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Culture and Institutions in Conflict and Context:

Seeing Groups and People in the Real World

 

READINGS / FALL 2018

The readings listed below for this course are in a reader available at:

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

The reader will be available beginning in the first week of classes. 

Ask for the Sociology 101 Readings for Professor Levine's course.

 

The first 3 weeks readings are on line at www.sociology101.net

All others are in the printed reader.

 

 

Part 1:  Culture and Institutions in Context and Conflict

 

1.AUG 27-29 – on line and in the book of readings

- 1.Body Rituals of the Nacirema - by Horace Miner / Must read by Weds  / p 3

- 2.Sociology as a Way of Thinking About the World – by Jay Gabler  / p 8

 

2.SEPT 3-5 (no class Monday)

- 3.Baseball Magic: Ritual, Taboo and Fetish - by George Gmelch / p10

- 4.The Fall of the Nacirema and the Cult of the Roc – by Neil Thompson and others / p17

 

3.SEPT 10-12  (no class Monday)

- 5.India's Sacred Cow and Its Economic Uses - by Marvin Harris / p 22

- 6.Important Things About Sociology, College, this Course and Exams  / p30

 

4.SEPT 17-19 (no class Wednesday) – 

- 7.Cultural Responses to Pain - by Mark Zborowski / p 35

- 8.Women and Men in Conversation: “What Do You Mean?” – by Deborah Tannen  / p 42

 

5.SEPT 24-26

-  9.Don’t Eat Before Reading This: A New York chef spills trade secrets, by Anthony Bourdain, / p 48

- 10.Over the Counter at McDonald’s - by Robin Leidner  / 52

 

6.OCT 1-3  

- 11.Immigrants in the US and New York City – by Pew Research and others / p 63

- 12.Is the Border in Crisis? ‘We’re Doing Fine,  a Texas Border City Mayor Says – by NY Times / 70

- 13.Latin Americans in North America - by Richard Rodriguez /74

 

7.OCT 8-10  (no class Monday)

- 14.Inequality by and for the Richest 1% of Americans - by Joseph Stiglitz  / p 80

- 15.The Great Wealth Transfer - by Paul Krugman  / p 84

- 16.The Republican Tax Plan Favors the Wealthy. Why? Paul Krugman / 94-96

 

8.OCT 15-17 -  Review

 

9.OCT  22-24 – Review and Midterm Exam on Weds Oct 24

 

 

Part 2:  Institutions and Culture in Conflict and Context / p 97

 

10.OCT 29-31 

- 17.Teenage Pregnancy In Western Countries - by Jones and others / p 98 

- 18.Health Care For All: Does Canada Have The Answer? - From Consumer Reports / p 107

 

11.NOV 5-8 – election Day Nov 6

- 19.Guns, Trump and the NRA - by Adam Hochschild  / p 114

- 20.Gun Homicides in the US and 22 Other High-Income Countries - by NY Times & others / p 118

- 21.#Never Again: Parkland Students For Gun Control – Time Magazine / p 120

- 22.How to Reduce Shootings - by Nicholas Kristoff, NY Times  / p 125

 

12.NOV 12-14

- 23.Love Canal and Toxic Poisons - by Michael Brown / p 128

- 24.Pinto Madness - by Mark Dowie -  / p 141

- 25.The Wells Fargo Bank Scandal – The New York Times and The New Yorker / p 154

 

13.NOV 19-21 (Thanksgiving Thursday)

- 26.The Scandal of Racist Marijuana Arrests – by Harry Levine  / p 159

- 27.60,000 Marijuana Arrests in Mayor de Blasio’s New York – Harry Levine & Loren Siegel / p 166

 

14.NOV 26-28

- 28.Nickle and Dimed – by Barbara Ehrenreich  / 182
- 29.Helping The Poor, The British Way by - Paul Krugman / p 194-195

 

15.DEC 3-5  Review

- Articles to be assigned later

 

16.DEC 10-12  - Review and last classes -

 

Final exams to be scheduled by Registrar – From DEC 14 to DEC 21. The registrar will post the final exam schedule later in the semester.

 

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