You will choose a movie or book in which you are able to discuss sociological theories and/or themes. Your film selection must be a film with a release date within the past 3 years. You will conclude with the author’s perspective of the book/movie and sociological theme. The paper must be at least 1,200 words and in APA format.
|Excellent ( 4 )
|Good ( 3 )
|Adequate ( 2 )
|Poor ( 1)
|I. Student provides a brief description of the movie/book a. Give a brief description of the movie b. Define your social issue c. Define the writer’s theory
|Description is thorough but does not dominate the paper. (3/3 Met)
|Description is clearly specified. (2/3 Met)
|Description is specified; difficult to follow. (1/3 Met)
|Description is too lengthy and dominates the paper. (0/3 Met)
|II. Use of Text Student uses text to support the application of theory
|Student made excellent use of text to back use of theory
|Student made good use of text to back up theory.
|Student made poor use of text to back up theory
|Student made no use of text to back up theory.
|III. Identifies the social perspective used by the writer to present the issue to the reader/viewer
|Social perspectives are very well identified and insightfully examined.
|Social perspectives are clearly identified and accurately examined.
|Social perspectives are clearly identified; not accurately examined.
|Social perspective s are not identified nor examined.
|IV. Use your sociological imagination to show relationships between theory and life as it is presented in the movie/book.
|Produces an excellent summary and definition of the concepts and parameters of sociological theory.
|Produces a clear summary and definition of the concepts and parameters of a sociological theory.
|Produces an adequate summary and definition of the concepts and parameters of a sociological theory.
|Produces a poor summary and definition of the concepts and parameters of a sociological theory.
|V. Grammar and Spelling a. 4 -5 pages b. double spaced c. APA format d. grammar e. spelling
|Paper is very well written with regard to grammar and spelling. Student clearly made use of editing tools (e.g. technological, other people). (5/5 Met)
|Paper is well written with regard to grammar and spelling. Student made good use of editing tools (e.g. technological, other people). (4/5 Met)
|Paper is adequately well written with regard to grammar and spelling. Student made adequate use of editing tools (e.g. technological, other people). (3/5 Met)
|Paper is poorly written with regard to grammar and spelling. Student clearly made little use of editing tools (e.g. technological, other people). (2/5 Met)
Evicted by Matthew Desmond
Although affordable and decent housing is counted as a basic human right in the US many people do not have access to it especially in most cities of the country. Housing should function as shelter but in most cities, it is functioning as a profit-making machine thus leading to higher rates of evictions. Landlords and investors’ main aim is how they can make vast profits through housing thus leaving the poor and the most disadvantaged facing housing problems. Matthew Desmond (2016) has written “Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City”, a landmark book covering this precarity. In this book, Desmond use uses ethnography to study the effects of eviction. As a result, he spent time in the environments of his study particularly in the lives of the families he was studying. For instance, in the Northside of Milwaukee, he lived in a trailer park together with people who were threatened with mass eviction. The main social issue covered in Desmond’s book is eviction particularly the role it plays in perpetuating and creating poverty. According to Desmond, eviction is less than a condition of poverty and more of a cause of poverty. Therefore, Desmond’s theory is that eviction is not only a problem itself but also gives rise to inequalities and creates poverty through introducing hardships in the life of the evicted people.
At first, in support of this theory, Desmond states that eviction is a widespread and commonplace phenomenon that increases problems in the lives of often scarred families and their children. One of the mechanisms is that when people are evicted, they acquire a record that not only affects their chances of being taken into another housing but also affects one employment chances in the labor market. Moreover, when people are evicted, most of their physical and mental energy goes to searching a subsequent housing thus the search becomes the primary concern in their life at such a moment. As a result, everything else becomes their secondary concern including working, showing up in mandatory appointments, and ensuring that their children go to school. Therefore, eviction not only affects the evicted person when it happens but also has long-term effects. As Desmond (2016) explains, “eviction does not simply drop poor families into a dark valley, a trying yet relatively brief detour on life’s journey. It fundamentally redirects their way, casting them onto a different, and much more difficult, path” (p. 298–299). Despite eviction being a condition or sign of poverty it also reveals itself as a cause and as Desmond (2016) argues evicted families continue to face material hardships for at least two years after the eviction …………for help with this assignment contact us via Email Address: firstname.lastname@example.org