To successfully complete this course, you must write an essay based on information found in your textbook Sociology:
The Basics, Twelfth Edition, by John J. Macionis and selected readings from Seeing Ourselves: Classic, Contemporary, and Cultural Readings in Sociology by John J. Macionis and Nijole V. Benokraitis. The great thing about this assignment is there is NO outside research necessary! Based on the subjects below, you will choose one of the topics and submit a well-written argument based on one of the topics that is 750 to 1,000 words in length. Remember: If you use the exact word of any of the authors, you must use
quotation marks and cite the information properly. Visit to learn more about proper formatting of citations for both in-text and a reference page.
Begin by reviewing Chapter 8, Social Stratification, beginning on page 186 in your textbook. In addition, read Some Principles of Stratification by Kingsley Davis and Wilbert E.
Moore beginning on page 201 and Nickel and Dimed: On (Not) Getting by in America by Barbara Ehrenreich beginning on page 209 in your reader.
Sections of Chapter 8 discuss social stratification as either a positive or at least necessary part of society; the first article in your reader further discusses this concept. The second article by Ehrenreich focuses on the loss of high-paying jobs. Based on all that you’ve read, choose one of the readings, argue if a family can survive on a minimum wage income and if America can be America with the loss of higher-paying jobs
or if stratification is necessary and positive in America. The purpose of your paper is to use factual information from your research to persuade readers that your position on the chosen subject is the most suitable, logical way to view the topic.
Your essay assignment must include
1. A cover sheet
2. The body of your paper (750 to 1,000 words)
3. A reference page, if needed

As stated earlier, you are to choose one of the assigned topics and create a thoughtful, well-written essay of 750 to 1,000 words based solely from the sources provided (i.e., your textbook and the reader). If you use the exact words of any of the authors, you are required to use quotation marks and provide proper citations both in the text and a properly formatted reference page. If you don't know how to do this, please refer to citapa.htm to learn more about proper formatting of citations for both in-text and a reference page.
Format your paper using a standard font, such as Times New
Roman, 12 point, double-spaced. Set the margins at a standard
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