WEEK 5: MONDAY READINGS
Reading Points - 10/14
Sport as Ritual Birrell
1. What is Durkheim's definition of a ritual? What is their social function? How are they
connected to the sacred?
Durkheims definition- Rituals are rules of conduct which prescribe ho
Sociology of Bjorks Music: Scene Perspective
Introduction: Music and Sociology
a.i. Briefly- Music and culture
Bjork: Background and Influences
The Icelandic Music scene
a.i. Bjork, her music and influences
a.ii. Reykjavik music sce
WEEK 9 READING, FRIDAY, 11/15
This Aint No Sideshow - Lipsitz
1. What are the differences between popular culture and folk culture?
1) There are many differences
a. Popular culture- culture is a commodity, we buy and sell culture for a price;
WEEK 4: WEDNESDAY READINGS
Reading Points -10/9
Characteristics of Rituals Bell
1. Explain formalism in a ritual. Give an example that is not in the reading. What makes formalism
Formalism is one aspect of ritual. Formal activities set up an e
WEEK 8 READING, WEDNESDAY, 11/6
Production Perspective Dowd
1. Explain what is meant by an organizational structure. What was the organizational
structure that allowed classical music to take off in the U.S.?
1) An organizational structure is an organizat
WEEK 6 READING, WEDNESDAY Oct 23 Jessica Barfield
Definition of Play & Classification of Games Caillois
1. How is play related to obligation? To time and space? To certainty? To productivity?
Play is related to obligation in that play must
WEEK 4: FRIDAY READINGS
Reading Points - 10/11
New Rituals in Dying and Mourning Wouters
1. What were mourning rituals before the 1960s? How does the author think that this
reflects an I-We balance? How would we look at someone who mourned that way today?
WEEK 9 READING, MONDAY, 11/11
Nation of Rebels - Heath
Nation of Rebels, Heath
1. Explain how The Matrix is a metaphor for a political idea. What does the author think is
wrong with this idea?
The Matrix is a metaphor for a political idea because like The
WEEK 9 READING, WEDNESDAY, 11/13
Meaning of Lavigne Vannini
1. What does the author say is the relation between aesthetics and pragmatic politics?
1) What the author says is the relation between aesthetics and pragmatic politics is that
a. Aesthetics (me
Reading Points - 9/18
Large & Small Culture Eagleton
Explain the differences between large and small culture. Do you have a personal relation to a small
culture? To large culture? Explain your different relations to these.
Small Culture: The habits, tradi
Reading Points - 9/27
Style, Grace & Information in Art
This is a difficult article with overly convoluted examples. Focus on answering the reading points and
then look at your answers and see if they add up to an argument about the role of art.
WEEK 7 READING, WEDNESDAY, 10/30
Fun in Games Goffman pp 41-81
1. According to Goffman, what causes ease or lack of tension in a game? What precautions
will you take in your game to minimize tension? Explain the two ways that we can
maximize the euphoria
WEEK 7 READING, MONDAY, 10/28
Fun in Games Goffman pp 1-41
1. Explain rules of irrelevance. How are properties of participants made irrelevant in a game? How are
moods of individuals made irrelevant?
1. (This is in the context of encounters, which is part
SOCIOLOGY 49: READING TEST #1 OUTLINE
1. Small Culture: represents the habits, traditions, and ways of thinking that make a group distinctive. For
example, as a member of the field hockey team, you have a team culture that distinguishes you from
WEEK 4: MONDARY READINGS
Reading Points -10/7
Deadhead Rituals Sutton/Diederich-Hirsh
1. Explain Turner's three stages of a ritual. Can you think of another cultural experience that
might go through these stages?
Turners three stages of ritual are
Reading Points 9/23/2013
Culture Consumed - Firat
1. Why is commodified culture fragmented? Use an example not in the reading.
Commodified culture is fragmented because due to forces of the marketplace,
consumers can pick and choose the particular pieces
Reading Points - 9/20
Key Words: Culture Bennett
The authors use abbreviations for historical periods: eC is the first third of a century, mC is middle third, and
IC is for last third
1. Give examples not in the reading of how the use of "culture" has bee
Reading Points - 9/25
100 years of propaganda
1. Do you agree that Picasso and Norman Rockwell belong on this list? Why or why not?
I agree, both produced works that made strong social statements. For example, Picasso painted Guernica in
WEEK 10 READING, MONDAY, 11/18
Beatles as Zeitgeist Whiteley
1. What lies do the Baby Boomers tell about themselves? Why do you think they would
want to say such things? What lies do you think your generation will tell your children?
1) The lies the baby
WEEK 6 READING, MONDAY, 10/21
Deep Play: Notes on the Balinese Cockfight-Geertz
1. What does the cock stands for in Balinese culture?
a. The cock/rooster stands for the symbolic fighting between men (through roosters/cocks), the
cocks/roosters are seen as
Reading Points - 9/30
Art or Propaganda: Dewey and Adorno
1. Why does the author think that is it important to distinguish between art and propaganda. Does it
make a difference if Saving Private Ryan, for example, is a propaganda piece for Western democra