SOCIO-BIOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS

SOCIO-BIOGRAPHICAL ANALYSIS(short paper worth 12% of the final grade). The objective of this paper is to illustrate on a personal level your connection to society and the significant others in your life. In writing this paper you are encouraged to bring to your consciousness the myriad influences that have shaped you in this rapidly changing world at the micro-level, societal level, and global level. Global forces have penetrated your personal world and have far reaching effects.

One of the manifestations of global change is the participation in virtual communication. The student will have to include in this socio-biography a discussion to the extent that such participation lends itself to the student’s sense of being a global citizen. It is a given that global change involves technological change.

“Who Am I and how did I get to be the way I am? Or–up to a point I am a product of society because whereas I have been shaped by my society I have also had a hand in shaping who I am and the views I hold ” Sounds easy? Not by a long shot. You might have to resurrect unpleasant memories, and you might have to ask friends and family members questions about yourself . Also you might decide that an important influence can cut both ways. That is to say, for example, while growing up you hung on to every word of wisdom your parents told you. In adulthood you decided to be selective in what they told you or even reacted against your upbringing. Is it not true that we tend to be selective in our reactions to influences from other significant people in our lives as well? Consider how you have been socialized and shaped by your society as well as how you had a hand in shaping yourself.

You may not think so, but you are a complicated person by virtue of the fact that you have been subjected to a tremendous array of influences we sometimes speak of as the experiences of socialization. And many of these experiences may appear to you as contradictory, confusing, or conflicting. Handling conflict within yourself is part of growing up. What you have internalized mirrors the conflicting nature of society itself within today’s modern world. Your religion may have told you that “thou shall not kill,” but as a member of the military that is to be your role as a combat soldier—to kill. Your basketball coach may have instilled in you about fair play, but in actuality he or she demands you win by any means.

In composing this paper you will have to establish a pattern showing how these influences are related. Do keep in mind that this is a social psychological paper. This means to link the larger forces of society that are economic or cultural which eventually reaches you, your family, your city and neighborhood. Suppose you were brought up in Detroit. Most of the factory work is gone. Your father has been laid off and joins the masses of the working poor. There is little money in the household. Or you perhaps your family immigrated from Islamic Southern, Russia and settled in Cambridge, Mass. As Muslims, the family members never really adjusted to American life. Or perhaps your parents are prosperous professionals as physicians or lawyers and they can afford living in Bethesda, Maryland, as well as sending you to a private high school.

  1. Brief description of yourself answering the question: Who Am I?
  2. Significant others: perhaps role models with whom you may identify; be they parents, grandparents, other family members, friends, neighbors, teachers, ministers, etc.
  3. Socio-economic status of parents or caregivers(occupation, education)
  4. Characteristics of the neighborhood(s) such as general income level, city, suburbs, rural
  5. Importance of religion, race, ethnicity while growing up
  6. Impact of growing up in American culture(consumerism? patriotism? Pursuit of American Dream?
  7. Influences from the media including TV, Internet, social media(virtual friends on a global basis). This may suggest that you are not only a member of your own society where you reside but you may feel a sense of global citizenship.
  8. Traumatic and dramatic experiences that have changed your life.
  9. Summary of related factors which (a) up to a point explains how you have been shaped by society(b) how you have contributed to being your own person in choosing and rejecting what you learned in your socialization in society.
  10. Five references to reinforce your important points. No limit on the number of pages.