Introduction to Concepts
IdentityA. Multiple meanings: here we are interested in individual and social identity
1. Related terms: self, I, person, personality
B. The French philosopher Derrida maintains that any identity is constructed in relation
Questions on Nagel 1-56; 91-126; 140-167
Nagel says she considers ethnicity to be the core concept, with race and nationalism
being two major forms of ethnicity (p. 6). Discuss. How do you see the relation between
these 3 terms?
Describe the hegemon
Questions on Merry, Brown, Johnson, Mark Twain, Wright, Anderson, Dyson, Zinn,
What argument does Merry use in support of Affirmative Action?
The proponents of critical race theory argue that racial divisions in the United States
Questions on Cole and Guy-Sheftall, McIntosh, Williams, TIME, Lei, Forbes, P.
Is our attainment of patriarchal power through the oppression of women any less
insidious than white peoples perpetuation of a system of racial oppression to dehumanize
Questions on Malamud, Takaki, Biolsi, Zia, Article XIX, Gould, Ferber, Cosgrove, Ortiz
Malamuds The Jewbird is fiction. What are the advantages and disadvantages of using
fiction to explore and discuss race and ethnicity, as opposed to so
QUESTIONS ON GORDON, GOULD, SCHMIDT & MOORE, KONDO, AND P.
Describe the social purity movement, as described by Gordon. What contemporary
reform movements resemble it?
What did the suffrage, free love, and temperance movements advocate?
QUESTIONS ON RHODES 1-224
What did you know about maximum security prisons prior to reading this book?
List the ways in which maximum security prisons differ from ordinary prisons.
When did these maximum security prisons begin to be built? What w
How they are different teaches us about ourselves
What are our ideas about witches?
Black magic, spells
Do things in secret
Puritain dress, ride on broomsticks, black cats, etc.
We know all this lore, but we
Questions on Bourgois 1-337
In Search of Respect: Selling Crack in el Barrio
On p. 11, Bourgois says that Any detailed examination of social marginalization
encounters serious problems with the politics of representation. What does he mean?
Questions on Jacobson, Rouse and Hoskins, Orwell (2), Mantsios, Baca Zinn and
Eitzen, VanderStaay, Newman
Compare the conservatism of fundamental Baptist beliefs and practices to the
conservatism of Argentinean haredi Jews described by Jacobson.
Questions on Omi & Winant, Smedley, Federal Statistical Directive, Jefferson, Du
Bois, Jensen, Jacobs
Omi and Winant: says discovering that by legal definition one is not white because one is
1/32 Negro is catastrophic. Why?
In contrast to the other
Questions on Pascoe 1-174
Did your high school have anything like the Mr. Cougar contest? If so, describe.
What do we mean by masculinity?
Very few men, if any, are actually hegemonically masculine, but all men do benefit, to
different extents. (