Hi, sorry for the delay in putting this particular agenda together: I’ve been dealing with Jamaican bureaucracy the last few days, as I’ll be in Kingston, JA, for a few days for my mother’s 80th birthday, and I’m still unsure that I’ll have the technical support I need in order for us to meet on Zoom. I am crossing my fingers that this will be possible on Wednesday. Remember that we are not doing a Zoom session today (Monday).
We spent most of class discussing the concepts of cultural capital and social capital, without discussing affirmative action at all. So please make sure to review the relevant material in Ch. 7 and we’ll talk about it on Wednesday. There’s also a prompt I’d like for you all to respond to over the next few days on Slack (see below).
- Identify at least one way whiteness informs your major field of study or one of the classes in which you are currently enrolled. Explain precisely how racial domination is normalised; offer at least one consequence of this normalisation and advance at least one suggestion for how whiteness might be effectively confronted (this question is almost verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer 2016:279).
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- Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’
I think my instructions for 11/3 were muddled, unfortunately–you were meant to read the first half of Chapter 6 in our textbook by then. In any event, you need to read Chapter 6 of our textbook (‘Crime and Punishment’), review the assigned audiovisual material, and then weigh in on Slack.
- Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 6 (‘Crime and Punishment’): ‘Crime’; ‘Punishment’; ‘Things Are Not What They Seem’
- Video: 13th (Ava DuVernay, 2016 [1:40:42]). Netflix has apparently made this available for free on YouTube.
- Audio: ‘Legal Scholar: Jim Crow Still Exists In America’
- HW: A young man is found guilty of possessing 5 grams of crack cocaine and is therefore eligible to serve a minimum sentence of five years in prison. This is his first offense. Assuming the role of the judge with absolute sentencing powers—and pretending for a moment that judges are not bound by draconian mandatory minimum sentencing cues—offer an alternative to incarceration. That is, what other punishment, besides prison, might be suitable in this case? And why would it be preferable to the conventional sentence of incarceration? (Verbatim from Desmond and Emirbayer 2016:243). Review the assigned material and post your response in the #discussion-prompts channel I’ve just created on our Slack workspace.
- Review: Last Week’s Asynchronous Work
- Q&A: Crime and Punishment
- Reading Notes for Next Time
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