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Think about the sociologists profiled in the chapter.
- Whose work seems most relevant to today’s social problems (e.g.: gender inequality, racial/ethnic inequality, homophobia, poverty, crime, health care, etc.)?
- In what ways are his/her work still relevant? How might her/his ideas inform current efforts to promote equality?
Here is an example of an initial post that would earn an “A” grade (it includes everything required from the instructions above):
Racism is still a social issue in the US, so I can see how W.E.B. Dubois’ work is still relevant. According to Schaefer (2019), DuBois focused his work on the experience of racial minorities so that sociological research could help contribute to overall racial equality. DuBois argued that research was needed on minorities so that their experiences could be included in social policy (Schaefer, 2019), and it is important to keep doing that now. Continuing to include all people in research so we know what everyone experiences and how lives are similar and different is important if we want to work to reduce discrimination. If it weren’t for DuBois research, we probably wouldn’t know about the double consciousness that he described as “the division of an individual’s identity into two or more social realities” (Schaefer, 2019, p. 12). Here he is referring to the dual-lives that people of color live as a result of discrimination. According to Schaefer (2015), DuBois “believed that knowledge was essential in combating prejudice and achieving tolerance and justice” (p. 11). This perspective applies still today since the more we know about other groups, the better off we can be as a society in terms of racism. When we understand that different races are not really all that different and how much we can benefit from diversity, we will be in a much better place as a society.WC 229ReferenceSchaefer, R. T. (2019). Sociology: A brief introduction (13th ed). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
Now that you have instructions and an example, select a theorist who interests YOU and relate his/her ideas to current social problems (e.g., sexism, homophobia, racism, poverty, health care, crime) and complete the assignment