For Monday, 4/13

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 6 (‘Crime and Punishment’): ‘Crime’; ‘Punishment’; ‘Things Are Not What They Seem’
  • In Class
  • Review: The Prison-Industrial Complex
  • Discussion: Crime and Punishment

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 Wednesday, 3/25

For those of you who were unable to log in during our first scheduled Zoom meeting, I will try to upload the recordings shortly. Wednesday’s meeting will be asynchronous, meaning that we’ll all likely be logging in (to Slack) and discussing the material at different times over the next twenty-four hours or so.

Prep

In Class

Rather than meeting online at a given time Wednesday, you have two days to do the assigned reading as well as review Chapter 5 in our textbook, then join the online, ongoing chat in Slack. Detailed instructions for the exercise can be found HERE.

For Next Time

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

For Monday, 3/23

Anti-Segregation Love Song

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 5 (‘Housing’): ‘The City’; ‘The Suburbs’; ‘Rural America’; ‘Towards an Integrated America’

In Class

More on this in the next few days — obviously there are a number of moving parts that now need to be taken apart and reassembled online. But you’ll be glad to hear that we’ll definitely push the midterm deadline back a bit.

Update: The plan is for us to convene remotely via Zoom, so please set up an account from now, and use this link to join up at the start of our regularly scheduled class session on Monday. The basic plan only allows for 40-minute sessions, so when we get booted out, we’ll take a five minute break and then reconvene for a wrap-up session — here’s that link.

As a backup, we’ll use Blackboard Collaborate Ultra — here’s the link to join that session if we need to go to Plan B. As a Plan C, I would ask you to also open up our Slack Workspace during our class period in case the audio or video goes down on the first two platforms — this is all a bit complicated, I know. We’re all dealing with a distractingly scary situation; I ask for your patience and understanding during these trying times, and I will try to reciprocate.

Under the circumstances, what with everyone dealing with lockdown under (in some cases)  cramped conditions, possibly caring for sick relatives, or caring for children with no school to go to, I doubt that it makes sense for us to meet in real time during every regularly scheduled class session. But at least for tomorrow I think it’s important for us to convene and talk about how we’re going to get through the rest of the semester and still learn things. On Wednesday we’ll try to have an asynchronous discussion — one, IOW, that can go on throughout the day and doesn’t require us all to log in and be present at the same time. We’ll try Slack for that. (More on this in tomorrow’s class.)

  1. Once More into the  Breach: On the Invisibility of Whiteness
  2. Discussion: Housing and Ethnic Segregation
  3. SOC 1104 Wrap-Up
    • Take-Aways
    • For Next Time

For Next Time

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

For Wednesday, 3/11

Prep

  • Desmond and Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 5 (‘Housing’): ‘Racial Struggles over Residence in Twentieth-Century America’; ‘Racial Segregation’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. COVID-19 Contingency Planning
  3. Review: Class Participation Self-Evaluation
  4. Discussion: Racial Segregation
  5. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 5 (‘Housing’): ‘The City’; ‘The Suburbs’; ‘Rural America’; ‘Towards an Integrated America’

For Monday, 3/9

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 4 (‘Economics’): ‘Labor Market Dynamics’; ‘Welfare’; ‘When Affirmative Action Wasn’t White’; ‘The Value of Inconvenient Facts’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. Midterm Deadline
  3. Discussion: Affirmative Action
  4. Review: Class Participation Self-Evaluation
  5. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 5 (‘Housing’): ‘Racial Struggles over Residence in Twentieth-Century America’; Racial Segregation’

For Wednesday, 3/4

Here’s a link to the Op-Ed on the demographics of Bernie Sanders voters I mentioned Monday. Joe Biden, on the other hand, profited greatly in yesterday’s voting from his popularity among black voters.

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 4 (‘Economics’): ‘Economic Racism from the New Deal to Reaganomics’; ‘Income and Wealth Disparities’; Chasing the American Dream’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. Examples of the Invisibility of Whiteness
    • The War on Drugs (Leanie)
  3. The Black-White Wealth Gap
  4. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 4 (‘Economics’): ‘Labor Market Dynamics’; ‘Welfare’; ‘When Affirmative Action Wasn’t White’; ‘The Value of Inconvenient Facts’

For Monday, 3/2

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 3 (‘Politics’): ‘Partisanship and Representation’; ‘Voting’; ‘Elections and Implicit Racial Appeals’; ‘The Longing for Color-Blind Politics’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. Keywords: White Privilege, Whiteness
  3. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 4 (‘Economics’): ‘Economic Racism from the New Deal to Reaganomics’; ‘Income and Wealth Disparities’; Chasing the American Dream’

For Wednesday, 2/26

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 3 (‘Politics’): ‘The Civil Rights Movement’; ‘Backlash’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. Review for the Midterm
  3. TBA
  4. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 3 (‘Politics’): ‘Partisanship and Representation’; ‘Voting’; ‘Elections and Implicit Racial Appeals’; ‘The Longing for Color-Blind Politics’

For Monday, 2/24

Prep

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 2 (‘The Invention of Race’): ‘Africans Enslaved’; ‘Manifest Destiny’; ‘Immigration from Asia and Europe’; Racial Discourses of Modernity’; ‘America’s Racial Profile Today’; ‘We, the Past’

In Class

  1. Attendance
  2. TBA
  3. For Next Time

For Next Time

  • Matthew Desmond and Mustafa Emirbayer (2016), Ch. 3 (‘Politics’): ‘The Civil Rights Movement’; ‘Backlash’