sociologist must be able to analyze racial and ethnic differences in
different national contexts. Race and ethnicity are constructed
differently in different places and at different times. For example, in
the U.S., race is defined in a way such that two children with the same
biological parents cannot possibly be of different races. In contrast,
some countries, such as the Dominican Republic, define race in a way
that would allow for siblings (born of the same parents) to be placed
into different racial categories. In order to develop this skill, you
will select a particular country and analyze the ethnic stratification
within that society. For this assignment, you must focus on ethnic
stratification and conflict, including evidence of prejudice and
discrimination. In addition to a description of the selected society and
its ethnic groups, include an analysis of similarities and differences
in the society’s ethnic stratification system as compared to the United
You may select one of the countries on the CIA World Factbook website for comparison to the United States in terms of the ethnic stratification system.
The following information should be included in your timeline:
- Describe the selected country's society, focusing on ethnic groups, stratification, and conflict.
- Provide examples of the ethnic problems in that society, including evidence of prejudice and discrimination.
- Discuss what the experts say about ethnic problems (or ethnic harmony) in the selected country’s society.
- Compare the selected country's society society in the United
States. Evaluate similarities and differences related to ethnic groups,
stratification, and conflict, using specific examples gathered in your
- Conclude with reflections and thoughts about ethnic groups and the societies in which we live.
Academic research papers must meet certain standards of quality
recognized by the academic community. What constitutes quality, academic
- Primary (original) sources written by experts in the field of study.
- Secondary sources supported by research in primary sources.
- Credible sources (experts in the field; well-known theorists;
sources which use primary and secondary sources to support claims).
- Relevant research (materials are pertinent to the area of study).
- In graduate work, the use of peer-reviewed journal articles
(journal articles reviewed by recognized experts in the relevant field
of study) is required.
- Educational and government websites (those ending with a web URL
suffix of .edu or .gov) may be appropriate in some cases but should be
The paper must be eight to ten pages in length, formatted according to
APA style, and include a title and a reference page (which does not
count towards the page length). Support your points with examples from
the text and at least seven scholarly sources, three of which can be
found in the Ashford Online Library. For information regarding APA
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