Socialization and how it can effect you success.

Requirements

Minimum of 4 full pages (Maximum is 6 full pages)
Use at least 3 ideas from Part 2 of Outliers: The Story of Success

You are welcome to, but not required, to reference other readings for deeper discussion (including Brainology, Social Class and the Hidden Curriculum of Work, The Cycle of Socialization, A Kinder, Gentler Philosophy of Success, Hofstedes Dimensions, The Mask You Live In, and Miss Representation)

Works Cited page required
Paper should be typed and follow MLA or APA format

 
Topic
 
Part Two of Outliers: The Story of Success is calledLegacy.  In general, a persons legacyis what has been inherited, or passed down, from those born before.  In his thesis for the book, Gladwell hasclaimed that people who are successful are invariably the beneficiaries ofhidden advantages and extraordinary opportunities and cultural legacies(19).  Part Two of his book will explainthis last factor of cultural legacies. 
 
We are probably more familiar with the kind of legacywe inherit as a gift, or in the form of genetic traits passed down fromsomeone. Jewelry, china, the family Bibleall of those can be passed downthrough the generations. We see a childs blue eyes and trace the gene back toher great-grandfather.
 
In a similar, but more abstract way, our culturallegacy comes from the traditions, attitudes, and values taught to us by ourfamily, our community, and our nation. They are patterns of behavior, rules forhow to act, and ideals about the kind of person we should be. These legaciesare so ingrained in how we see the world, they can be hard to recognize asattitudes we have inherited. For instance, I know that my family takes pride ina staunch self-reliance and support each other by way of taunts and ribbing. Oddlyenough, when I read the chapter Harlan, Kentucky, I could apply many of thevalues to my own family roots.
 
As Gladwell closes the “Harlan, Kentucky”chapter, he urges us to take our cultural inheritance seriously: “Culturallegacies are powerful forces.  They havedeep roots and long lives. They persist, generation after generation, virtuallyintact, even as the economic and social and demographic conditions that spawnedthem have vanished, and they play such a role in directing attitudes andbehavior that we cannot make sense of our world without them” (175). 
 
In Essay 3, you will explore the specific ways thatyour culture and/or socialization help and/or hinder your own pursuit ofsuccess. Todo this, you must first define for yourself what success is. For me, I want tofind a healthy balance between work and fun, succeed in numerous careers,travel the world, and continue my education throughout my life. Thisexplanation will likely be your introduction. Your thesis and body paragraphs,however, will be the place to fully explore your life as a culturally andsocially defined specimen.
 
In addition to Part Two of Outliers, you may refer to ideas from Part One and the otherreadings we have discussed as a class. I think we can say that culture”can come out of a family group, or a small geographic group.  For example, the discussion of meaningfulwork in The Three Lessons of Joe Flom arose from the context of the New Yorkgarment district.  This idea hasinteresting connections to the chapter “Rice Paddies and Math Tests.”Theidea here is simply for you to use the readings as a way to explain andintegrate your own ideas youve had about the ways your socialization andculture have impacted your pursuit of success.
 
Samplethesis statements from student responses to this essay:
        My cultural value of being a diligentworker has been passed down from having hard workers and good examples ofmeaningful work in my family background.
 
        The culture from which people come influenceshow they act; Gladwells discussion of cultural legacy has helped me realizethat I have been shaped by the cultural legacy of determination.
 
For thisessay, a basic outline will look like this:

Paragraph 1: Introduction (will likely define what success looks like for you; ends in a thesis that posits how your success intersects with the concepts of cultural legacy and/or socialization)
Body paragraphs (around 4-6 of these) each focus on one reason why your thesis is true, and provide evidence to support those examples, such as ideas from Outliers or other readings, your experience, or your observations. One body paragraph should follow a counterargument structure.
Concluding paragraph will echo (not repeat) the thesis and wrap up the paper. 

 
Some thoughts and questions to guide your thinking:
 
        MissRepresentation & The Mask You Live In ask us to consider how culture andour society limits or redefines what we see as the definition of success. Therefore,this may get you to consider the components of success you value vs. the onesyou disregard.
        Youmight consider what traditions and attitudes you have inherited from yourcultural socialized past, and how those help or hinder your pursuit of success.
o  Doyou come from a culture of honor (or some other type of culture)?
o  Whatmight your response be to someone who calls you an asshole?
        Youwill probably want to consider yourself linguistically. Do you use mitigatedspeech? (Chapter 7). Do you believe Hofstedes Dimensions (Chapter 7) play arole in pushing you toward or away from success? Are you dominate orsubordinate? (Chapter 7).  
 
 
 
 
Notes

The OWL at Purdue is an excellent resource for any questions about writing. http://owl.english.purdue.edu
You are not expected to do outside research for this paper, although talking with family members might be useful. Rely on the readings from class and your own experiences and observations.
You will earn full or partial credit on this essay. Regardless of the score, you will use my comments to revise your essay. Essays may be turned in for a revision score. Essays that earn partial credit (60% of the points) may be revised for a chance at full credit within one week of the essays return.