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Literature Review

Interview/Literature Review Paper: (25 Points)

Due Module 12

For this paper, each student should interview someone who is different from the student by race and one other dimension of intersectionality.  The student will also conduct a literature review related to the interviewee.  Once the interview and literature review are completed, write a 10 to 12 pages, double-spaced paper with 1-inch margins and 12-point font. Title page, abstract, and references are not included in the required page count.  Cite the literature you draw from using APA style (use a minimum of 5-7 citations).  Each page must be fully covered.  In order to protect confidentiality, use codenames for your interviewee. In addition to a Title Page, Abstract, Introduction, Conclusion, and References, the paper structure is outlined below. Use this outline in your paper:

I: Interview

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In this paper, you are asked to interview someone of a different race and one other dimension of intersectionality: ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, disability and ability, class, immigration status, and religion.  Ask the questions from the topic area that corresponds to your interviewee’s group.  (These starter interview questions are provided with the writing tips handout.  Additional questions should be added by the student and included in the paper.  Provide a single-spaced verbatim of the interview.)  Before you begin your interview, remember to inform your interviewee that their participation is completely voluntary, that they can refuse to answer any or all questions, and their identity will be kept confidential.  Again, be sure to omit any identifying information from your paper.  You should participate together in a social activity where your interviewee’s group is in the majority (dinner, club, movie, cultural event, etc.) before engaging in the interview.  (Note: Given the pandemic, this can be a virtual event.) Describe the social event at the start of your paper.  This is followed by the complete interview, word-for-word and single-spaced.

II: Literature Review

Do a brief literature review on your interviewee’s member group (e.g., if you interviewed a Black lesbian woman, find articles on Black lesbian women.  Review at least 5-7 sources of current, written within the past 5 years, scholarly literature.)

III: Findings

Compare and contrast your interviewee’s experience with what you found in the literature. With reference to the literature, thoroughly discusses how the dimensions of diversity and intersectionality impact your interviewee’s privilege and oppression.  Also, describe how diversity and difference characterize and shape the human experience and are critical to the formation of identity. Also, with reference to the literature, clearly discuss how the forms and mechanisms of oppression and discrimination impact the extent to which impact your interviewee’s culture and values,  including social, economic, political, and cultural exclusions, may oppress, marginalize, alienate, or create privilege and power.  Develop tentative conclusions regarding how social workers can best assist persons from your respondent’s group based on a critical analysis of the interview, class materials, and your own thinking and experience.

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