Archive for November, 2014

For Tuesday, 12/2 (URBS)

November 26, 2014
  1. Mike Davis, ‘City of Quartz: Excavating the Future in Los Angeles’ (Bridge & Watson 2010)

Who’s doing the PK for Davis? Check your notes and email me ASAP!


For Tuesday, 12/2 (METH)

November 26, 2014
  1. Booth et al, ‘Communicating Evidence Visually’ (Ch. 15)

In addition, we’ll continue to do some small-group work on the final.

For Tuesday, 11/25 (URBS)

November 21, 2014
  1. Clifford Shearing and Phillip Stenning, ‘From the Panopticon to Disney World’* (PK: Jason Hollien)
  2. Review of Guidelines for Final Take-Home Exam

For Tuesday, 11/25 (METH)

November 21, 2014
  1. Ruane, ‘Watch and Learn: Field Research’ (Ch. 11)
  2. Workshop: Research Statements

Overview: I want to briefly touch on some important features of field research; afterwards, we’ll break up into small groups, and I’ll come around and go over your recent homework assignments. Let’s whip these proposals into shape!

For Tomorrow, 11/20

November 20, 2014

This is kind of what my last twenty-four hours were like:

Stormy Weather

My hard drive crashed–luckily, some ‘genius’ at the Apple Store (actually, now that I think of it, he was pretty good) saved my butt. But in all the excitement, I forgot to post tomorrow’s agenda. It’s pretty much what we spoke about at the end of class:

  1. Noise and Bias
  2. Workshop: Research Statements and Beyond

For Tuesday, 11/18 (URBS)

November 14, 2014
  1. Dead date for Research Brief #2 is at the start of class. Do not wait until the last minute! Leave it in my mailbox on Monday to be safe! 
  2. Film: The Social Life of Small Urban Places (William H. Whyte, 1988; PK: _____)

For the research brief, do make sure you’ve followed directions to the letter, and that you’ve conformed to ASA style for in-text citations and bibliographies. Too many people lost easy points for being sloppy regarding this stuff.

For Tuesday, 11/18 (METH)

November 14, 2014
  1. HW: Make an annotated version of your bibliography. That is, provide brief (one paragraph or so) summaries of each of your sources; in addition, make note of how this source helps or might help you in thinking about your research question, or in designing your study. You must turn this assignment in, along with the revised research statement assignment, in order to get your midterm back (if you turned in the revised bibliography assignment yesterday, of course, you already got yours back).
  2. Ruane, ‘Talking Heads: The Interview’ (Ch. 10)

Pecha Kuchas and Visual Sociology: Beyond Maps (URBS)

November 13, 2014

We’ve already touched upon the art of selecting appropriate images for your PKs; thus far, however, the only examples I’ve offered were of maps. In the case of today’s excerpt from Foucault’s Discipline and Punish, however, we see the value of other kinds of images: historical illustrations, but also blueprints, plans, elevations, and architectural/technical drawings. Here are some typical images (some from commentators, some from the original text itself) that you’ll come across in discussions of Bentham’s  now-infamous Panopticon, for example:

Bentham's Panopticon, Plan and Layout

Bentham’s Panopticon, Plan and Layout

Panopticon, overview

Panopticon, overview

Panopticon, interior view

Panopticon, interior view

For Thursday, 11/13 (METH)

November 12, 2014

We will be doing a number of homework assignments in order to workshop various parts of the final that people have been struggling with; if you don’t do the assignments, it will be difficult to pass the final. Hence, those of you who turn in a revised research statement and bibliography will get your midterms back.

  1. HW: Your revised bibliography, formatted according to ASA style guidelines, and listing at least ten peer-reviewed articles from scholarly journals.
  2. Read and be prepared to discuss Barreto et al. (2013), ‘Change They Can’t Believe’.

For Tomorrow, 11/13 (URBS)

November 12, 2014
  1. Michel Foucault, ‘The Panopticon’ (PK: Joshua Oyola)