2.7.11_American Dream_class notes(1)

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Claims about the American Dream Sociological Analysis of Social Problems February 7, 2011
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-Claims and counterclaims about poverty -Dominant ideology, “meritocracy” -Discuss “Nickel & Dimed” -Individual vs structural explanations of poverty Objective: Poverty is socially-patterned (impact groups in different ways), generationally- transmitted, and difficult to emerge from.
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How to analyze claims - What makes up a claims (Grounds, Warrants, Conclusions) - Circumstances that make claims more/less believable (Cultural resonance, ideology, audience segmentation) -Counterclaims – arguments in direct opposition to the original claims
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The idea that citizens of every rank feel that they can achieve a "better, richer, and happier life.” -rooted in the declaration of independence “all men are created equal”
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One’s success is dependent on ability and work ethic, not a rigid class structure. Typification:
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Warrant: Individual freedom and responsibility valued above all.
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Conclusion Poverty might be temporary
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This note was uploaded on 10/20/2011 for the course SOCIOLOGY 920:103 taught by Professor Kempner during the Spring '11 term at Rutgers.

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