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Dillon, Michele. 2020. Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts and their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century. 3rd edition. Wiley Blackwell.    
question 1
Overview: for this mini assignment you are going to assess Adorno and Horkheimer’s neoMarxist argument about the prominence (and bleakness) of the Culture Industry in relation to your life. In what ways and to what degree is your consciousness impacted by the Culture Industry?  
Details
Step #1: Reflect on your life for a while—what do you do with most of your time, what type of things do you talk about with others, how do you spend your “spare time,” etc.  
Step #2: Using terms and concepts from the course, combined with examples from your own life, write a 600 to 900 word essay in which you reflect on the arguments made by Adorno and Horkheimer (and Critical Theorists generally) about the influence of the Culture Industry as it relates to your own consciousness and way of life. Does the Culture Industry represent a form of social control over your life/consciousness? To what degree and in what ways does it have control over your life? Are you complicit to Cultural Totalitarianism? If “control” is too strong a word, then how does it influence your life? How might this be different than, say, how religion or anything else controls people (in other cultures/historical time periods)? Please note: this mini assignment needs some thoughtful self-reflection to do well. 

From chapter 5 in textbook: pages 183-201 (Adorno, Horkheimer and Marcuse)

question 2
Overview: In this assignment, you need to pay attention to two interactions you have with different people. So, for example, you can pay attention to your interaction with your mother, and then pay attention to your interaction with your friend that you have at a later time. Notice how both of these interactions unfold, including what you and the other person do during the interaction. Then analyze both using concepts from Goffman. For example, think about things like: what you did you do to manage your impression of yourself in relation to the other person? what frame was used? Was more than one frame used? did you both cooperate in terms of what frame was being used? Would you consider this a front stage or backstage performance? Did you or the other person do face work, or help each other save face? Etc.
Details of instructions:
Step 1: Pay attention to two different interactions you have with people. These interactions need to be with two different people, at totally different times. Afterwards, take some notes of how these interactions unfolded. 
Step 2: Using concepts from Goffman, analyze your two interactions. For example, think about things like: what did you do to manage your impression of yourself in relation to the other person? what frame was used? Was more than one frame used? Would you consider this a front stage or backstage performance? Did you or the other person do face work, or help each other save face? Etc.
Step 3: Write a short essay explaining how Goffman’s concepts were relevant (or not) to your two interactions. Make sure to explain both (i) the concept and (ii) how your example (from your interactions) is relevant to the concept. 
Your essay should be between 600 and 900 words long.

 you need to read Chapter 8 from the textbook.
Question3

Overview: In this assignment, you design and imagine following through on a breaching experiment. If you are convinced that your breaching experiment would not be too disruptive (and therefore not cause problems for you or the other people involved), then you can actually perform the breach and see what happens. Either way, the goal is to then analyze (i) what usually happens to create reality (i.e. what common sense way of doing things was disrupted), and (ii) what methods would (or were) used to help bring reality around to “making sense” in some way for everyone involved.
Step 1: Design a breaching experiment. By this, I mean that you need to figure out what you could do, in your life, to breach everyday reality in some way. Describe this in Part 1 of your mini assignment.
Step 2: Imagine what would happen if you performed your breaching experiment on someone else. (Alternatively, try your breaching experiment on someone else—but make sure to only do this if you do not think it will be too disruptive for the other person involved and, as a consequence, will not cause problems for you or them). In Part 2 of your assignment, explain what you imagine may have happened (or what did happen) in your experiment.
Step 3: In Part 3 of your assignment, explain what you learned from your breaching experiment. Why would (or did) the person react the way they did? In what way did you breach reality for the other person? How did the breach show you the usual way in which reality is created? What background “common sense” knowledge and reality-creating methods did the other person(s) expect you to use in that situation? What background “common sense” knowledge and reality-creating methods did the other person bring to the situation? What methods could be (or were) used to “make sense” of the breach, and bring it back into a reality that everyone felt they could understand?   
Your complete answer needs to be at least 600 words long.

Please read chapter 9 from the textbook. 

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