Autobiography for my sociology class, im struggling with finding an intro. PLEASE HELP! 10points for the best answer! thanks !!

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  • Brad
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    8 years ago
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    Instructions on how to write your autobiography.

    1.Choose an aspect or aspects of your life to consider in a broader view. Are you a child of divorce? Did you have two working parents or a stay-at-home parent? Are you of the first

    generation that grew up

    with computers? Is your

    household liberal or

    conservative? Are you

    employed or unemployed? Have you ever been the

    victim of a crime or

    committed a crime? How do

    your experiences compare

    with those of others in

    similar or contrasting circumstances?

    2. Analyze how your culture,

    race, religion, gender, class,

    and the like have impacted

    events in your life and how

    you might be a part of a

    larger sociological movement. For example,

    how have immigration

    issues affected you? Are

    you are a child of

    Norwegian immigrants

    living in the Midwest or born of Mexican immigrants

    in the Southwest? Perhaps

    you are an undocumented

    worker, or one or both of

    your parents are. Place

    yourself and your experiences within the

    greater historical


    3. Determine the relevance of your experiences to the

    time in which you live and

    vice versa. If you are

    unemployed, consider

    whether your unemployment is part of

    the larger problem of

    unemployment during an

    economic downturn. If you

    grew up in the age of

    computers, discuss how your parents dealt with the

    issue of children on the

    Internet and whether you

    will raise your children

    similarly or not.

    4. Use sociological terminology while writing your autobiography. Using

    sociological language helped California State University sociology professor Alem Kebede's students distinguish their sociological autobiographies from

    "plain" autobiographies.

    Student responses to

    Kebede's project revealed another positive aspect of

    using sociological language:

    "unintended therapeutic

    consequences." Kebede

    found that using the

    language of sociology in a sociological autobiography

    "serves both as a medium

    of communication and an

    intellectual instrument of

    looking at the social world."

    5. Come to an understanding of how the sociological issues you address relate to your present-day condition.

    Though discussing personal

    events in your autobiography, the focus

    remains on the sociological

    concept you are illustrating,

    according to British

    sociologist Adrian Worsfold. For example, the sociological autobiography

    of a working mother could

    relate those experiences to

    the women's movement of

    the 1960s and 1970s or to

    the increase in women raising families on their

    own. A sociological

    autobiography should

    make connections between

    private experiences and

    public issues.

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