Moi University Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie The Danger of A Single Story Essay
seeing the strange in the familiar
The characteristics of the sociological perspective
include seeing the general in the particular (i.e.,
recognizing patterns), seeing the strange in the
familiar (recognizing that things aren’t always
what they seem), and seeing the group in the
individual (looking for the influence of social forces).
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What is an example of seeing the strange in the familiar?
When we asked at the very beginning why you raise your
hand to ask a question in your math class but not at your
dinner table, that’s a very small example of trying to see the
strange in the familiar. And this is so hard to do because your
own society tends to look normal to you, you take it for
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February 25, 2022
Formative assessment 1 – Clarifications
I have received some questions regarding the structure of the
Formative. You do not need to structure it as an essay
(Introduction, Evidence, Conclusion). Instead, you have to
develop your answers in paragraphs (as many as you need).
If you struggle with the 1000 words I suggested, I will not be
strict about it.
The main point of the assessment is to try to use the relevant
sociological theories, ideas, concepts or notions to explain and
analyze the ‘single stories’ pointed out by Adichie. Therefore,
you may write as many paragraphs as necessary to develop
You also have to reflect upon the ‘single stories’ you had
experienced and try to explain them in a sociological way
(introducing notions, ideas or concepts seen in class). Write one
or as many paragraphs are necessary to develop your analysis.
Finally, you have to include a paragraph reflecting and analyzing
what you learned from the TED Talk.
Do your best, it will be fine!
February 24, 2022
Formative assessment 1 – New deadline
Formative Assessment One (20%)
STEP 1: Watch Chimamanda Adichie’s TED Talk “The Danger of a Single Story”
STEP 2: Write down examples of the single stories Adichie pointed out about Africa and
Africans. How do these stereotypes relate to socialization? In other words, how do we develop
Include direct quotes wherever possible.
The video and transcript can be found here:
https://www.ted.com/talks/chimamanda_ adichie the danger of a single story/transcript?language=en
STEP 3: Think about the single stories that are told about your culture, race/ethnicity, gender,
age, sexual orientation, socioeconomic status, etc. Tell these stories in narrative form. Include a
paragraph with a reflection and analysis of what you learned from the TEDTalk and your own
examination of single stories. Include relevant theories, concepts, and ideas from class to