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Intro to Sociology: Case Study

1. Ask five people how they would define racism, religion, and family, and then summarize the definitions. Identify the similarities and differences in the definitions. Provide your own definitions of each and how they relate to each other.
a. You can use any means you want to interview people. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), email, or personal interviews are all acceptable.

2. Generate a chart with a list of the different patterns of interaction between minority and majority groups. The chart should have three columns:
a. One column for the models
b. One column providing three facts about each model
c. One column providing two different examples for each model

3. Develop a K-W-L chart for each of the racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Create three columns for each chart with the following categories: What I KNOW (K), what I WANT to know (W), and what I LEARNED (L). Complete the "K" and "W" sections, listing at least three things you know and three things that you want to know about each of the racial/ethnic groups in the United States. Then, perform research on the different associated cultures, and list three things you learned about the different cultures, and fill them in the "L" section.

4. Create a timeline listing the different stages of family life. Make note of any events, significant milestones, or problems that may occur.

5. Argue both sides (supporting and rejecting) the following statement in one to two paragraphs: The religions in the world will never get along because they are too different.

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Hello and welcome to BrainMass today! You logged in and asked for help with your assignment.

The only problem that I encountered with this is the making of the charts. For some reason, the charts become jumbled when transferred to you through BrainMass so I am unable to generate the actual chart for you. However, I will provide the information that you need for the chart so creating it will only take you a couple of minutes on your end with simple cut-and-pasting onto a chart document. I hope this is alright and again apologize for this.

1. Ask five people how they would define racism, religion, and family, and then summarize the definitions. Identify the similarities and differences in the definitions. Provide your own definitions of each and how they relate to each other.
a. You can use any means you want to interview people. Social media (Facebook, Twitter, etc.), email, or personal interviews are all acceptable.

I asked five people that I knew about this for you. Luckily, due to the wedding, I had a houseful of guests this morning! Their names are Nicole B., Jill A., Joseph Z., Dottie M., and Jack D. All of the interviews were personal interviews conducted face-to-face.

Race:
- Nicole B. defined race as people from the same place with something in common.
- Jill A. defined race very similar as she stated, that race referred to the origin of a person (the country he or she is from).
- Joesph Z. took a funny approach at first and said something that horses do but then said that it had to do with a person's nationality.
- Dottie M. said that it has to do with people who are from the same place with the same characteristics.
- Jack D. said that race is defined as people from the same place with the same roots.

I also thought that race refers to people from the same region with the same characteristics.

The similarities in the definitions were that all interviewed thought that race had something to do with where a person is from and the shared characteristics that they all take from this place. There were really no differences in the definitions other than some of the interviewees thinking that race had to do with physical characteristics (such as the color of a person's skin grouping them into a race category) as opposed to others referring to race as a place where a person came from.

Religion:
- Nicole B. defined religion as the congregation in which a person belongs to.
- Jill A. defined religion as the god in which a person worships.
- Joesph Z. defined religion as a belief or a creed.
- Dottie M. said that religion is a person's faith.
- Jack D. said religion is a faith that a person belongs to.

I define religion as the denomination in which a person belongs to.

Everyone interviewed agreed that religion has to do with worshipping a higher power. The difference is that there were different beliefs in how this higher power was worshipped. Some interviewees thought that it had to do with the particular group in which a person affiliates with; others thought it was simply a belief or a person's individual faith and their affiliation was not important.

Family:
- Nicole B. defined family as a household under one roof.
- Jill A. defined family as a group (related or not) with something in common.
- Joesph Z. defines family as the home in which a person belongs to.
- Dottie M. said that family is the generations of relatives that are in a particular household.
- Jack D. said that family is a group consisting of parents and children living together in one household. ...

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