California University Northridge American Ideology Interview Review Paper

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Choose someone to interview about class, status, and power in society. Ask the person who you are interviewing the following questions:

1. What does the “American Dream” mean to you?

2. What does it take to succeed in America today?

3. Do some people have a better chance of getting ahead than others, and if so, why?

4. How do you think the social class a person is born into affects their ability to make it in America?

5. How much of a person’s success or failure in life is due to things that they can individually control? How much is due to things that are out of their control (the economy, job opportunities, access to education, etc.)?

6. Do you think that income and wealth in the United States is distributed fairly? (ex. how much average workers make versus how much CEO’s make, the way that middle class people are taxed versus the way that wealthy people are taxed).

7. Compared to forty years ago, do you think it is easier or harder for people to achieve the American Dream? Why do you think it is (easier/harder)?

Assignment Write-up: Analyze the responses of the person you interviewed. In what ways do the person’s responses coalesce around or contradict ideas of: individual achievement, self-reliance, equality of opportunity, meritocracy, work ethic, class consciousness, individual responsibility vs.collective responsibility that were discussed in Chapter 8? In what ways do the person’s responses support and/or contradict the dominant American ideology? In what ways do the person’s responses legitimate inequality and/or question inequality in American society? Make sure to use examples from your interview data to support your write up and analysis.

Assignment Format: Word document 2.0 (double-spaced) 1 inch margins 12pt Times New Roman font 4 ½ - 5 pages long (approximately 1,500 – 2,000 words).

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Please view explanation and answer below.Hello there, I would like to thank you for the questions. I worked on the questions and I did the analysis based on the contract ideas by capturing all the questions in each contradict idea. I thank you for this opportunity, am kindly available for corrections anytime, please let me know your feedback

American Ideology – An Interview Review
Varying beliefs are at the cores of various societies worldwide, Liberal and conservative
components of America Society.This paper analyses an interview I had with a neighbour of
mine, Mr. Lee, a Chinese immigrant from Guangzhou Province. The analysis reviews his
responses in light of individual achievement, self-reliance, equality of opportunity,
meritocracy, work ethic, class consciousness, personal responsibility, and collective
responsibility. I wrote the paper analyzing the seven questions around the contradict ideas
which were;
Individual Achievements
The dominant American way of thinking believes that he could do whatever he pleases,
anything he wants, regardless of how inconvenient it is for others or just what kind of
detriment it is to the community as a whole.
Self-Reliance
It is the traditional method that Americans have believed to be the stronghold to their
freedom. For this reason, they have to be conscious and have to be ahead of the game so that
they have their freedom with them (Ferguson, 2013). As Lee put it's, Americans believe they
are the first and they have to do everything possible to remain at top of the world.
Equality of opportunity
My interviewee opined that the level of inequality is still high in the United States, especially
regarding income and such financial phenomena as taxation.
Meritocracy
In America there are two types of meritocracy, one is open, and the other is an exclusive
meritocracy.
work ethic

It was a good question that Mr. lee laughed at when asked. He said that there was a big
decline in work ethic across the board, not just in America but also in other countries as well.
Personal responsibility.
It is the preparedness and ability to admit when an individual fails to meet a particular
standard, they do not look around for a scapegoat or escape route but be ready to take up the
whole matter/blame.
Class Consciousness
The concept of class consciousness was relatively new to my interviewee, so I had to break it
down before getting his views. Mr. Lee told me that the U.S. is a class-conscious society as
various groupings determinedly pursue clearly defined groups' interests.
Collective Responsibility vs. Personal Accountability
The American culture is associated with a high sense of personal responsibility, I find my
interviewee to be moderately in support of it regardless of whether he prefers pursuing the
societal good more than individual gains.
Religion
In the United States, the words family values and traditional values have been used
interchangeably since the late 1970s (Schleiermacher, 2018). It implies compatibility with
modern Christianity.


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American Ideology – An Interview Review
Varying beliefs are at the cores of various societies worldwide, Liberal and conservative
components of America Society. It includes; science and theological competition, political
institutions, opportunity recognition, free speech, and rationalist and ethical elements.
However, from such straightforward viewpoints: materialism, libertarianism, and confidence
in egalitarianism, American society has inspired many expressions due to its geographical
size and ethnic diversity. Some scholars classify American culture as a surreal heritage, while
others identify it as American exceptionalism due to its versatility and particularly poignant
existence. This paper analyses an interview I had with a neighbour of mine, Mr. Lee, a
Chinese immigrant from Guangzhou Province. The analysis reviews his responses in light of
individual achievement, self-reliance, equality of opportunity, meritocracy, work ethic, class
consciousness, personal responsibility, and collective responsibility.
Individual Achievements
The dominant American way of thinking believes that he could do whatever he pleases,
anything he wants, regardless of how inconvenient it is for others or just what kind of
detriment it is to the community as a whole (Fuchs, 2008). This way of thinking can be
summarized in two words; Individualism and Freedom. My respondent, who confessed to
having been brought up in a strict collective society, finds the high sense of individualism in
the U.S. a little morally unsettling. In his Chinese culture, people mind their actions impacts
the broader society and find one person problem to be a responsibility of every community
member. In his responses, he strongly indicated that he prefers collective organizations as
they are more cohesive and morally upright.
Self-Reliance
It is the traditional method that Americans have believed to be the stronghold to their
freedom. For this reason, they have to be conscious and have to be ahead of the game so that

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they have their freedom with them (Ferguson, 2013). As Lee put it's, Americans believe they
are the first and they have to do everything possible to remain at top of the world. They
believe they are the leaders of the world, and the ideology of self-reliance will give them the
upper hand in ruling other nations of the world. That makes America succeed and achieve its
goals individually and collectively.
Equality of opportunity
My interviewee opined that the level of inequality is still high in the United States, especially
regarding income and such financial phenomena as taxation. In his view, he believes that
American society wrongly ...


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