Autoethnography based on core component
you will write an autoethnography, a type of sociology essay that draws upon personal experience to extend sociological understanding.
More specifically, you will research and analyze one core component of your self-identity (self-image) as a member of a clearly defined community. You will explore this core component of your identity via anecdotes from your personal history, using those anecdotes to make an argument about the larger community as a whole (as well as how society perceives that community).
Possible arguments include (but are not limited to) one of the following approaches:
1. showing how your experience as part of a community reflects how society at large misunderstands that community
2. showing how your experience in a community reflects how that community is important to society in some way
3. showing how your experience in a community reflects a crisis/problem within that community (and explaining why society should be concerned about such a crisis)
4. showing how your experience in a community reflects the way in which that community influences how its members interact with society at large.
Again, it is essential to remember that your audience is interested not only in the personal ramifications of your analysis (what your research reveals about your identity) but also the larger societal implications of your analysis (what your research reveals about the culture you define and other people’s perceptions of that culture).
You will be doing some outside research to help explain your culture/community and its connections to mainstream society at this particular moment in time. Two citations from your research need to be incorporated into the essay.
The voice of the essay should be academic. You should consider how to incorporate and present the language (dialect/slang/jargon) of your community within an academic context.
Throughout the essay, you need to explain why the core component is so important to your self-definition, and what you have learned from this autobiographical exploration.
Must have a (strong/unique/complex/interesting/important) argument involving the larger societal implications of your self-analysis.
Must have a clear, argumentative structure (all body paragraphs are CEA-based).
Must use two secondary (scholarly) sources.
Must use Anecdoting (story structure and interpreting).
Must be stylistically effective
Must be free of grammatical/mechanical error.