Describe how your life has been impacted by McDonaldization at school or work.

In this course, we have discussed access to opportunity, the impacts of rationalization on society, and inequality by class, race, and gender.  These are not just abstract concepts that exist in some neutral space elsewhere.  All of us are impacted by social structures.  For this paper, you will apply your sociological imagination to your own life.

For instance, you could choose to tell your opportunity story, drawing on concepts we discussed from “Outliers”.  You could describe how your life has been impacted by McDonaldization at school or work.  You could discuss how your racial or gender identity was formed and/or how it impacts your relationships, career trajectory, or other experiences.  You could choose a “magnified moment” to analyze, an event in your life that was particularly striking in terms of what it taught you about opportunity, race, or gender. Do not try to do all of these things, pick one topic and organize your paper around that one topic.