Soc 220 October 12, 2011
Foucault's idea that power doesn't necessarily operate in obvious ways
-power of classifying
-Bourdieu's contcepts of habitus and social/cultural cpital and critiques
-Critical race theory: we've become desensitized to everyday racism
-The Chicago School and Political Economy
-Foucault and power
>power is no where and everywhere
>abortion! ppl take sides... one side or another...
-Bourdieu > habitus... how we "vacuum"/absorb the social world and making
it a living structure in us... the way we act out
Critical Race Theory
-if women complain abt gender issue, black ppl complain abt race issue... ppl
say they're being too sensistive
"The Post-black Condition" Toure
(from NYT bk review by Patterson, Sept. 22, 2011)
My "Oh come on, gimme a break" Theory
>i argue it has become fashionable to poo-poo accusations of racism*
"oh come on, gimme a break, can't a person make a joke?"
"..... and quit with all that politcal correct crap..."
-*could also be referring to issues of race, gender, class and so on
How does that work?
-serves to shut down a conservation
-meant to inform the origional speaker that s/he is the one who isnt' "with it"
-smoothes over actual inequalities (like that Happy conclusion from the
StatsCan survey on the experience of vs. Minorities in canada!)
Speaking of inequality... WATCH THE NEWS
-secondary protest outside of police station.. protesting abt police treatment of ppl protesting on Wall Street
-Occupy Toronto Oct15th... Saturday...
The Chicago School (Chapter by Wotherspoon and Satzewich, 2000)
-a school of thought, 1892- world's first dept of soc, UChicago
-used the surrounding city of Chicago as a kind of natural urban research lab
-TCS known for work in urban soc, race relations, criminology and social
-Robert Park, Ernest Burgess
Urban Ecology (Park and Burgess)
-the city as a natural ecosystem (Darwinian)
-competition and the struggle for scarce resources -> esp. land
-compettion for land leads to divsion of urban space
-0theory that ppl who live in same areas, share same charateristics bc
subject to same pressures
-the concentric zone
Assimilation (Social Science)
-meaning not in social science is when governments make policies that force
ppl to assimilate... i.e. making French the second language
-in social science it is how and why groups of ppl become more culturally
Political economoy perspective
-a critical "unpacking of economic issues"
-doesnt reify "the economy"
-reify= to take abstract concept and make it real
-analyze beliefs and behaviours and how they are related to class, and
everyday material life
-e.g. what person(s), with what class power, made exactly what decisions, for
whom, and why?
-"... a concern for the ways in which people socially produce and reproduce
the conditions for their existence" (W&S pg. 71 of coursepack)
"Third World" Inequality in Canada
FInish this childhood rhyme..:
"1492..." Columbus sailed the ocean blue
- we were taught that he discovered NA
-1000's of years after indigenous peopls already lived, hunted, farmed and developed communities here
Indianness (Margot Francis article, 2012)
-deconstructs "taken for granted" images of Indiannes
-we idealize and demonize "indian"
-"lazy, savage, drunk freeloaders or noble and spiritual figures who are close
-in movies/tv, "Indians" have been either the bad guys, or childlike noble
-women and men usually highly sexualized