This guide is designed to help you complete your
English 120 assignment.
Use the techniques of causal analysis, persuasion, comparison/contrast,
narration, description, illustration, and/or definition to
explore the idea of the outsider in society.
You are required to include at least eight quotes
and/or paraphrases from at least five sources.
In addition, you must list your sources on a Works Cited
As you research this topic,
consider the following questions: Is
“outsider status” today, or was it at a different point in
history, based on self-perception, culture, society’s political
views, and/or media propaganda?
Are there other factors to consider when examining this
Also, consider some potential
“causes” of outsider status—religion,
race, nationality, political stance, social beliefs,
adoption, altered appearance through tattoos, piercings, plastic
surgery and the like, illness, injury, birth defects, mental
illness, age, weight, sexuality, gang affiliation, or
Read complete assignment requirements.
What is an outsider? The
dictionary term is "one who is not part of a
community". Sociologist Robert K.
Merton's 1972 Doctrine of the Insider, stated
no matter how careful and talented, is excluded
in principle from gaining access to the social
and cultural truth." For example, according
NY Times article, by definition, immigrants
come into the U.S. as outsiders. They become
insiders when their differences no longer affect
the ways they interact with others, the
opportunities they have for themselves and their
families, and how they participate in politics.
in SDSU Catalog, Academic Search Premier.
keyword "outcasts" in SDSU Catalog,
Academic Search Premier.
subject word "outcasts" (orange) in General
Onefile and Academic Onefile
keyword and subject search, "social
isolation immigrants" in Academic Search Premier
keyword, "social exclusion" or "social
exclusion arab american youth" in Academic
keywords "nerds" or "geeks" in Academic
refugees", "vietnamese refugees, "somali
refugees" in General Onefile and Academic
keyword, "attitudes towards immigrants" or
attitudes toward people with disabilities" in
Academic Search Premier
"immigrants" (orange) in General Onefile,
mental illness" in Academic Search Premier.