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Things Are Not As They Seem: Seeing Groups and People in the Real World


The readings for this course are in two readers available at:  

Queens Copy Center, 65-01 Kissena Blvd. Across from the entrance to QC, below Gino's Pizza.

The first reader will be available the first week of classes.
Ask for the Sociology 101 Readings for Professor Levine's course.


Readings for the first two weeks are on line, below. All others are in the printed readers (plus there may be some handouts in class).



Part 1. Culture, Roles, Institutions, and Social Control: Things are not as they seem


1. Aug 26-30 – Things Are Not As They Seem: The hidden effects of cultural patterns (on line)

- 1.Body Rituals of the Nacirema - by Horace Miner / 5 pages (on line – click title.

- 2.Baseball Magic: Ritual, Taboo and Fetish - by George Gmelch / 7 pages (on line – click title)

- 3.India's Sacred Cow and Its Economic Uses - by Marvin Harris / 8 pages ( click title)


2. Sept 4-6 (no class Mon) Thinking Sociologically About The World, College & this Course (on line)
- 4.Sociology as a Way of Thinking About the World – by Jay Gabler and others (click title)

- 5.Important Things About Sociology, College, this Course and Exams  / 8 pages (click title)


3. Sept 11-13 - Roles, Culture, Ethnicity, Socialization, and Internalization: Society Inside (in the reader ONLY)
- 6.Cultural Responses to Pain - by Mark Zborowski, / 8 pages

- 7.Women and Men in Conversation: “What Do You Mean?” – by Deborah Tannen / 7 pages

- 8.The Silent Language: Cultural Differences & Nonverbal Communication by Edward & Mildred Hall / 9 p

- 9.The Secret of Jamaica's Runners – by Orlando Patterson / 3 pages

- 10.Culture - the Encarta Encyclopedia / 5 pages


4. Sept 18-20 - The Contradiction Between Corporate Profit and the Public Good: What Happens When Corporations Are Not Regulated? (no class Wed)
- 11.Love Canal - by Michael Brown / 14 pages
- 12.Pinto Madness - by Mark Dowie / 17 pages

- 13.The Wells Fargo Bank Scandal of 2016 – The New Yorker and the New York Times / 6 pages


5. Sept 25-27 – Institutions and Policy for Health and Work

- 14.Teenage Pregnancy In Western Countries - by Jones et. al. / 16 pages

- 15.Health Care in Crisis: Does Canada Have The Answer? - From Consumer Reports / 10 pages

- 16.Over the Counter at McDonald’s - by Robin Leidner / 12 pages

6. Oct 2-4 - Wealth and Inequality
- 17.Inequality: Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1% - by Joseph Stiglitz / 5 pages

- 18.The Great Wealth Transfer - by Paul Krugman / 11 pages

- 19.Nickle and Dimed – by Barbara Ehrenreich / 14 pages
- 20.Helping The Poor, The British Way by - Paul Krugman / 2 pages


7. Oct 9-11 – Policing, Race and Marijuana Arrests in New York City and Beyond (No class Mon)

- 21.The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests – by Harry Levine / 8 pages

- 22. 60,000 Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York – Harry Levine & Loren Siegel – 38 pages


8. Oct 16-18 – Trump, Nazis, White Supremacists, the Right Wing and Civil Liberties

- Several readings to be assigned and posted at Sociology101.net


9. Oct 23-25 - Review


Guide To Preparing For The First Exam – Coming…..




      Nov 1 – to be assigned soon





Part 2. Culture, Roles, Institutions, and Social Control: People and Groups in the Real World Around Us


ALL READINGS AFTER THE EXAM ARE FROM THE SECOND READER (Part 2) available in October at Queens Copy Center.


Last Class is Monday December 11.  The final exam period begins on Dec 12. The final exam is scheduled by the registrar’s office which announces the final exam schedule during the semester.


On the web site sociology101.net there will be a guide to preparing for the midterm exam and materials for the final exam. Also, be sure to read closely the article in the reader “Important Things about Sociology, College, This Course and Exams.”

The final exam covers the whole semester and all the readings and lectures. The final exam is cumulative.

This reading list is the most important document in the course. Know it well!