A‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍s a 4000-level, capstone-style seminar, you are expected to

A‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍s a 4000-level, capstone-style seminar, you are expected to complete an original research paper based on your interests and the knowledge you have accumulated during your degree program(s). Your topic must be approved, and your paper shouldn’t repeat work you’ve already done or that you are completing concurrently. But you have wide leeway to determine the topic, so long as it is resonant with “Economic Sociology” and/or the study of the relationship between “Markets & Culture.” The project should explicitly demonstrate an awareness of multiple views of your topic (inter- or intra-disciplinary, as appropriate). In addition, projects in which you collect your own, original data and/or systematically analyze secondary data are considered laudable. In short, I expect you to do your homework in reviewing relevant literatures, to seek advice, and to search for relevant sources and data. While you have wide latitude to determine your topic, some issues/directions are more compatible with themes we will discuss in this class and, hence, may provide you firmer leads in getting started. These might include: 1) The relationship between culture and markets. Throughout the course, we’ll discuss the ways that culture may or may not be ‘mixed up with’ economic dynamics. Possible topics could involve larger-scale issues like how cultural differences affect a particular set of economic relations (. think of Weber on religious ethics and economic decisions, among others, or, later, Zelizer on how “relational work” affects different fields); how culture may affect particular sorts of markets and institutions (. business practices or healthcare policies in different national/cultural contexts), economic organizations (. how do hospitals, churches, or charitable organizations grapple with financial ne‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍cessities?). Or you could focus on ‘micro’-level issues, like how personal or group relationships are affected by economic and/or cultural factors (. even in a local organization like a fraternity/sorority or campus organization); how the introduction of technologies alter cultural and economic patterns ranging from dating patterns to consumption habits; and so on. The final paper should be a polished, 10-12 page paper that discusses relevant alternative hypotheses or theories; develops your own argument(s); presents solid supporting evidence; and draws relevant conclusions. As above, you should have a clear hypothesis and/or argument, you should convey an awareness of alternate perspectives, and you should draw upon relevant evidence to support your argument(s). Generally, I would expect: 1) You have sufficient, appropriate sources that support your argument 2) You have articulated/shown an awareness of alternative views based on your literature review and/or course concepts, and explained how the evidence relates to them as you develop your argument about the topic 3) Your argument is informed by the theories, concepts, and debates discussed in or related to materials in this course. In the vast majority of cases, there will be a relevant set of concepts that could be applied. Failure to think through or to make connections to clearly relevant materials will be viewed unfavorably. 4) You accurately represent and appropriately apply theoretical concepts or arguments 5) Your paper is well-written, with a clear structure and logic 6) Your paper is grammatically and syntactically “clean” and polished 7) Your sources are in ASA bibliographic format. A brief format/style guide is posted on Canvas. I attached some source documents to help you with the paper. Please find other academic source art‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‌‌‍‍‍‌‍‍‍‍‌‍‍icles that help with the topic.

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