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The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate your ability to synthesize numerical data and sociological perspectives. Throughout the semester, we have been developing our understanding of the Conflict and Functionalist perspectives. In this exercise, you will use the data attached from the Central Texas Sustainability project (CTSIP), a comprehensive evaluation of sustainability indicators in Central Texas, to identify patterns in numerical data and then apply each of the perspectives in explaining why these patterns exist.

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Inequality: A Sociological Analysis Assignment Overview: The purpose of this exercise is to demonstrate your ability to synthesize numerical data and sociological perspectives. Throughout the semester, we have been developing our understanding of the Conflict and Functionalist perspectives. In this exercise, you will use the data attached from the Central Texas Sustainability project (CTSIP), a comprehensive evaluation of sustainability indicators in Central Texas, to identify patterns in numerical data and then apply each of the perspectives in explaining why these patterns exist. Below is a suggested outline to help guide your development of the paper. Please pay particular attention to the rubric given on the following page, as it provides specific information on where your points will come from and what I will be looking for. Paragraph 1 Introduction State the issue and concept of what you will be presenting. Paragraph 2 Data State patterns in the data (below) and extrapolate possible social connections focusing on health disparities and inequality. Paragraph 3-6 Theory/Data Give a brief review of each theory (Conflict and Functionalism). Apply each theory as it relates to the data given by the CTSIP. Paragraph 7 Conclusion Synthesize conclusion of material focusing on the social implications present from the data. Elaborate on how these patterns relate to the larger society. Suggested Outline: Formatting Requirements: The assignment must adhere to the following formatting requirements: • • • • • • The paper must be at least 2 pages (no more than 5 pages) The paper must be submitted in PDF format The paper must be written in 12 point Times New Roman font The paper must be double spaced All page margins must be 1 inch Any text or other sources that paraphrased, quoted, or used for general guidance must be cited appropriately, using any conventional citation method you are familiar with (e.g., APA, MLA, ASA, etc.). If you are not familiar with a citation method, seek assistance from the instructor or the free University writing lab (http://www.unt.edu/writinglab/). 1 Assignment Rubric: Element of Paper Maximum What I am looking for point value Critical Thinking Introduction states issue 4 A paper with a clear introduction that identifies the issue Presentation of information 4 A paper that examines the evidence and its relevance Consideration of context and perspectives 4 A paper that recognizes the context and multiple perspectives Logical progression of argument 4 A paper that logically presents perspectives with use of data Conclusion with implications 4 A paper with a clear conclusion that addresses the implications of the data Addresses all elements 4 A paper that shows awareness of perceptions and assumptions Level of organization 4 A paper that is organized and cohesive Demonstrates awareness of concepts 4 A paper that demonstrates awareness of multiple perspectives Use of relevant content 4 A paper that utilizes relevant data in an appropriate manner Clearly delivers material and thoughts 4 A paper that presents a clear transmission of meaning and thought Identifies numerical facts 4 A paper that identifies appropriate numerical data Synthesizes numerical data 4 A paper that synthesizes numerical facts into perspectives Analyzes numerical data 4 A paper that analyzes numerical data and its implications Communication Skills Empirical/Quantitative Skills 2 Social Responsibility Acknowledges other perspectives 4 A paper that acknowledges multiple perspectives Applies other perspectives 4 A paper that applies multiple perspectives to the concept Acknowledges relation of perspective to community 4 A paper that acknowledges how perspectives relate to society Applies analysis to community 4 A paper that applies, in detail, the perspectives to society Total Points 68 TABLE 1: Percentage Reporting No Health Care Coverage across Various Income Levels 3 TABLE 2: Reason for No Health Care Coverage 4 TABLE 3: General Health Status for Various Income Levels 5
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Running head: HEALTH COVERAGE IN CENTRAL TEXAS

Health Coverage in Central Texas
Student’s Name
Name of Course
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Health Coverage in Central Texas
Introduction
The social disparity is evident in every community based on the social class that an
individual is aligned with and the social responsibility attached to an individual. Inequality in the
distribution of resources is a common problem that leads to various social issues that are rampant
in almost every community (Burrell, & Morgan, 2017). The desire to have more power and
resources shared amongst the few elite individuals in society have enhanced every kind of
disparity in our societies. The cultural beliefs and practices are in these modern days not doing
much with respect to unifying people because of the conflict perspectives that are practically
evident in our lives. This would thus be the reason why some individual in the society thrive
progressively at the expense of the minority in the community (Burrell, & Morgan, 2017). To
narrow the scope of social inequality or disparity, this paper will focus on the access to health
care coverage amongst the residents of Central Texas region based on the information extracted
from the Central Texas Sustainability Indicator Project (CTSIP) graphs. The functionalist and
conflict perspectives will also be utilized to explain the data.
No health care coverage by income
The data provided in this graph was in response to those correspondents who are not
subscribed to the health care coverage services in Central Texas. The information on the graph is
composed of individuals with the lowest level of income which is less than $15,000 and those
that earn more than $85,000. The individuals in the lowest tier of income recorded the highest of
persons who do not have an insurance cover. Consequently, the trend changes with an increase in
the level of income all the way to those earning more than $85,000. The high income earning
group records the lowest percentage at 4%, meaning that the majority of them can afford the

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health coverage premiums. Therefore, the conflict perspective explains the reason why this
particular level of disparity is evident on the graph. These people strive to earn a living based on
the limited resources in terms of an income whereby down the hierarchy, those earning less than
$15,000 are less advantaged compared to the rest upwards. Nonetheless, those individuals who
have access to more resources can do whatever they want because they have power and other
resources in the society hence becoming influential (Long, 2016).
Reason for no health care coverage
The economic factor is integral in explaining the data obtained from the correspondents.
The variables used in giving an explanation to the data portrayed in the first graph affordability,
unemployment, low-income rate and state of being healthy. The majority of the correspondents
with relatively more than 30% score indicated that their level of income would not allow them to
acquire an insurance cover with respect to their health. Losing jobs or the increasing number of
unemployed individuals was also cited as one of the key factors that have made the
correspondents unable to get health care coverage (Long, 2016). Nonetheless, some employers
do not have health insurance policies for their workers hence making it hard for these persons to
get health coverage. The conflict perspective is also crucial in explaining the scenario because of
the disparity in the socio-economic factors. The less privileged individuals will hence struggle
with life whereas the elite class might not feel the pain of struggling with economic issues.
General health status by income
This graph gives us the information regarding the general status of the correspondents in
Central Texas. The data also portrays the trend regarding the parameters stated on the graph. The
‘Good’ and ’Fair’ parameters depict a trend that decreases as the level of income increases. This

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means that the more people earn, the better the health services they subscribe to hence enhancing
their health statuses. The ‘Very Good’ and ‘Excellent’ parameters have a general upward moving
trend based on the increase of an individual’s level of income. Consequently, the trend on
‘Good’ health status parameter depicts a slight improvement from the low income earning group,
remains constant in the middle group and eventually drops in the high income earning group.
Conflict perspective
The conflict perspective describes the manner in which people in the society compete
over the limited resource in a bid to achieve self-actualization. This leads to inequality in
resources distribution hence leading to various social issues and disparities amongst the people in
a particular community (Thompson, Hickey, & Thompson, 2016). In the pursuit for selfactualization, people would strive to gain more power in order to control the distribution of
resources at the expense of the less fortunate persons in our communities. This principle would
be crucial in the analysis of the first and second graphs of the CTSIP.
Functionalist perspective
This principle explains the manner in which people in the community are able to interact
and coexist regardless of social differences that exist. This perspective illustrates the level of...


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