Income Distribution as the Leading Social Inequality of the American Nation

Follow these instructions and the written paper attached Final Paper: What in the World?! | 30%
Part II (20%)

Your final paper should be a minimum of 4 pages and a maximum of 5 pages long.

You will use a news article to introduce your topic.

 Adequately summarize the news article.

 Explicitly state the type of inequality you are focusing on, including the category of difference and the institutional sphere.

 Your discussion of the news article should not account for more than one-quarter of your paper (approximately 1 to 1 ¼ page, potentially distributed throughout the paper).

 Do not forget to cite your news source.

The remainder of the paper is an integrated, thematic literature review that directly relates to your stated topic.

 You will discuss at least THREE scholarly, peer-reviewed, empirical journal articles.

 You may use as many or as few additional resources (scholarly or popular) as you like. You are encouraged to cite course readings.

 A literature review is not simply a summary of pertinent information, but rather, a synthesis that reorganizes the information in a way that informs the reader of how previous researchers have investigated your topic.

 The purpose of an integrative literature review is to synthesize the literature in a way that generates new ideas about the topic.

 As such, you are expected to develop a thematic review that organizes the literature according to TWO or THREE conceptual categories. These conceptual categories should be sociological and should illustrate your mastery of key ideas/concepts covered in class this semester. (Thematic reviews do not present the research in chronological order, but instead shift between different time periods to make a specific thematic point. HINT: Almost every paragraph in your literature review should cite more than one scholarly, peer-reviewed source.)

 Your themes/conceptual categories should be clearly articulated in the paper using subheadings and topic sentences. Please note that your grade will suffer if I cannot determine what your themes/conceptual categories are.

 NOTE: Copying, pasting, and stringing your annotations from Pt. I together will result in a score of 0 on Pt. II.

 For additional information on “writing a literature review,” please visit http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/literaturereview. A link to this website is available on Blackboard.

Additional requirements:

 Conclude the paper with a paragraph in which you summarize and reflect on the main points.

 I expect college level writing with respect to clarity, sentence structure, grammar, punctuation, and spelling. Reading your work out loud is helpful for finding sentence fragments, run-ons, and other mistakes. Proofread your work before submitting it to avoid unnecessary errors and typos.

 Use 11 or 12 point legible font, one inch margins, and double-spaced text.

 All references must be correctly cited – in-text and in a reference list at the end of the paper – in ASA (American Sociological Association) citation style.

 Final Paper, Part II is DUE on Monday, December 12, 2016 at 2 pm.

 Save the document with YOUR NAME as the FILE NAME and upload it to Blackboard (via the “Final Paper, Pt. II” link available in the “Assignments” folder of the “Content” area).

 I will be more than happy  to pre-review and provide feedback on completed drafts of papers submitted to me by email ***

Assessment: Part II of the Final Paper will be graded on a 20 point scale. Fulfilling each requirement outlined in this document is necessary to earning a good grade.

Additional tips for writing your paper (from http://libguides.usc.edu/writingguide/literaturereview):

Use Evidence: A literature review is just like any other academic research paper. Your interpretation of the available sources must be backed up with evidence [citations] that demonstrates that what you are saying is valid.

Be Selective: Select only the most important points in each source to highlight in the review. The type of information you choose to mention should relate directly to the research problem.

Use Quotes Sparingly: Some short quotes are okay if you want to emphasize a point, or if what an author stated cannot be easily paraphrased. Do not use extensive quotes as a substitute for your own summary and interpretation of the literature.

Summarize and Synthesize: Remember to summarize and synthesize your sources within each thematic paragraph as well as throughout the review. Recapitulate important features of a research study, but then synthesize it by rephrasing the study’s significance and relating it to the type of inequality discussed in the news article.

Keep Your Own Voice: While the literature review presents others’ ideas, your voice [the writer’s] should remain front and center. For example, weave references to other sources into what you are writing but maintain your own voice by starting and ending the paragraph with your own ideas and wording.


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