Intro to Soc Reading Assignments (16 week)

Part one: Thinking sociologically

Unit 1: The study of sociology; sociology for whom and how (worksheet due January 28)

January 26:

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)

January 28:

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 February 4)

January 31: 

Sociological Research (Textbook Chapter 2)

February 2:

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

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

February 4:

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

Part two: Social interaction and identity

Unit 3: The self and socialization (worksheet due February 11)

February 7:

Socialization (Textbook Chapter 5)

February 9:

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

February 11:

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 February 18)

February 14:

Gender, Sex, and Sexuality (Textbook Chapter 12)

February 16:

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)

February 18:

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 February 25)

February 21:

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

February 23:

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

February 25:

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 March 4)

February 28:

Race and Ethnicity (Textbook Chapter 11)

March 2:

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)

March 4:

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 March 11)

March 7:

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

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

March 9:

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

Levitt, “Salsa and ketchup” (online article)

March 11:

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 March 18)

March 14:

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

March 16:

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

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

March 18:

No class meeting. Worksheet and midterm essay due.

Unit 9: Religion and social life (worksheet due March 25)

March 21: 

Religion (Textbook Chapter 15)

March 23:

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

March 25:

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 8)

April 4: 

Education (Textbook Chapter 16)

April 6: 

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

April 8:

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

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

Unit 11: Social inequality and labor (worksheet due April 15)

April 11: 

Social Stratification in the United States (Textbook Chapter 9)

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

April 13:

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

April 15:

Ehrenreich, “Nickel and dimed”(online article)

Unit 12: Social inequality and labor (worksheet due April 22)

April 18: 

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

April 20:

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

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

April 21:

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 April 29)

April 25: 

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

April 27:

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)

April 29:

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: Bureaucracy and social control (worksheet due May 6)

For May 2: 

Government and Politics (Textbook Chapter 17)

For May 4:

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

For May 6:

Foucault, “Panopticism” (Readings for Sociology chapter 31)

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

Unit 15: Social change (worksheet due May 13)

For May 9:

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

For May 11:

Meyer, “How social movements matter” (online article)

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

For May 13:

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