Intro to Soc Reading Assignments (2nd 8-week)

Part one: Thinking sociologically

Unit 1: The study of sociology; sociology for whom and how (worksheet due March 25)

Stacey, “Empathy is hard. What is need is (sociological) imagination” (online article)

Craig and Irons, “Sociology can help us understand what’s happening” (online article)

Van Cleve, “Educators need to employ radical compassion during COVID-19” (online article)

Kendi, “We’re still living and dying in the slaveholders’ republic” (online article)

Quan, “The girl who wouldn’t sing” (Course Pack Reader)

Unit 2: Methods (worksheet due March 25)

Sociological Research (Textbook Chapter 2)

Lovaglia, “From summer camps to glass ceilings” (online article)

Adler & Adler, “The promise and pitfalls of going into the field” (online article)

Brandt, “Racism and research” (Readings for Sociology chapter 8)

Part two: Social interaction and identity

Unit 3: The self and socialization (worksheet due April 8)

Socialization (Textbook Chapter 5)

Goffman, “On face-work” (Readings for Sociology chapter 18)

Harrington, “The Anti-Vaccine Con Job Is Becoming Untenable” (online article)

Messner, “Boyhood, organized sports, and the construction of masculinities” (Readings for Sociology chapter 14)

Unit 4: Social interaction, gender, and sexuality (worksheet due April 8)

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (Textbook Chapter 12)

Palmer, “Sex is a social construction, even if the Olympics pretends it’s not” (online article)

Dreger, “Track’s new absurd rules for women” (online article)

Bettie, “Women without class” (Readings for Sociology chapter 21)

Taylor & Rupp, “Learning from drag queens” (online article)

Rupp & Taylor, “Straight girls kissing” (online article)

Unit 5: Social interaction and deviance (worksheet due April 15)

Deviance, Crime, and Social Control (Textbook Chapter 7)

Montemurro, “Deviance and liminality” (Readings for Sociology chapter 16)

Becker, “Becoming a marihuana user” (online article)

Vuolo, Kadowaki, and Kelly, “Marijuana’s moral entrepreneurs, then and now” (online article)

Unit 6: Social interaction, race, and ethnicity (worksheet due April 15)

Race and Ethnicity (Textbook Chapter 11)

King, “Multiraciality reigns supreme?” (online article)

Anderson, “The code of the streets” (Readings for Sociology chapter 12)

Ray, “Why are Blacks dying at higher rates from COVID-19?” (online article)

Wise, “Born to belonging” (Course Pack Reader)

Ahmed, “Muslim ‘Twoness’: Fearful of some, feared by others” (online article)

Strong & Yuen, “Anti-Asian hate during COVID-19” (online article)

Part Three: Culture and society

Unit 7: Race, migration, and identity (worksheet due April 22)

Waters, “Optional ethnicities” (Readings for Sociology chapter 22)

Rumbaut, “Immigration’s complexities, assimilation’s discontents” (online article)

Sampson, “Rethinking crime and immigration” (online article)

Levitt, “Salsa and ketchup” (online article)

Tyagi, “Writing in search of a home” (online article)

Joseph, “Unpacking the invisible citizenship knapsack” (online article)

Unit 8: Culture, media, and identity (worksheet due April 22)

Watson, “McDonald’s in Hong Kong” (Readings for Sociology chapter 11)

Sternheimer, “Do video games kill?” (online article)

Sternheimer, “Hollywood doesn’t threaten family values” (online article)

Unit 9: Religion and social life (worksheet due April 29)

Religion (Textbook Chapter 15)

Weber, “The Protestant ethic and the spirit of capitalism” (Readings for Sociology chapter 43)

Read & Bartkowski, “To veil or not to veil?” (Readings for Sociology chapter 19)

Wilcox, “Religion and the domestication of men” (online article)

Part four: Social class, inequality, and power

Unit 10: Social class and education (worksheet due April 29)

Education (Textbook Chapter 16)

Lareau, “Concerted cultivation and the accomplishment of natural growth” (Readings for Sociology chapter 15) 

Lareau, Weininger, and Cox: “How entitled parents hurt schools” (online article

Downey and Gibbs, “How schools really matter” (online article)

MacLeod, “Bridging street and school” (online article)

Unit 11: Social inequality and labor (worksheet due May 6)

Social Stratification in the United States (Textbook Chapter 9)

Leonhardt & Serkez, “America will struggle after coronavirus. These charts show why” (online article)

Marx & Engels, “Manifesto of the Communist Party” (Readings for Sociology chapter 24)

Ehrenreich, “Nickel and dimed”(online article)

Unit 12: Social inequality and labor (worksheet due May 6)

Dodson, “Employing parents who can’t make a living” (Readings for Sociology chapter 26)

Albiston, “Paid leave for precarious workers during COVID-19” (online article)

Desmond, “Dollars on the margins” (online article)

Dougherty, “12 people in a 3-bedroom house, then the virus entered the equation” (online article)

Medley-Rath, “Short-Shifted: Labor Power & Workplace Scheduling” (online article)

Unit 13: Work, marriage, and family (worksheet due May 13)

Hochschild, “The emotional geography of work and family life” (Readings for Sociology chapter 42)

Wade, “The invisible workload that drags women down” (online article)

Wade, “The modern marriage trap—and what to do about it” (online article)

Coontz, “How to make your marriage gayer” (online article)

Ansari, “Everything you thought you knew about l-o-v-e is wrong” (online article)

Wade, “Rape on campus: Athletes, status, and the sexual assault crisis” (online article)

Part 5: Institutions and social change

Unit 14: Social control and social change (worksheet due May 13)

Ritzer, “The McDonald’s system” (Readings for Sociology chapter 33)

Shearing and Stenning, “From the Panopticon to Disney World” (Readings for Sociology chapter 32)

Ryan and Gamson, “The art of reframing political debates” (online article)

Pardo, “Grassroots activism” (Readings for Sociology chapter 47)

Thomas, “How COVID-19 can inspire us to change society for the better in the long run (if we take it seriously)” (online article)

Final essay due May 14