Onsumerism and the Community College StudentSee Below for thesis.

Assignment from Instructor:

The old saw states that  we are what we eat. On the other hand many sociologists believe that we are what we buy. Sociologist Peter Menzel in particular engaged in a project that identified societal differences by photographing families around the world posed proudly in front of their passions. At the beginning of the 21st Century, one more attempt to expand upon this theory in our English class has prepared extensive catalogs of what today s students own. Further, we have conducted research into trends of consumerism of college students.

Based on this combination of original and researched data you are now asked to write a seven-page essay defending one of these two thesis statements:

Based upon the stuff that they own in 2005, community college students cultural backgrounds causes them to  live their lives.

Based upon the stuff that they own in 2005, community college students cultural backgrounds causes them to  live constructed lives.


You must support your thesis by a minimum of three arguments. This paper must be MLA format. Including Rough draft and a works cited page.

For this paper you are expected to cite a minimum of six sources copyrighted in either 2004 or 2005: a book, a subject encyclopedia (as opposed to a general encyclopedia), a popular magazine or periodical article, a scholarly journal article, and a world-wide-web location. Feel free to quote from additional sources, but you must have at least one from each of these.

Your paper must reflect a clear understanding of Neal Gabler s theory concerning the Great Cultural Debate, as well as Henry Thoreau s philosophy.