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Research Brief #3 (SOC 1102)

December 14, 2017

What kinds of community, if any, are possible in modern cities? Sociologists have argued for quite some time as to whether community should be regarded as Lost, Saved, or Liberated (Wellman 1979).  Which alternative best describes the way we live now, based on what we’ve read? And how does the experience of your neighborhood(s) shed light on this question?  Please be specific—use examples and relate them to the thinkers discussed in the syllabus! You must use a minimum of five of the readings from the syllabus in constructing your answer—but I encourage you in addition to employ other sources, whether journalistic (e.g., neighborhood blogs, local newspapers), photojournalistic, literary, documentary, cartographic, ethnographic, demographic (2010 US Census data), etc.

Format

  • Due Date: 23:59 (11:59pm), Tuesday, 12/19/17
  • Maximum word count for the body of the text (i.e., not including bibliography, appendices, etc.): 1,000 words. If the word count for the body of the text is more than 1,000 (e.g., 1,001), I’ll send it back and ask you to resubmit!
  • Print the word count on the front of your paper.
  • Do not write your name anywhere on the paper.
  • ASA style for in-text citations and bibliography.
  • Double-spaced, 12 font

 

References

Wellman, Barry. 1979. ‘The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers’. American Journal of Sociology 84(5):1201-31

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For Tuesday, 12/19 (SOC 1102)

December 14, 2017

Prep

In Class

We’ll use this period (note: attendance is required!) to take care of the remaining pecha kuchas. If you haven’t presented, you need to email me (my gmail address is on the front page of the syllabus) and confirm that you’re doing one that day, and get my approval for the reading you want to present on. I’ll update the list of presenters as I hear from you.

Again, here are the pecha kucha guidelines. And below is the example I mentioned in class of a presentation where the images support the presenter’s words, instead of replacing them:

 

 

Final Exam/Research Brief #3

  • This will be due by 11:59pm on 12/19. Take advantage of the exam period to get last-minute feedback on your briefs!

For Monday, 12/18 (SOC 3250)

December 12, 2017

Prep

  • Contact me so I can confirm which reading you’ll be presenting on.
  • Revise your research paper.

Agenda

  • Presentations
    • Tee
    • Jorge
    • Wesley
    • Issatou
    • Walqidia (x2)
    • Janet (x2)

The Final Draft of the Research Paper will be due by 11:59pm on Monday, 18 December 2017.

For Thursday, 12/14 (SOC 1102)

December 12, 2017

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For those of you who were talking about — railing against, really ;p — ‘hipsters’, here’s an essay you might find interesting; the writer is a literary scholar, but his approach is in large part historical and sociological. And speaking of historical context, Norman Mailer’s essay ‘The White Negro’ (pictured above) is a famous meditation on the term at the time of its introduction.

Prep

In Class

For Final Exam Period (12/19)

  • Remaining Pecha Kuchas
  • The final exam will be due at the end of the day (11:59pm), 12/19

For Tuesday, 12/12 (SOC 1102)

December 11, 2017

Prep

In Class

  • Recap: Life of a Building
  • Barry Wellman, ‘The Community Question: The Intimate Networks of East Yorkers’ (1979)
  • Course Evaluations

For Final Exam Period (12/19)

  • Remaining Pecha Kuchas
  • The final exam will be due at the end of the day (11:59pm)

For Saturday, 12/16 (SOC 1103)

December 9, 2017

Here again is the scenario I asked you to consider at the end of class today:

My husband and I have been together for 10 years and married for two. Early in our relationship, he used cocaine casually, and I told him I didn’t want him to use it. It was a nonnegotiable. He accepted that and we were O.K., but recently that’s changed. I’ve caught him using it three times in the past six months. Each time, he’s lied to me about it.

He thinks I’m narrow-minded. He says I’ve turned into a cop. Most of his friends do cocaine frequently, and they don’t think there’s anything wrong with that. To him, I’m a party pooper. I think it’s reasonable to ask him to stop doing something that hurts our marriage and potentially his health. I love clubbing with him! I can go to clubs all night and not do drugs — and so can he, or at least he could in the past.

I’m 35 and at a crossroads. I know he’s not an addict, but I’m still scared and I’m drained by our fights. I love him deeply, but I don’t trust him, and I’m not sure I can start a family with someone I don’t trust. Am I being unreasonable? Is there hope for us?

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What should Snowblue do? (Write some of your thoughts down before looking at what the experts say. Looking forward to hearing what you think!)

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 15 (‘Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies’). Focus on the sections on divorce and remarriage (Sections 15.2-15.6) and just skim the rest.

In Class

  • MISSING ASSIGNMENTS
  • ASA Style
  • Love, Lies, & Cocaine: You Make the Call
  • BREAK
  • Marriage, Remarriage, & Divorce
  • Course Evaluations

Final Exam Due Sunday, 17 December

For Thursday, 12/7 (SOC 1102)

December 5, 2017

Prep

Agenda

  • Darwin will present on Lambert

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  • Brief Review: Final Exam (Research Brief #3)
  • Student Evaluations

For Next Time

  • If I’m not mistaken, we don’t meet again until the exam day; that would be the last chance for everyone to do a pecha kucha!

For Monday, 12/11 (SOC 3250)

December 5, 2017

Oy, what terrible timing for a fire alarm! Poor Tee had just begun her presentation. We’ll try again at the start of the next class, then move on to workshopping each other’s papers. I’ll pair each of you with a partner randomly; you’ll exchange drafts during the week, read each other’s papers and evaluate them using this grading rubric, and use those rubrics to structure your in-person feedback on Monday.

Prep

  • Booth et al., The Craft of Research, Ch. 6 (‘Engaging Sources’; see esp. the discussion of ‘creative agreement’ and ‘creative disagreement’ in Section 6.3!)

Agenda

  • MISSING ASSIGNMENTS
  • Tee will present on Meyer
  • On Bad Writing About Sources, With Examples from Genius
  • Writing Workshop

For Next Time

  • Remaining Presentations

For Saturday, 12/9 (SOC 1103)

December 2, 2017

Prep

  • Benokraitis (2015), from Ch. 10 (‘Marriage and Communication in Intimate Relationships’)

If you have a moment, take a look at this essay on reading that I mentioned in class. Reading broadens your knowledge of the world, and broad knowledge of the world helps you read with more understanding. It’s a virtuous circle.

In Class

  • Missing Assignments
  • BREAK
  • Course Evaluations

For Next Class

  • Benokraitis (2015), Ch. 15 (‘Separation, Divorce, Remarriage, and Stepfamilies’)

For Tuesday, 12/5 (SOC 1102)

November 30, 2017

Prep

In Class

Here’s the fascinating essay I mentioned in class that argues for the decommodification of housing. Check it out if you’ve got time.

For Next Time