- Pick some contemporary phenomenon we might consider a significant social problem (e.g., global economic inequality, environmental pollution, police brutality, trans and queer violence, global terrorism, mass surveillance, disease epidemics, fraternity/sorority hazing, serious drug use, etc.) and analyze its social significance as insightfully as you can from TWO of the following competing theoretical schools of thought*: Functionalism (Parsons, Merton)
- Conflict theory (Mills, Gramsci, Dahrendorf, or Weber)
- “Standpoint” theory (Collins, Connell, or Omi and Winant)
- Post-colonial theory (Spivak, Fanon, or Bhaba)
*You must select TWO different broad perspectives to apply to your case, but you may use multiple theorists from the broader perspectives of your choosing.
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