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Participant Observation: A Study in Gender Roles

Have you ever thought about how much of everyday life is organized by gender? When you stop to think about it, much of what most people do during the routine of a normal day is categorized as either masculine or feminine. From the soap you use for that morning shower to the restroom you use when are work, much of what we do is influenced — even dictated — by what society says is appropriate because of our biological sex.

To explore this concept of a gendered society in more depth, you will use the Participant Observation Checklist to organize and conduct your research to identify and explain two examples of how society is segmented by gender at any single location in your community. You might choose a park, a grocery store, your favorite pub or fast food restaurant, a department store, or the local hardware store. Remember that you should be acting in both the participant and observer roles. Look around to see if there are obvious signs that gender determines some aspect of how people act in that location. Then, use the structural functional theory to explain how separating events, actions, or even merchandize by gender works to keep the overall society stable.

For example, if you chose to observe as a casual shopper in department store, one obvious sign that gender is important in how the store is organized is that there are likely two different departments for women’s and men’s clothing. That same department store would likely have restrooms designated for ladies and gentlemen, too. The structural-functional perspective would suggest that separating the clothing by gender makes it more convenient for shoppers to find what they want, and separate restrooms for men and women are thought to be necessary for reasons of modesty that are part of stable cultural patterns of behavior within this society.

Instructions:

Complete the Participant Observation checklist to assist you with organizing your research and to take notes during your observation. Then, using your observation notes, write a paper that has these elements:

  • An introduction that explains the research conducted and the purpose of the paper
  • Detailed descriptions of the two observed instances in which gender influenced the actions of people in the real world. Be sure to address these questions: Who? What? Where? When?
  • An explanation that incorporates the structural-functional theory to explain how gender was at work to keep society orderly in the social setting that you chose.
  • A summary that restates the main points of the paper and suggests one lesson learned from the observation that is applicable to your own life in a gendered world.

Your paper should be between 4 and 5 pages, plus a title and reference page. You should include in-text citations in APA format for at least one academic source in addition to the course text. You should include the Participant Observation Checklist when you upload the Assignment into the Unit 4 Assignment Dropbox.


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pittwins
School: UIUC

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The role of gender in society has
become one of the most studied and talked about subjects of the
recent decade. The transition from the gender trends of the 1950's
to the progress of today, gender roles have evolved into
something completely unique. In the early days, it was fairly
clear. Most women were at home with the children while the men were
working their suit and tie, nine-to-five boring jobs. The pursuit
of the American Dream was on everybody's mind and wholesome living
was the order of the day. These values were portrayed on television
on shows like Bewitched and before that, the Donna Reed show.
Here were perfect families in a perfect house living perfect lives.
The irony was that nobody's life was perfect and there are always
complications that try to interfere with keeping that American
Dream alive. Both Donna Reed's character and Samantha on Bewitched
were independent, strong women ready to take on the world. They
set the tone for the transition in gender roles that was
later to follow. After researching the history of gender roles
in society I will discuss how they have changed over time and what
the current trends are. I will also cite instances where gender
influenced actions in the real world.
In the 1950's, the Korean War and in the sixties, Vietnam
brought to light that there were more important matters than the
pursuit of stability and h...

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Anonymous
Good stuff. Would use again.

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