November 5, 2005

Social Class, Power & Inequality

Reminder that on tuesday November 8 will be Quiz 4, and the Revist will be due November 15. (And don't forget to vote on Tuesday!)

During class we played the Sociologist's version of Monopoly. Be prepared to articulate how that activity demonstrated social class. Also, think about how social class, race, and gender all affect social life (see for example page 227).

Additionally, you should know the following terms; what the term means and how it is important to our sociological understanding:
SOCIAL STRUCTURE
OPPORTUNITY STRUCTURE
STRUCTURED INEQUALITY
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN CLOSED & OPEN SYSTEMS OF STRATIFICATION
DISTINQUISH BETWEEN CASTE, ESTATE AND CLASS SYSTEMS
CLASS (SOCIAL CLASS)
SOCIOECONOMIC STATUS

How does Karl Marx explain social stratification? What does Max Weber ("Vay-ber") argue accounts for social stratification?

SOCIAL MOBILITY
VERTICAL MOBILITY (TYPES OF)
STRUCTURAL MOBILITY

*Family will also be part of the upcoming quiz.
Here are the power point slides on:
Work & Family
Family Graph

Posted by coph0004 at 3:01 PM

October 26, 2005

Work & Family

For next week, please come prepared to discuss these questions:

Think about the paid work patterns of your parent(s). What is their current situation? Move back 5 years, and another 5 years.

What , if anything, stands out about their paid work? In relation to managing family responsibilities?

Did the need for childcare generate conflicts or require strategizing within the family? What about transportation or when a child was sick? How are the housework responsiblities allocated (did housework get done)?

Has your parent(s) experienced your influenced your decisions about paid work & family? How?

If you are planning to combining paid work & family, how will you do so? (for some you are likely already doing this, what do you do?) If you are not going to do both, what has impacted your decision?

Posted by coph0004 at 11:21 AM

October 12, 2005

More about Sex, Gender & Race

We discussed many of these terms in class. Please post the definition that you came up with for our class discussion. Be sure to read over the discussion questions for the Lorber, Omi & Winant, and Rubin articles.
(note: our next quiz will happen toward the second half of class and will cover the topics of sex, gender and race)


SEXUAL REVOLUTION
SEXUAL EVOLUTION
SEXUAL SCRIPTS
SEXUAL IDENTITY
SEXUAL ORIENTATION
HETEROSEXUALITY / HOMOSEXUALITY / BISEXUALITY / TRANSEXUALITY
DIFFERENCE BETWEEN SEX & GENDER
GENDER ROLES
SEXUAL HARASSMENT
GENDER STRATIFICATION
RACE
ETHNICITY
PREJUDICE
RACISM (AND FORMS OF)
ASSIMILATION
PLURALISM
COLONIZATION
MINORITY GROUP
MAJORITY GROUP
STEREOTYPE

Posted by coph0004 at 9:19 AM

October 6, 2005

Questions

To facilitate our discussion next week, here are some questions that I'd like you to be ready to answer:

Taking a page from the SQ3R (Robinson 1970) study method (Tips for Success), formulate some questions:
What is the chapter / article about or what question is this chapter trying to answer?
Better still, what question do I have that this chapter / article might be able to help me answer?

Lorber - What is the difference between U.S. transvestitism and the lower-class women in Egypt who act and dress like men?
How does the social construction of gender legitimate women’s inequality? (what is the social construction of gender?)
How could the social construction of gender be changed to give women more power in society?

Omi & Winant - What does Omi and Winant imply about the act of “passing” for a particular race? (is it a dynamic process, if so , how does it vary?)

Rubin - Why might white ethnics, especially those from the working class, have a particular antagonism for the more recent immigrants who are people of color, despite the fact that most came from immigrant families themselves not long ago? Pay special consideration to the role of the economy.

More generally, how would one’s values change as one becomes assimilated into the dominant U.S. culture?

Posted by coph0004 at 11:35 AM

October 4, 2005

Sex & Gender

A reminder that for today's reading:
Chapter 7 pages 163-195, Chaper 11 pp 306 -323 (skim the supplemental text blocks)
In the MSL book, # 11 Lorber, Night to his day.

Posted by coph0004 at 3:44 PM

September 14, 2005

Theories & Reality

We discussed and applied the theoretical paradigms in relation to Hurricane Katrina. In addition, we began to think about how we know what we think we know, revealing the Social Construction of Reality.

Here are the powerpoint slides used in class:
Week 3 - Sept 13

Be ready to discuss the following questions on tuesday:

C. Wright Mills poses three sets of questions that he says are “the kinds of questions the best social analysts have asked. “Using Mills’ concept of the sociological imagination, apply these three questions listed below to a current social problem. How could you study each of these aspects? Why are these three factors important to understand in sociological research
What is the social structure?
What is the historical period?
What is known about human nature?

Romero argues that Chicana domestic servants are a “hidden population.” List four of the explanations she gives for the difficulties in finding statistical data on Chicana domestic servants.

How does the reading by Romero illustrate C. Wright Mills’ conception of the sociological imagination?

According to Schwalbe, what is “relativity of perspective”? How might sociologists use it as a research tool?

Schwalbe spends a good deal of his article talking about sociological mindfulness. What would sociology be like without sociological mindfulness? How might this affect others?

What does it mean when a researcher says he or she is an insider or outsider in his or her study? Why was Kaplan concerned about her position as an insider?

How does Kaplan think her research will help teenage mothers? What suggestions can you make to improve the lives of teenage mothers?

Posted by coph0004 at 10:41 AM

August 31, 2005

First Night

Class is underway!

In our first night, we met many of our classmates, reviewed the syllabus, and did some writing. In addition, we discussed societal elements of interest and made connections to sociology.


Click here for a pdf copy of the syllabus
and the Tips for Success handout.

Posted by coph0004 at 11:32 AM