Analysis of “The Mark of a Criminal Record” by Devah Pager

You will read and analyze one research article for this class. The assigned article is: Pager, D. (2003) The mark of a criminal record. American Journal of Sociology 108: 93775. 2. You will answer a series of research and methodological questions about each article. The questions you will answer appear below. You should use your textbook and the assigned articles as sources. You may use other resources provided in this course if necessary. 3. All sources must be cited in your response. Do not use other sources unless you clear it with me. Your responses must answer the prompts, show evidence of analysis and understanding of course concepts, and must be written clearly and concisely. 4. While APA always requires a page number for a direct quote, they also say that page numbers should be given when you refer to specific areas in a document. That means that ALL of your citations for this assignment MUST provide page numbers. All directly quoted material must be enclosed in quotation marks and must be cited in proper APA format. 5. I expect that all responses will be in paragraph format and will not consist of yes-no responses or one-liners. In some cases, the questions will not apply to the designated articles. In that event, say why the question does not apply. 6. Create a title page for the project. The title should be Analysis of “The Mark of a Criminal Record” by Devah Pager. 7. Attach a references page to your completed project. Make sure that you reference your book and Pager’s article correctly. 8. To craft strong, well-developed answers: Refer to and briefly summarize the textbooks discussion of each topic. Next, connect that information to the article in a well-developed paragraph. DO NOT LIST! Note: if a question does not apply to the assigned study, say so and offer a reason why. The word count for each paragraph will be at least 150 words unless a question does not apply. Keep all questions in the order that they appear below. Answer all the questions. Do not omit anything. 1. According to Schutt (2019, chapter 2), what is a research question, and how does it guide a study? What is the research question, or problem in the assigned article? How does this research question relate to social work or human services? How might a practitioner use this information? Be specific. 2. According to Schutt (2019, chapters 1-2), what are the differences among descriptive, exploratory, explanatory, and evaluative research? Which of these bests describes the purpose of the assigned study? Explain, using evidence from Pager’s (2003) article. Did her study have more than one goal? 3. According to Schutt (2019, chapter 2), what is a literature review? Why are literature reviews important? What previous literature did Pager review? What prior findings does she report that give background to her study? Does Pager identify a gap in the previous literature? If so, what is it? 4. According to Schutt (2019, chapter 2), What is the difference between an inductive and a deductive approach to research? What features identified the assigned study as deductive or inductive? (See chapter 4) 5. According to Schutt (2019, chapter 2), what are independent and dependent variables? How are variables different than constants? (See Schutt, 2019, p. 112). What were the independent and dependent variables in the hypothesis or hypotheses in this study? What direction of association did the author(s) hypothesize? Were other variables identified as potentially significant? Did the author(s) identify any constants? If so, what were they? 6. Which type of research design did the author(s) use in the designated study: experimental, quasi-experimental, survey, participant observation, content analysis, focus group, life history, ethnography, secondary, or some other? How well was this design suited to the research question posed and the specific hypotheses tested, if any? Why did the author(s) choose this particular design?