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demonstrate your understanding of the assigned readings, specifically of concepts they demonstrate.

 Your task is to demonstrate your understanding of the assigned readings, specifically of concepts they demonstrate. Statements of fact and of authors’ theoretical positions should be cited simply by author’s last name and page number of the assigned reading [e.g. (Smith, 133-134)]. This helps us identify the specific theoretical concepts you’re applying. I evaluate using four categories: 1. Accuracy—you draw from theoretical concepts accurately; 2) Thoroughness—you maximize drawing from assignments; 3) Application—your application of concepts; 4) Clarity—your essay is well written so that I can understand you well. Your essays must be printed to PDF-file or saved in MS Word (preferred) using 12-point, Times New Roman font and submitted through BB9 by 11:59pm on Monday, October 3. In interactionist sociology, “agency” refers to the ability for individuals to represent themselves in their interactions.

While it does not assume complete autonomy, it presumes the ability to assert one’s interest or even, at times, push back. Questions (answer each) 1. Identify ways in which Ann exercises her own agency (or how it is limited) in Bagnall-Munson’s “How to Become an Adult” and how Webpage owners exercise their agency in Walker’s, “It’s difficult to hide it”. 2. Thorstein Veblen is the social theorist who informs Matheson and Sedgwick’s “Influencers and 21st Century Consumption”. Based primarily on this reading, in what ways is identity something that can be purchased (consumed) in the 21st century? When we engage in conspicuous consumption, to what extent do we cede our agency?