Compare and contrast the argument of the study with concepts from the textbook. Which concept(s) in the textbook is relevant to the thesis of the study?

Our course is organized into bi-weekly modules. One week we read from the textbook,
covering theory and global context. The next week we read a recent research study pertaining to
the New York City economy, which highlights the local significance the theorical concepts.
During these latter weeks you choose to read one paper from several options.
After each bi-weekly pair of readings, write a summary essay. Summarize the research
study you read by identifying (1) the research question, (2) the thesis, and (3) the forms of
evidence used. Interpret the research study with reference to at least one concept from the
textbook, explaining how theoretical concepts apply (or not) to the New York context.
Instructions
Write six essays in total (10 points each). Each essay should:
Step 1: Summarize the following elements in the NYC-focused study.
Research question:
What is the purpose or primary question of the study?
This is usually located in the introduction, though it may not always take the form of a
question.
Thesis:
What is the author’s answer to their research question?
This is usually located in the introduction, often with a sentence that reads like “We argue
that…”
Forms of evidence
What methods did the author use to gather and analyze data?
Quantitative data (numbers, maps) or qualitative data (interviews, archives, photos)?
Primary data or secondary data?
Primary means the authors collected the data themselves (e.g. they did interviews,
or a survey).
Secondary means the authors used data collected by a different source (e.g. they
used Census data…which was collected by the federal government not the
authors).
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Step 2: Compare and contrast the argument of the study with concepts from the textbook.
Which concept(s) in the textbook is relevant to the thesis of the study?
Do you think this textbook concept adequately explains the NYC study?
Do you think the NYC study would benefit from any other ideas in the textbook?
Step 3: Check your work to ensure your essay does the following.
300-500 words long
Include quotes from both the textbook chapter and the research study (and/or statistics, figures,
maps).
Properly cite all quotes, paraphrasing, or other material. Add in-text citations to reference the
specific page numbers where any of this material came from.

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