Lecture 25

Lecture 25 - SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers Lecture...

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SOCIOLOGY 3AC Professor Brian Powers 10/22/07 Lecture 24 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 Good morning I would like to get started today. I had planned some of the video documentary by Michael Moore to help understand post- industrial society transitions, but I need to leave that aside since we must focus on the worksheets and tables to understand some familial issues. I am going to ask Moffitt library personelle to schedule some group showings and for those people who would like to see Roger and Me then you may. That transition of post-industrialism is made through a series of human calculations and human decisions, the transition did not just unfold like the movement of tectonic plates but something we collectively as human beings have produced in our history. Roger and Me brings that out. It also shows what some of our readings have shown us, that the transition to post industrial society may accrue benefits to a number of people in this society and is part of the overall rise in our living but the benefits are unequally distributed. There are winners and losers and Michael Moore is unstinting in his illustration of the uneven distribution of the cost of the transition to post industrial society by taking a close look at the closing of auto production factories in his home town of Flint, Michigan. I regret passing on this but I think we have other important things to do. I want to spend a few minutes today on what it means to work on these tables. I know people want clarification. I want to say a couple of large picture things. This task, the tables task three and four is equivalent to a laboratory in a science class. This is where you get to look at how concepts that have been elaborated in the course and experience them close up and learn something that I probably could not teach you. The reason why science labs occur is so you can have a hands-on experience, struggling with some of the ambiguities of nature along side some of the clarity of concepts in the scientific cannon. If you put them together, you discover the scientific universe. That is what we are doing in the table exercises. You have been given a laboratory assignment to take a few conditions, different kinds of families, and then go to the census and find out something about how they are different. You already know how family A and B are different, but how different are families like family A and families like family B. What difference does difference make? That is one question we ask. We track these differences such as in your
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