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“Your So-Called Education” – Extra credit option 1

May 19th, 2011 · No Comments

New research from  questions how much students really learn in college, as reported in a recent Op-Ed in the New York Times. The writers are Richard Arum, a professor of sociology and education at New York University, and Josipa Roksa, an assistant professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, who are the authors of […]

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Revised/updated review sheet

May 17th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s the revised and updated review sheet: SOC 212W_Review Sheet_5.17 And here’s a book review that should be helpful in answering the essay question (I’ve highlighted the most relevant portions):“Gang Leader for a Day: A Rogue Sociologist Takes to the Streets,” The Nation, February 8, 2008 And I’m re-posting the recent background article of “culture […]

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Review session at 9am — and I’m available in my office in the afternoon

May 17th, 2011 · 2 Comments

Our review session will take place 9-10:30am in Powdermaker 347.  I’m willing to hold a 2nd, smaller session in the afternoon, if there’s interest (even something informal, in my office, or a lounge).  So far I’ve had one request.  Please comment below if you’re interested.

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Final exam review session? On Wed., 5/18, 10am or 9am?

May 12th, 2011 · 6 Comments

If there is interest, I’m willing to come to campus on Wednesday to run an extra review session for the final.  If you are interested, please comment here — and tell me what times on Wed DO NOT work and what time slots are preferable. UPDATE: So far, all requests are for a morning session.  […]

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Reading questions for GLFD, Chs. 6-8

May 11th, 2011 · No Comments

Both J.T. and Ms. Bailey can be considered “power brokers” in the context of the Robert Taylor Homes, as presented in the book, Gang Leader for a Day.  A power broker is a person who is important by virtue of the people they control, by virtue of his/her ability to influence others. Compare and contrast […]

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GLFD reading questions, Chs. 3-5

May 6th, 2011 · No Comments

Below are some questions to think about as you read Chapters 3 – 5: Representatives of both “the gang” and “the community” at Robert Taylor talk a lot about how “the gang” helps “the community.”  What are they talking about?  Do you agree? How would you conceptualize the relations between/among “the gang,” “the community,” and […]

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Reading questions for GLFD – Chs 1 & 2

May 4th, 2011 · No Comments

Here are some questions to guide your reading of the first two chapters of Gang Leader for a Day: Chapter 1: How Does it Feel to be Black and Poor? Why does Venkatesh describe the attitudes of the old black men he spoke with in Washington Park as “fatalism” (p. 8)?  Why did such attitudes […]

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‘Culture of Poverty’ Makes a Comeback -NYT

May 3rd, 2011 · No Comments

“Scholars return to ‘Culture of Poverty’ Ideas,” according to a article in the New York Times (10/17/10). Such ideas link persistent urban poverty to “culture,” typically understood as sets of norms and values.  In Gang Leader for a Day, Sudhir Venkatesh explores the subject using ethnographic techniques.  Click the link above to read the article, […]

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Final exam scheduled for May 19th, 8:30-10:30am

May 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

The final exam will take place on May 19th, 8:30-10:30am, in our regular classroom.

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Is “Bitherism” Racism?

April 28th, 2011 · 1 Comment

On the topic of whether the “Birther” movement is motivated by racism, this video by Baratunde Thurston, a comedian and cultural critic, is going viral.  While the video is not an example of dispassionate social scientific analysis, it’s worth watching to get a sense of why some interpret Donald Trump’s and others’ claims as “racism.”  […]

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‘Study Ties Suicide Rate in Work Force to Economy’ – NYT, 4/15

April 16th, 2011 · No Comments

The US Center for Disease Control and Prevention just released findings from a study examining suicide rates per 100,000 Americans for every year from 1928 to 2007.  Like Durkheim, who relied on data from an earlier historical period, researchers found suicide rates increase in times of economic decline; however, the government study did not find […]

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‘Texting May be Taking a Toll’ – NYT 5/25/2009

April 12th, 2011 · 1 Comment

According to the New York Times, ‘Texting May Be Taking a Toll’ The phenomenon is beginning to worry physicians and psychologists, who say it is leading to anxiety, distraction in school, falling grades, repetitive stress injury and sleep deprivation. And here’s a radio interview with the NYT writer on the story:  ‘Teenage Wasteland? How Teen […]

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How ‘Millennial’ Are You?

April 12th, 2011 · No Comments

Here are some of the more interesting findings from our in-class “Millennial Quiz” (link to the Pew Center quiz here).  And here are the results in graphical form (Millennial Quiz results_212W-SPR2011) Note how results for the last two questions (on parental marriage and religiosity) are out of step with typical ‘Millennial’ responses [sample size (n) […]

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Stephanie Georges Extra Credit Assignment

April 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Extra Credit Assingment Stephanie Georges I have never watched this show before but this episode is funny . I had to watch the episode twice to understand it .   I observed many gender streotypes . Forced hiatus, which is a  gap or interruption in space, time, or continuity  .In the workplace I see the women […]

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Stanley Milgram – Experiment on Obedience

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s original video on the Milgram experiment from 1962 (Part 1 of 3).  Links to Parts 2 and 3 are below.  (Thanks, Frank for the tip!) http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4C5Y8xG1l6A&playnext=1&list=PL0FAB36F8E4D4C071 Stanley Milgram – Experiment on Obedience Part 2 of 3 Stanley Milgram – Experiment on Obedience Part 3 of 3

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