Oral History Paper
This class will require a mandatory Oral History paper in which you are required to interview an elder in your family
and apply course material to their lives. You will examine the interviewees’ experiences at school, work, and home to
see how their daily realities reflect what we are learning in class.
Oral History Paper Guidelines
The purpose of this assignment is to enable you to explore themes that have been discussed in class, particularly
sociological theory, social stratification, race, class, gender, sexuality, globalization, the prison industrial complex, and
I would like you to select an elder in your family who can tell you your family history. More specifically:
I would like to know how you are related to the interviewee, the interviewees age, gender, nationality, marital
status, age when married, number of children, education, occupation and current residence.
Where they are from, how you arrived to the United States, patterns of immigration, and what it has been like
since they have been here.
Did they encounter any racism, sexism, classism in two of these four areas: school, work, in the home, or in
their neighborhood? How did these experiences limit (or not limit) their life chances? These last two sections
is where you make connections between your elders experience and the concepts in the class! This is the most
important part of the paper!
And last, which theory best describes their experience?
Throughout your paper, I want you to
the concepts/theory, as well as define the concepts you will be using. For
My mother’s experience at school is an example of
which is defined as “a kind of prejudice in which
someone believes one type of skin tone is superior or inferior to another within a racial group” (Openstax, 2016 232).
The paper must be 6-8 pages in length, MLA format, double spaced, with Times Roman 12 point font. YOU MUST
INCLUDE 4 OR MORE REFERENCES WITH CITATIONS AND A BIBLIOGRAPHY!