"Ain't I a Woman?" Motherhood and Status Deprivation
The proposed exercises are to be used in my Sociology of Family and my Society and Power courses. The exercise would seem to work best with readings or discussions of gender, family structure, social stratification and life chances. The activity begins with a modified version of an SSDAN exercise created created by Elizabeth Jordan, "The Explosion of Teenage Motherhood: Myth or Reality?" The concluding activity, exercise 2, is designed to give students an introduction to generating and testing a formal hypothesis.
- Have students gain additional practice in constructing and presenting evidence to test and evaluate ideas. (That is, constructing and interpreting numerical tables in support of substantive conclusions).
- Have students test a deductively derived hypothesis.
- Have students explore some popular notions about the explosion of teenage motherhood since the 1960s.
- Have students appreciate the difference between a psychological explanation (causes are internal or individualistic) and sociological (causes are external).
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(See The Practice of Social Research, chapter 2, or Glock, et al., 1967, To Comfort and to Challenge, Berkeley, CA.)
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