Essay Cove

Essay Cove

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The name of your textbook comes from a C. Wright Mills quote about sociology: “In many ways, it is a terrible lessons; in many ways a magnificent one.” Using this quote as a jumping off point, demonstrate how the structure of society disadvantages many people
within it (this is the “terrible” lesson) but also provides opportunities for positive social change (this is the “magnificent” part). Your
essay should examine how both elite and non-elite groups gain and use power within society. Explain the power elite who have
access to significant economic, cultural, and social capital and who benefit from hegemonic ideologies. Also describe how people form social movements that can wield interdependent power, organizational power, framing, and political opportunities. Your
essay should clearly define and incorporate all bolded terms (power elite, economic capital, cultural capital, social capital,
hegemonic ideologies, social movements, interdependent power, organizational power, framing, and political opportunities) and use clear examples from class material.
Your essay should have an Introduction and Conclusion, though these may be shorter than the other paragraphs in your essay.
Please doubles space your essay and use a reasonable font.
Your essay should have a thesis, which simply means a clearly articulated answer to the overall question that appears in the
introduction of your essay and is reflected throughout.
Each paragraph should have a clear topic sentence, and each paragraph should cover one main theme (not several unrelated ideas within a single paragraph).
DO NOT USE EXTERNAL SOURCES (anything outside of class) for your essay. If you do, that content will be excluded from the
graded portion of your essay. If you copy or paraphrase external sources without proper citation, this will be considered plagiarism
(see syllabus and course policy regarding academic dishonesty). If you are feeling stuck, don’t google: Instead, turn to the textbook, notes from class, or ask your instructors for help.
If you choose to quote the textbook, do so sparingly. You must include quotation marks around exact quotes and also include the page number from the textbook at the end of the quoted sentence, like this (p. 35).

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