Lecture 15

Lecture 15 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers Lecture...

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Professor Brian Powers 9/28/07 Lecture 15 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 ANNOUNCEMENTS Let me get to bSpace, because there will be some things that are useful. First couple of items up here: I’ve posted study guide #2, which covers readings on the family as a social institution. Go to resources, and there is now a folder that says study guides and course support. As I said, study guide #2 tells us about the family as a social institution. Consider these lecture notes followed by my comments on various relevant readings that used to be assigned but are now kicked out. This is an extensive document – eleven pages. It’s not a substitute for being in class or doing the reading; it’s a way of situating the readings in the flow of sociological analysis. LECTURE Female Earnings A number of people have been contributing to the various forum discussions. One in particular is the forum discussion in response to the article I posted about women in New York City earning 117% of men’s salaries. That’s actually quite an interesting finding. In the past, there had been a gender wage gap of about $.79 for the male dollar. Somewhere along the line, young, educated women in high profile economic centers began earning $1.17 to the male’s dollar. What’s going on, and why are women’s wages lagging in other parts of the country? We realized that starting from over a decade ago, women were surpassing men in grades and getting higher degrees than men. Some people started to say that college was becoming feminized. How and when do women’s wages surpass those of the guys? As some of you pointed out, the older women get, that starts to reverse and something seems to happen to women as they progress through their life cycle. Maybe the need to raise or have children kicks in and starts to exact a price on women’s incomes. Maybe women start to work for companies that are more family friendly, or they reduce their hours, or start to work part- time. Why doesn’t that happen to men? That goes to the heart of what this whole discussion is about – gender and its disparities. Stereotyping There’s been another discussion going on about stereotyping. Are people debating whether they accept stereotypes or how they should respond to racial and ethnic stereotypes? Do we reject or accept them? What can you do about these stereotypes? That’s where the sociologist in me steps in and says, “Not so fast.” All this is quite interesting, and it shows that people are moving their sociological imaginations in new ways. Table Assignment
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Lecture 15 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers Lecture...

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