|Why is the middle class so difficult to define?|
|What is “essentialism”? Explain how John Gray’s book Men Are from Mars, Women Are from Venus could be described as essentialist.|
3.The sociologist Robert Merton developed a diagram (seen below) for thinking about prejudice and discrimination. What is prejudice, and what is discrimination?
|Discuss the no effect paradigm and suggest how Marlin and his brother could have had a better life using this theory.|
|Propose a social policy that would give children born into poverty a better chance of escaping it in their adult lives. What issues would the policy need to address? What social institutions (e.g., work, family, government) would need to be changed?|