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FINAL EXAM STUDY GUIDE: SOCY 1001 The following topics were covered in lecture since just before the midterm. This study guide serves as a guideline of the main topics, but please keep in mind that this is just a study guide, it is not comprehensive and does not cover all the questions or material that will appear on the final exam. Rather, it is intended to help you prepare for the exam. Each recitation will hold its review session during its regularly scheduled recitation time during the last week of classes. __________________________________________________________________________________________ **You need to know the reading and lecture on Jeffrey Reiman’s A Crime By Any Other Name . **From recitation, you need to know the reading and discussion on chapter 1 of Economic Apartheid in America (The Dangerous Consequences of Growing Inequality) by Chuck Collins and Felice Yeskel: see the notes at the end of this document. **From recitation, you also need to know the ways in which the factory closings highlighted in the movie Roger & Me affected the people and city of Flint, Michigan. I. BUREAUCRACY AND GLOBAL INTERDEPENDENCE A. Why do consumers purchase products like fast food hamburgers and Nike shoes? Products are heavily advertised that it will make your life better/easier, many products looks “cheap and “easy”, which attracts consumers. At the same time, many products advertise that you will have “wealth and status” if you buy these products. B. Why do corporations produce these products? To make profit C. What are some of the local and global effects of U.S. fast-food hamburgers ? (know each step in the diagram) Effects were that due to the high demand of beef, many lands of south America became devoted to raising cattle and cattle feed. This caused grain prices to rise, causing poor people unable to feed themselves. Additionally, many peasants were forced to move (displacement) due to land being taken away to grow more cattle to increase profits. This can lead to migration or upheaval. D. Why are production and consumption of these products “sociological”? How do production and consumption connect people to each other? How does this relate to commodity fetishism? When consumers purchase products, they enter into a sociological relationship with the workers (people around the world) who produced these products. The larger and multinational a corporation is, when we purchase their products, we become more involved and tied to people of the world (the ones who produced these goods). We become more responsible to what happens to them. This related to commodity fetishism in that we forget that the products we purchased represents social relationships. E. What is Commodity Fetishism? What is the implication of commodity fetishism? (In other words, what does it suggest about what we see and what we are blind to when it comes to consumption?) Commodity fetishism is Marx’s argument that we are enchanted by consumer goods, we look at it superficially, that we fail to see that it represents the world around us and social relationships. In reality,
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