Lecture 18 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/5/07...

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SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/5/07 Lecture 18 Sharing or distribution of lecture notes, or sharing of your subscription, is ILLEGAL and will be prosecuted. Our non-profit, student-run program depends on your individual subscription for its continued existence. These notes are copyrighted by the University of California and are for your personal use only. Sharing or copying these notes is illegal and could end note taking for this course LECTURE I would like to get started today. It has been a little crisp up here in northern California, but we still have some warm days left. There is a lot I want to cover today. There is a story that I found quite interesting in today’s New York Times. After spending five or six years going around securing areas in Afghanistan and whatever, the army has hired anthropologists to come participate and help to explain people who do not follow the customs that US forces do, so that the army can figure out what is really going on amongst the tribes and communities that have been in place for hundreds of years. So we have anthropologists joining up and saying, “Hey guys, they are doing a certain thing, but it does not mean it is against what you believe in.” Some think it is a good thing, but others wonder why anthropologists are participating in a war environment. Maybe they are spying on us, and therein lies a dilemma. What is the role of intellectuals, social scientists or social researchers at a time of national emergency? It is a pretty interesting perspective and it is interesting that the informant will only give her first name. She is an anthropologist. So I will post this article up. I also wanted to touch on a question that the readers addressed to me. People have been concerned about their grades on the quiz. These quizzes are not likely to be re- graded because it is not worth it. I will say that you are entitled to ask a different kind of question such as: “I really thought I had a handle on this assignment but I really did not. How could I have done better or gone into more detail?” So in general for quizzes, unless you really feel that you have gotten the shaft, we prefer that you save your appeal for the bigger assignments that are more consequential, carry more weight and are more indicative of how you are making use of material and demonstrating the application of sociological skills that have been coming your way. Also, I guess as a general thing, if people come to me and I say that I understand your work a different way, let me tell that to your reader. It is not for you to say to the reader, “Hey the professor said this or that.” As you can imagine we are trying to get in sync, and we are mostly in sync and are aware of the need to stay in sync with five readers with different experiences. Now I have had a chance to talk to some folks
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Lecture 18 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/5/07...

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