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What to look for (Themes relating to author's work)
Look for themes that your author incorporates into their work. Examples:
Poverty and Abuse
Ethnicity and Poverty
Coming of age
Gender and Working class
Early 20th century working conditions (African Americans)
Explore Social/Cultural Themes
Research the social/cultural/historical context in which the work was written.
Overviews of key events and people across history.
African American Experience
African American history and culture.
Latino American Experience
Latino American history and culture
sociology journals (e.g. social issues such as class, religion, poverty, family, women, youth, childhood, crime, labor, war, sexuality, etc.)
Scholarly, peer-reviewed articles from the American Psychological Association