Can photos be sociological?

In this section, we have read and discussed what sociologists study as this ranges broadly over a number of different topics. Our working hypothesis has been that everything can be sociological. As a “lens,” sociology allows us to see the social dimensions of everything. We have talked about this in terms of social inequality (how anything could be involved in it) and in terms social construction (how something is made real by social factors).

For this section paper, I want you to draw from our course content since March 31 to do a photo analysis. Observe, examine and analyze the following photo and construct an argument about how it is sociological, or alternatively, that it is not sociological.

Here are some questions that might help you develop your answer:

What is literally in this photo? (Be specific!)

What do you think is going on socially in this photo? (Hint: your answer to this question might make a good argument!)

What concepts and readings from *this* section of the class help to explain the social dimensions of this photo?

You must include at least 2 or 3 in-class readings for the section as you write your answer to the prompt. I will upload the in-class readings for this section later. Further instruction about the paper is written in the file “Section Papers FAQs”. Please let me know if you have any questions.

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