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Mid-Term Exam Ideas A. Concepts The mid-term exam covers all of the material from Weeks 1 through 6. FOUR concepts from the list below will appear on the mid-term. This will be worth 40% of the final grade for the exam (10% points for each ID). You will answer all four of these questions. You should spend 5-8 minutes per question. Jim Crow – Jim Crow were state and local laws in the United States enacted between the end of Reconstruction through the passage of the Civil Rights Act (mainly in 1890’s-1910). They mandated de jure segregation in public facilities, and ultimately created inferior accommodations for blacks even though the laws argued that they were “separate but equal”. This concept was discussed both in lecture and Sugrue’s The Origin of the Urban Crisis . Jim Crow is important to this course because it shows the level of racism that existed in Detroit. The laws were used to disadvantage blacks in every possible way, including preventing them to vote in the form of poll taxes and literacy tests. Also, lynching increased almost ten fold during the era of Jim Crow. Sociological imagination – The Sociological imagination is a concept in sociology that enables us to grasp history and biography and the relations between the two within society, which is its task and promise. Without it, we would not be able to understand how things are related. This concept was discussed in C. Wright Mills’s The Sociological Imagination . This concept is important to this course because it explains how sociology is taught and should be understood. Without this concept, we wouldn’t be able to understand social systems and the difference between economics and sociology. Also, it proves that “we are always participating in something larger than ourselves.” Social system – A social system is a patterned social arrangement that forms the society as a whole and determines the actions of the individuals of that system. The social system is made up of individual people, roles, norms, organizations, institutions, and groups. This concept was discussed in lecture. This concept is important to this course because we are studying a social system – the city of Detroit in the early to mid twentieth century. We have been studying the individual people involved such as Ossian Sweet, the roles of blacks at the time, the social norms (racism) and the organizations and institutions such as the CIO, the Populist Party, and unions. Also, this is an important concept to know in order to understand the “paths of least resistance.” Restrictive covenant – Restrictive covenants are a form of institutional racism that existed in Detroit in the early to mid twentieth century. They were a real estate practice that was a list of people that you weren’t allowed to sell a house to. Obviously, blacks were constantly on these lists. This concept was discussed in lecture. Also, this concept is important to this course because it helps us understand the extent of racism that existed. Not only were Jim Crow laws
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This note was uploaded on 01/16/2012 for the course SOCIOLOGY 102 taught by Professor Mcgan during the Fall '10 term at University of Michigan.

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