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Requirements for the essay:

  • 1,800+ words demonstrating critical engagement with the texts.
  • At least two secondary sources.
  • A primary source (interview or personal memoir/autobiography). 
  • Phantoms
  • Saul McLeod’s “Social Identity Theory” or Intersectional Theory
  • MLA 8 format and documentation.
  • An audience of your peers

Option 1

“The central hypothesis of social identity theory is that group members of an in-group will seek to find negative aspects of an out-group, thus enhancing their [own] self-image.” –Henri Tajfel Using a close, careful, thoughtful analysis of the social, economic, personal, legal, and political discrimination against some social group in historical and present day America, apply and evaluate Social Identity Theory as means for understanding or explaining why society draws social distinctions between groups of people in Phantoms and in contemporary American society.

Option 2

Using a close, careful, thoughtful analysis of the social, economic, personal, legal, and political discrimination against some social group in historical and present day America, apply and evaluate Social Identity Theory to explain how individuals understand and manage questions of identity and discrimination in their personal lives or social situations. 

Option 3

Using a close, careful, thoughtful analysis of the social, economic, personal, legal, and political discrimination against some social groups in historical and present-day America, substitute Intersectional Theory for Social Identity Theory for either Option 1 or Option 2.

 

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