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You are to interview three (3) people of a different ethnic background than yourself. They can be male or female. Try to get people of different age ranges, i.e. 20s, 30, 40s, 50s, 60s.You are to ask them about their experiences in living in the United States in reference to race/ethnicity. Do not ask leading questions, for example do not ask “how many times have you been discriminated against?” You do not want to assume they have, so instead you should ask “have you had any experiences of discrimination?” Allow them to speak in their own words. Your role in to listen. You should take notes during the interviews (this is your raw data) You may also tape your interviews if your interviewees are comfortable (please ask them beforehand).
Do NOT interview anyone in your immediate family or close friends.
May I interview you for an assignment I am doing in my sociological class regarding race and ethnicity?
What have been your experiences, good or bad, in regard to your race and/or ethnicity in the United States?
Have you witnessed or been a victim of racism or discrimination? How did this make you feel?
Do you think race relations have gotten better or worse over the last 10-20 years (depending on their ages)?
You are to analyze the information from your interviews, using the terms/concepts from chapter(s) 2, 3, and/or 9. You are being graded on not just the interviews, but also how well you were able to connect that information to the concepts we have learned. You may include issues of ageism, homophobia and sexism, but remember the assignment is about race and ethnicity. Therefore, that should be your primary focus. You MUST include your raw data!! Attach to the back of your essay. If you recorded email the audio to me by the due date of the paper.
Your paper should be typed, approximately 4-5 pages in length, double-spaced, fonts 11-12pt, margins 1 inch. No extra spaces between paragraphs. Your data is not considered apart of the 4 pages, you must include at the back of your paper. An abstract is not necessary for this assignment.
You are to interview three (3) people of a different ethnic background than yourself. They can be male or female. Try to get people of different age ranges, i.e. 20s, 30, 40s, 50s, 60s.You are to ask them about their experiences in living in the United States in reference to race/ethnicity.