Contemporary Social Problems, Fall 2016
Readings covered today
Michelle Alexander, introduction to The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of
I also recommend Dr. Alexanders Tedx Talk, The Future of Race in Americ
SOC 201 VOCABULARY
A view of society that focuses on discovering and understanding the connections between
individuals and the broader social contexts in which they live (a concept developed by C. Wright
Gender-based violence: Based on two things, power and control.
Sexual assault, domestic violence, rape, sexual harassment.
Rape is not about, its not even sex. Its about power and control over another human being.
Sexual Harassment is unwante
SOC 201 VOCABULARY
The capacity of individual humans to act independently and make their own free choices.
Those factors such as class, religion, gender, ethnicity, customs, etc., which limit or influence
the opportunities that individu
Symbolic Ethnicity: Is a voluntary personally chosen identity rather than an ascribed identity.
Ethnicity can be ascribed for some and not for others.
To not have your ethnicity ascribed to you is a luxury
People confuse symbolic ethnicity wit
Soc 202: 2/11/15
Sex: The biological differences di1stinguishing females from males
Gender: Masculine and Famine
People confuse sex and gender
Primary sex characteristics: At birth genitalia, reproduction
Secondary sex characteristics: Development, breast
Primary/Secondary sex chan
Women have more fluidity to go up and down the continuum of feminine and masculine
Men hit a wall and reside more on the masculine if they are close to the feminine side, then we make
Planned obsolescence: Products that are designed to be tossed.
Perceived obsolescence: What is perceived as out of style or out of date
Life cycle products: Birth to death
Life expectancy: How long its expected to be good or before damage
Soc 201: 3/2/2015
Financial capital: Money and assets.
Human capital: Skill/knowledge
Social capital: Is your networks (Who you know)
Cultural capital: Forms of skills and knowledge but tangible and intangible that has value certain status
Conflict Theory Karl Marx
Structural functionalism- Emile Durkheim (religion)
What function property service
Religion provide a sense of community / family (public care, blessing backpack, daycare)
Function of the underclass
Non family arrangements
Family you embrace it but you have to prove yourself in a non-family group.
Household is just like a dorm shared with other people that are not your fam