For Monday, 12/6

Prep

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘The Racialization of Art Worlds’; ‘Cultural Appropriation’; ‘The Sociology of Art, the Art of Sociology’. keywords: antiracist appropriation; cultural appropriation (pp. 308-314); highbrow and lowbrow culture (pp. 305-308); racist appropriation; white gaze, the.

For Wednesday, 12/1

Prep

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Q&A: TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Monday, 11/29

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’. keywords: antiracist aesthetic, minstrelsy; the; multiculturalism; racist aesthetic, the; white aesthetic, the; white saviour trope.

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • TBA
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 11/24

Prep

  • Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’
  • Read Kyle D. Stedman, ‘Annoying Ways People Use Sources’, Writing Spaces: Readings on Writing, Vol. 2 (2011)

Zoom Session

For Next Time 

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’. keywords: antiracist aesthetic, minstrelsy; the; multiculturalism; racist aesthetic, the; white aesthetic, the.

For Monday, 11/22

Prep

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).

Asynchronous Work

  • 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). 

For Next Time

  • Review Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’

For Wednesday, 11/17

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Educational Inequality’; ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’; ‘The Benefits of a Multicultural Learning Environment’

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Review: Instructions for the Midterm
    • A Note on the ClichĂ©s of Undergraduate Writing
  • Q&A: Education in a Multicultural Society
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 8 (‘Aesthetics’): ‘Race and Art in Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Representation in Art’. keywords: antiracist aesthetic, minstrelsy; the; multiculturalism; racist aesthetic, the; white aesthetic, the.

For Monday, 11/15

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘“I Have a Right to Think!”’: ‘Racial Battles over Education, 1900-1970’; ‘Whiteness in Education’

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Whiteness in the Curriculum
  • Review: Instructions for the Midterm
    • A Note on the ClichĂ©s of Undergraduate Writing
    • ASA Style
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘Educational Inequality’; ‘Combating Educational Inequality: The Case of Affirmative Action’; ‘The Benefits of a Multicultural Learning Environment’

For Wednesday, 11/10

Prep

Zoom Session

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 7 (‘Education’): ‘“I Have a Right to Think!”’: ‘Racial Battles over Education, 1900-1970’; ‘Whiteness in Education’

For Monday, 11/8

Prep

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’
    (2012)
  • 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.

Zoom Session

  • Attendance
  • Review: Last Week’s Asynchronous Work
  • Q&A: Crime and Punishment
  • Reading Notes for Next Time

For Next Time

For Wednesday, 11/3

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 6 (‘Crime and Punishment’): ‘The Rise of the American Prison’; ‘Fear’

Asynchronous Work

  • TBA

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 6 (‘Crime and Punishment’): ‘Crime’; ‘Punishment’; ‘Things Are Not What They Seem’