An original research paper is required from every student. Since our case studies are on work and family, students may choose whether to focus their interview questions in their papers on the workplace or on the family. Each student will choose an interviewee and ask them questions geared to work or family. (Please only use the interview questions posted on Canvas.) The bio for the interviewee for the final research paper is due November 5. These papers require a good deal of planning (as detailed below). For the workplace paper, students must choose one or two of the workplace case studies (e.g., Ehrenreich, Padavic, Gill, and any other class text that includes work such as The Inside Job and Abacus) and for the family paper, one or two of the family case studies (e.g., Stack, Hochschild, Daddy and Papa, Abacus, or MacLeod). Though you may include films, you must have at least one written text. Though you can include all class texts, including supportive reference materials such as Galinsky and press articles and podcasts we listen to in class, at least one written case study must be analyzed in your paper. Case studies and your original research must be interpreted from one or two of the sociological perspectives that we cover (functionalism/consensus theory, exchange theory/rational choice, symbolic interaction, or conflict theory). I suggest that if you choose one case study then choose two theories; if you choose two case studies then choose one theory. Remember, your mission in the paper is to demonstrate your mastery of the subject matter. Interpretations must therefore use the language and concepts of the theory (e.g., for Functionalism, a student might apply Durkheim’s concept of rituals or Merton’s notion of the net aggregate of functions/dysfunctions). For conflict theory, a student might choose the concepts of alienation or ideology. It is not merely enough to say something is “functional” or that there is “conflict” in the ordinary language use of these words. The “Notes on the Four Sociological Paradigms” posted on Canvas give a concise explanation of theories and concepts, and we will discuss these at length in class as well. Make sure you define your terms. That is, define the paradigm (theory or theories) and concept(s) you are using. Make sure you point out the limitations of the theories rather than apply them non- critically. Remember to use proper citation form and always give authors credit for their ideas. In addition to interpreting some of the in-class case studies, students gather original qualitative research. Students will choose one person to interview for the paper, and provide a brief bio, time of interview, and pseudonym for their interviewee. Open-ended, general questions for each paper are posted on Canvas. Students may choose to ask any of the questions on the list. Students must use the interview questions listed only and not deviate from these questions, or ask probing, personal, or loaded questions. Students must include the interview questions along with the interviewee’s answers at the end of the paper – this is your raw data. IMPORTANT: Due November 5 are 1. A pseudonym for your interviewee (no real names please and no family members can be used for interviewees), 2. A brief bio of your interviewee, and 3. The time you have scheduled for the interview. Please also indicate whether you will write a family or a workplace paper. After the interview, students will decide which sociological perspective(s) to apply to their interview and to one or two of the case studies we have read.