Please read the Patten text:
Part I, Topics 40 & 41 from Required Text: Patten, Mildred L. (2010). Proposing Empirical Research: A Guide to the Fundamentals (4th ed.). Glendale, CA: Pyrczak. ISBN 1-884585-89-2
Draft the methods section of your research proposal
What theory or theories will you choose for the theoretical foundations section of your research proposal? Why? There must be at least one clearly recognizable theory related to the research topic, and it is explained well. All internal/in-text citations are mostly accurate, in APA format. References include all sources cited in the body of the proposal, alphabetically listed, and in APA format, with little to no errors in formatting. Spelling, grammar, and punctuation are mostly accurate, throughout the proposal, with very few errors. Abstract
Social inequality and the mechanisms behind social inequality that are heavily impacting the United States.
I will be obtaining my Master of Science degree in Family and Human Development. In my degree program, I will study the development of individuals, specifically children and families through social and cultural contexts. The courses I will take will include human development, personal growth in human relationships, marriage and family relationships and ethnic and cultural diversity. I chose my degree program in Family and Human Development to gain an understanding of the impact of ethnicity, culture, gender and professional life on an individual’s development and family interaction patterns.
Inequality means people have unequal access to scarce and valued resources in society. My research project focus will be on social inequality and the mechanisms behind social inequality that are heavily impacting the United States. The discussion will be based on the concept of social inequality in terms of the effects of status, inequality based on differences in esteem and respect, alongside those based on resources and power. Furthermore, focus will be directed on how wealth, race, class, conflict and inequality impact families and overall human development. The research will in end focus on providing a summary on how the aforementioned elements that lead to social inequality affect life changes. There will also be some solutions on how overarching inequality in the United States can be reduced and how equality can become a reality.
As will be demonstrated in the research race and color are aspects within our society that are strongly linked to racism. The people of color have over the years been discriminated against in the United States based on their national origin, religion, ethnicity or race. In this regard, discriminative practices against individuals and families significantly impacts on the understanding of inequality in the society. It is imperative to note that people of color are part of the minority groups in the United States. Furthermore, there is clear evidence that discrepancies in the society in line with discrimination against people of color is highly explains why there is social inequality in the United States society.
Where did inequality come from? Why does it continue? Do we justify inequality? Can we eliminate inequality? How? Can we make a society in which people are equal? How? My sociological approach will give me the methodological and theoretical tools to begin to answer these questions. As will be demonstrated in the research both individual and family status significantly impacts on the understanding of inequality in society. Status is highly based on disparities in American society in relation to esteem and the respect demanded due to ones social position. Furthermore, there is clear evidence that discrepancies in society in line with power and resource ownership, to a very great extent explains why there is social inequality in the United States.
Family and human development are very important aspects as far as societal growth and development is concerned. It is imperative to note that in this case, inequality is a major hindrance to societal development. Therefore, as will be clearly demonstrated in the research negative influences on the family and overall human development is attributed to discriminatory practices in terms of racial bias, class differences and conflict between different groups in the society – specifically persons of color. In the United States society the whites continue to perpetuate racism against the minority for various reasons. As will be explicated in the research the majority group is able to benefit from practicing racism. For instance, in terms of the labor force, each job not taken by a Black person could be job that gets occupied by a White person. There is inequality in the employment sector whereby priority is given to the white people. With respect racism, there are different perspectives and views of how it influences social inequality. The minority groups in the United States continue to suffer the effects of inequality and consider racism and discrimination as a major problem. On the other hand, the white’s tend to perceive racism and inequality as not being a serious issue. Furthermore, groups of people such as the Caucasians bare similar views as the whites and fail to consider discriminative practices on the American societal system a problem. Weitzer and Tuch (2005) focus on,” What is the relationship between inequality and economic development?” The ultimate truth is the community of the white people has the most to gain from the discrimination of minority groups. Where there are large minority groups, there are high levels of discrimination to occur based on the understanding that White populations stand to gain the most in those situations. This is a very important point of concern in the research.
In conclusion, social life of individuals is dependent on the influence of the aforementioned factors identified. Over the years, the issue of whether social inequality still exists in the American has been a source of great controversy. There are views from the public that support that it still exists while others supports the opposite perspective. There are different perspectives and views of how racism and discrimination against the people of color influences social inequality. Social life of the people of color in the United States is dependent on the extent and degree to which racism and discrimination is practiced. Over the years, the issue of whether social inequality still exists based on racism in the American has been a source of great controversy. There are views from the public that support that it still exists while others supports the opposite perspective. The American society continues to experience a major problem of social inequality that needs to be dealt with. It is crucial to note that some of the ways through which social inequality may be addressed is through the promotion of anti-racism campaigns as well as through government policies as far as the equitable distribution of resources is concerned. Additionally, the anti-racism campaigns will aid in the creation of awareness of the important of eliminating racists and discriminative practices in the society. This is because they significantly contribute to social inequality thereby interfering with family and overall human development and the society at large.
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