Moonlight

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Instructions: Chapter 4, Social Structure and Social Interaction, explores how structure (the external and coercive patterns of relations, social institutions, and social forces that frame our opportunities, dictate our life chances, and “push” us to behave in certain ways) influences everyday interaction (people actually doing-things-together). In this assignment, you will analyze the social situation(s) of a main character from one of films below in order to illuminate how structure and interaction intersect in social situations.

 

Moonlight. 2016. Dir. Barry Jenkins

 

PART I: In the first part, you will explicitly describe and explain what social structural factors influence the character, how they influence the character, and when they influence the character. Explain why these social structural factors are beyond the control of the character. Be detailed and specific. Refer to your class notes and to p. 103-113 in the textbook for substantive content that will help you with this.

PART II: In the second part, you will provide a detailed Dramaturgical analysis of a single interaction (or a small series of interactions). You will accurately apply all relevant concepts from Goffman’s analytical scheme to this interaction. As you argue that X is an instance of Y, you will be explicit and explain exactly how and why X is an instance of Y. Refer to your class notes and to p. 118-125 in the textbook for substantive content that will help you with this.

Your analysis will be typed, will be between two and three pages long, will use 12-point Arial font, will be double-spaced, and will have 1” margins all around.
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Part I explicitly and accurately explains and describes what social structural factors influence the character, how they influence the character, and when they influence the character. Part I also explicitly and accurately explains why these social structural factors are beyond the control of the character. Part II explicitly and accurately provides a detailed Dramaturgical analysis. Relevant concepts from Goffman’s scheme are applied convincingly.

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