The Fated High School Struggle Essay

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As discussed in class, discourse is our communication. Furthermore, author James Paul Gee of “What is Literacy” defines discourse as an “identity kit” (Gee, “What is Literacy?”). Gee includes discourse as a combination of one’s thinking, acting, and language that is associated to a group of others. There are different kinds of discourses; two discourses that will be discussed in this paper are primary and secondary. Primary discourse is the “oral mode developed in the primary process of enculturation” (Gee, “What is Literacy?”). The primary discourse in this paper is the first-person experience I had in high school. Secondary discourse is “developed in association with and by having access to and practice with these secondary …show more content…
This demonstrates what Stanford University says about phenomenology. Stanford University says that in order to study the conscious mind we focus from a first-person point of view and “…normally [do not] characterize an experience at the time we are performing it. In many cases we do not have that capability…” (“Phenomenology”). In my first paper, the autobiography, I described my experience in a first-person point of view. In this autoethnography, I interpreted my experiences and related to multiple theories, definitions, and references. Lastly, I analyzed the experience with the first paper and second paper in mind. According to Stanford, there are three methods or steps that classical phenomenologists practice (“Phenomenology”). The first step is what I performed in my first paper; I described an experience. The second step is similar to my second paper in that I related my experience to relevant ideas. Lastly, the third step is analyzing the experience, which I also performed in my second paper. Applying phenomenology helps comprehend discourse and sociology.
All the sophomores on the Varsity squad were the underdogs. The older girls had seniority rights, knew the school better, and had a strong sense of where they stood in the social hierarchy. A former student at UMass Boston, Eric Reed, wrote his experience about high school called “A Futile Struggle? Power and Conformity in High

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