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The focus of this paper is to explore how residential patterns affect intergroup relations. You will use research approaches such as observation and secondary data analysis to further understand your community. Remember, you should conduct the observation (Step 2 below) on the same locale for which you completed the demographic report in your Week Three assignment (Step 1 below). If you are currently overseas or have other barriers that prevent you from physically accessing a location in the U.S., please contact your instructor for alternative assignment instructions.

Step 1: Using Secondary Data
Use the data gathered on your chosen locality in the Week Three assignment, “Demographic Report,” and implement any feedback from your instructor into your paper. If more data is needed, use demographic data from the latest census (available online using the US Census American FactFinder (Links to an external site.)Links to an external site.) and identify the various social and economic characteristics (i.e., education, population, housing, race, class, etc.) of this locale. You can also check government websites for your state, county or city for data. Present your findings in two to three pages of the paper.

Step 2: Using an Observational Study
Next, spend 30 to 60 minutes observing your community. Go to a central place in your town such as the center of the city, a major landmark, or you can drive or walk to different areas and observe for a few minutes. Take notes of what you observe, including the types of people you see, the economic conditions, as well as the businesses or other institutions that are present. Based on your observations, what can you tell about the economic condition of the majority of people? Is the locale integrated or segregated? In this step, consider the information you have gathered in Step 1 regarding social and economic characteristics, and identify whether it matches what you have recorded from your observation. Be sure to compare the data you gathered from your observations to what was found in the census data and make note if there are differences. Present your findings in one to two pages of the paper.

Step 3: Analysis and Reporting of Research
Analyze your data and present your responses in two to three pages in the paper:

  • Describe how segregated the neighborhoods are in your locality. Be sure to consider the various social inequality indicators: race, ethnicity, class, gender, and perhaps sexuality for some areas.
  • Indicate if there are policies, practices, or specific circumstances that have created and maintained these patterns.

Here are some examples of aspects to consider: Historically, has there always been racial segregation or not? Was it traditionally an area of immigration from a certain ethnic region? Is there an LGBT community? Was it an industrial area that had a strong working class community, or is it a technology area with highly educated citizens? Have there been efforts to desegregate or plans in the future?

  • In Chapter 1 and throughout the text, you have explored several sociological theoretical perspectives. Indicate which theoretical perspective best presents your analysis of your locality. Describe why you have chosen this theoretical perspective and ensure you include detail on which theorist’s work is most representative.

The Research Paper:

  • Must be seven to nine double-spaced pages in length (excluding title and reference pages), and formatted according to APA style as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a title page with the following:
    • Title of paper
    • Student’s name
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Date submitted
  • Must begin with an introductory paragraph that has a succinct thesis statement.
  • Must address the topic of the paper with critical thought.
  • Must end with a conclusion that reaffirms your thesis.
  • Must use at least five scholarly resources, including a minimum of two from the Ashford University Library.
  • Must document all sources in APA style, as outlined in the Ashford Writing Center.
  • Must include a separate reference page, formatted according to APA style

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How residential patterns affect intergroup relations (State Of Georgia Analysis)
By: Jessica Lackey
SOC 101 Introduction to Sociology
Instructor: Dr. Wendy Vohar




Intergroup relations are the attitudes, perceptions, and behaviors humans show when they
think of themselves and other people based on social groups. Every human being belongs to a
social group starting from smaller ones like a circle of friends to large ones like gender and race.
When people feel they act as group members, they will exhibit what is called in-group favoritism
as they try to accentuate the similarities they have with their members. Factors like social status,
race, and policies may affect how different groups relate with each other. With resources being
distributed equally, economic income and social status are the main factors affecting intergroup
relations in Georgia State. The changes in the law have reduced the effects which residential
patterns have on intergroup relations although the past system has created a huge imbalance.
1: using secondary data
To understand better the effects of residential patterns on intergroup relations in my
community, I will analyze the State of Georgia. In the first part of the paper, I will focus on the
secondary data while the second part will include observational study in Tbilisi city which is the
biggest in the state. In this part, I will identify the economic and social characteristics of the
residents. The last part will analyze and report my findings from the research. I will determine if
there is segregation in the city and how it affects the residents.
Named after King Georgia II of Great Britain, Georgia is a state in the Southeastern
United States which began as a British colony in 1733. An increase in population was witnessed
after the discovery of gold in 1872 which led to the Georgia Gold Rush. The state has


experienced a moderate increase in its population with the whites having the minimum
population increase. In 2015, the state had a population of 9,687,653 which is an increase of
117,517 from the previous year (DADS, 2018). The number of illegal immigrants has also
increased reaching over 480, 000 in 2009. With such high numbers, Georgia is one of the states
with the biggest illegal immigrants, it holds the sixth position in the country for holding
undocumented immigrants. Majority of its population is made up of women who make up
51.30% of the population while men make up 48.70% (DADS, 2018). Most of these people live
in cities and towns with the suburbs accommodating a little percent. Atlanta is the most
populated city in the county with a population of over 500, 00 people (DADS, 2018).
The state is dominated by White Americans and African Ameri...

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