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lecture_6_key_terms - 2/2/10 AMS 30 Part II: Constructing...

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2/2/10 – AMS 30 Part II: Constructing Normalcy Lecture 6 – What Igo Leaves Out: Eugenics and the Origin of Statistics Contextualizing Middletown in relation to themes discussed in this course: Study claimed to focus on “civilized, normal” folks, not “primitive, savage, defective” ones (using anthropological tools). Lynd’s belief in social progress and frontier thesis as source for unified national character (Muncie, IN, as next-generation frontier town). What were the “common crises” facing urban industrial society? Whose crises and goals were these? “Negro problem” “Labor problem” “Immigrant problem” “Woman problem” or “working girl problem” What tools, techniques, and strategies did the Lynds and other leaders (including eugenicists) use to try to “solve” these “problems”? Social Science tools of rationalization via measuring to categorize, track, and ultimately control or reform (see below – generally in line with “negative eugenics”) NOT focusing on the “problem” groups at all, but rather redirecting all attention to defining and promoting their own in- group (middle-class whites) as “normal,” “average,” “American” (see below – generally in line with “positive eugenics”)
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This note was uploaded on 10/26/2010 for the course AMS AMS 030 taught by Professor Christinacogdell during the Winter '10 term at UC Davis.

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