Archive for September, 2017

For Saturday, 10/7 (SOC 1103)

September 30, 2017

Before

  • Links to the Moynihan Report, as well as some reading questions to consider, can be found here.

During

  • TBA
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For Tuesday, 10/3 (SOC 1102

September 28, 2017

We’ll continue to discuss the question of whether there really are distinct urban and suburban ways of life. The majority of you think there clearly are; why then does Gans disagree? Please review his essay; you might also read ahead (see below). By the way, here’s that essay on gentrification we looked at in class.

Thursday we experimented with having you all access the reading via your smartphones; sadly, I saw too much texting and other interaction with the world outside our classroom. It’s unfortunate, but we’ll have to end that particular experiment.

In-Class Setlist

After

For Monday, 10/2 (SOC 3250)

September 27, 2017

I’m waiting to hear back from the Registrar’s Office about reserving a nice little media room for our upcoming class. I’ll let you know as soon as I hear back from them. We will meet in CA-B86!

Please make sure you get there on time (assuming I give you all the correct room number this time); we’re a small group, so it’s a drag if we have to wait on half the class before we get started. If you’re running late, just text me (my cell phone number is on the syllabus).

Before

  • Eric Hirsch, ‘Generating Commitment Among Students’ (Presenter: Wesley)
  • Nancy Whittier, ‘Sustaining Commitment Among Radical Feminists’ (Presenter: Tee)

During

(We still haven’t discussed Hofstadter’s take on the origins of the mid-twentieth century ‘New Right’, so I will try to squeeze this in.)

After

  • Bert Klandermans, ‘Disengaging from Movements’
  • Kathleen Blee, ‘Reading Racism: Women in the Modern Hate Movement’, in Kathleen Blee, ed., No Middle Ground: Women and Radical Protest (1998)*

For Saturday, 9/30 (SOC 1103)

September 27, 2017

Before

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 3 (‘The Family in Historical Perspective’)

Focus on Section 3.1 (‘The Colonial Family’), the subsection of 3.2 that discusses African-American families, as well as Sections 3.3 (‘Industrialization, Urbanization, and European Immigration: 1820-1930’) and 3.5 (‘The Golden Fifties’).

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 4 (‘Racial and Ethnic Families’)

For Thursday, 9/28 (SOC 1102)

September 27, 2017

Before

*This is a shorter, excerpted version. For a fuller version, including a later postscript, you can go here. Remember to bring hard copies of the reading to class. Electronic copies are fine on tablets, but not on smartphones.

During

  • On Reading Closely
  • The Chicago School, cont’d
  • Urbanism and Suburbanism As Ways of Life

After

  • TBA

For Tuesday, 9/26 (SOC 1102)

September 20, 2017

I forgot to circulate a copy of the syllabus for people to provisionally sign up for the Pecha Kuchas, but there’s nothing stopping you from contacting me and telling me which reading you plan to present on! Figure it out now before it’s too late!

Before Class

[1] I am assigning an excerpted version, but you can go here for the original article in its entirety.

During

  • Introduction: The Chicago School

 

 

After

For Monday, 9/25 (SOC 3250)

September 19, 2017

Before Class

Both of the articles for this week can be found in either the 2nd or 3rd editions of the Goodwin & Jasper reader. Here, btw, is a link to the essay on ‘virtue signaling’ I mentioned in class.

  • Douglas McAdam, ‘Recruits to Civil Rights Activism’
  • Charles Kurzman, ‘Who Are the Radical Islamists?’

For Saturday, 9/23 (SOC 1103)

September 19, 2017

Before Class

Focus on the two textbook chapters; the other readings are short and can be skimmed.

 

For Tuesday, 9/19 (SOC 1102)

September 18, 2017

Before

During

  • TBA

After

  • Louis Wirth, ‘Urbanism as a Way of Life’ (1938; this is in your reader)

 

For Thursday, 9/14 (SOC 1102)

September 12, 2017

Before

  • Friedrich Engels, ‘The Great Towns’ (Bridge & Watson 2010). You can also find similar excerpts (the original work is a 1945 book entitled Die Lage der arbeitenden Klasse in England, or The Conditions of the Working Classes in England) online; here’s one version,  slightly longer than the one you’ll find in the book.

During

  • Discussion: The First City and the City from Hell

After

  • Ferdinand Toennies, from Gemeinschaft and Gesellschaft*

 

REFERENCES

Bridge, Gary, and Sophie Watson, eds. 2010. The Blackwell City Reader, 2nd Ed. Malden, MA: Wiley Blackwell.