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Please watch the following video as part of your writing assignment.
Click here to see: Women by Women
(https://archive.org/details/woman_by_woman). If the video does not open, please use another
browser, like Mozilla Firefox.
Then, write a 1-page summary and reaction to the video.
Page 2 and forward: Analyze the video based on ONE of the theoretical perspective’s Structural
functionalism, Symbolic Interactionism, or Conflict. The choice is yours. Choose the
perspective you are most comfortable with, and along with your notes and textbook analyze the
video. Make sure your examples are clear and that your explanations are thorough. Your
explanation could seal the deal for you! You must clearly justify why your example is in line
with the chosen perspective. DO NOT provide examples about different perspectives. You must
choose only one.
In sum, you must have 3 specific examples from the video WITH explanations of ONE of
Symbolic Inter-actionism OR
Your paper should total approximately 3-4 pages total, typed, double spaced.
Please submit 1 paper that includes the reaction AND the analysis.
Below is a simplified example of how an analysis should be completed. Note that I expect much
more detail, and that your examples must come from the video.
The analysis is the most critical part of the paper, and that is where you need to apply the theory
you feel most comfortable with. For example, if you were given a scenario about people in the
US who live in an adult community. The story provided details about the lifestyle and
expectations. It also went into the expenses and how most people are not able to afford to live
You have 3 choices to pick from. For example, if you decide on the Functionalist perspective,
you could say that the nursing home serves a positive (manifest) function, because older people
are provided with a place to live where they are cared for. In addition, they have entertainment
and a chance to make new friends.
The symbolic interactionist perspective would focus on the symbols that are present. First, the
word "adult community" implies that you must be 55 years or older to live there. A symbol of
being old is: gray hair, walkers, wrinkles etc.
The conflict perspective would look at inequality. They would address the cost of living in such
a community. They would talk about the fact that the poor cannot afford to live in such a
community and they are therefore at a disadvantage.
Remember, you are expected to choose only one of the perspectives. It's easier if you use the
key words in your response:
Functionalism - balance or purpose
Conflict - inequality
Symbolic Interactionism - symbols
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