Sociology Promises Questions

Sociology Promises Questions - Promises I Can Keep...

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Promises I Can Keep Questions (10/11) 1. Large numbers were in poverty, 2/3 were single-parent households, and an even distribution of the various races that had equally low (poor) standards of living – diverse population; had an ideal type for this study (poor, single-parent homes) 2. Fieldwork, participant observation – essentially lived in their shoes, living their day to day lives as members of the community; didn’t do surveys because not in-depth and detailed, don’t get a real sense of what their lives are like, this participant observation taps into the subjective dimension and is much more personal; recruited her sample through social service agencies – went to where single mothers would go for these services (problems – missing people who might not use those services), then also created a network with these women who then introduced her to others (snowball sampling) 3. Backgrounds – all low class earned less than $16000 a year (below the poverty line), single mothers, most raised in that setting, almost all had a child before the age of 19, almost half had no high school diploma, almost half hade received welfare and were not working, almost half had low-end service-sector jobs (sampled on the dependent variable) 4. Also interviewed the family members to see how after they experienced these same lifestyles did they let their daughters and granddaughters continue the same path. Through these interviews can really see the operation of the women-centered networks. Mother-in-laws were protective of their sons – a lot discouraged their sons to stay around because they were once these young women and they knew how they were and also for financial reasons, didn’t want their money spread everywhere so said to say it wasn’t theirs. Also interviewed local business owners and representatives of neighborhood organizations to get a sense of the types of families that lived there 5. Cities were once very affluent or stable working-class communities, but all of these factories began to close down or move as technology developed and the country industrialized (unskilled labor jobs moved overseas where labor was cheaper). Left the poor people who couldn’t afford to leave and these cities became for all very poor with fewer job opportunities for these types of people. 1950s-1980s period of decline for these areas. Property values were very low – median household value was $5000. Increase in the drug market (other underground economy) because that was easy money for the skyrocketing unemployed. Depopulation, some neighborhoods lost a significant amount of their population during this time – city with tax base and local businesses can no longer sustain itself. Abandoned homes create blight and invites crime. Auto repair business emerged as a niche for Puerto Rican men. Schools declined (smaller tax base). Exodus of middle class families and stable-working class families and concentration of
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This note was uploaded on 10/13/2008 for the course SOCI 130 taught by Professor Cohen during the Fall '08 term at UNC.

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Sociology Promises Questions - Promises I Can Keep...

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