activity reflection paper


In this paper complete all the required activities and answer the reflection questions. This assignment will help extend your understanding of the unit topics and concepts to applications in everyday life. Please respond to all of the questions in paragraph form with the question numbers labeled. You should incorporate concepts from the readings into your answers and cite the readings as needed. The paper should be 2-3 pages


Question 1

Claims making is the process of convincing the public and important public officials that a particular issue or situation should be defined as a social problem. Claims are often made by ordinary people via activism and with support of mass media through slogans, hashtags, and logos/images (see image below as an example).

Select a social problem and identify the slogans, hashtags, and logos/images that help frame the problem.

  • How do these slogans, hashtags, and logos/images define the problem?
  • How do the slogans, hashtags, or logos/images attempt to raise concern for the problem?
  • Do you think the slogans, hashtags, or logos/images are effective?
  • Is the image or definition limited in any way?
  • Would you make any changes, additions, or subtractions to the slogans, hashtags, and logos/images?

Example image:

Vehicle covered in bumper stickers with various slogans.

Question 2

After reading the blog post about the sociological imagination and social justice, answer the following questions. How does the article connect the sociological imagination to social problems? Identify examples of the intersection of biography and history. Describe the difference between a personal trouble and a public issue with examples from the reading. How is this analytic approach different than normative US cultural ways of understanding behaviors as driven by personal responsibility?

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