HESC 2603 Lecture 14: Malthusian Principle, Population Trends and the Sub-discipline of Demography

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Human Environmental Sciences
HESC 2603
Zola Moon

Great Paradox: the apparent disconnect in the way some people are voting or fostering a political view that appears to outsidersothers to oppose their interests why do people that benefit from government programs vote to cut government programs paradox: dont understand from the outside why people are acting a certain way which contradicts their beliefs poisoned by toxic chemicals but against environmental regulations of such chemicals Empathy Wall: cant empathize with someone because you dont understand their motives, views, beliefs, etc. when compared to your own must get over the wall to be able to hear each other What kind of paradox have we talked about specifically that applies to rural people? rural communities tend to be more conservative issues that cause the great paradox are things that have been happening in rural areas for a long time (unable to find jobs, incapable of overcoming poverty, welfare assistance, supporting political platform cutting big government intervention) *Connect the book back into the issues discussed in class Deep Story: a story or narrative that feels true to the one telling it; may or may not be factually true Truth is based in the emotion in history and culture and narrative of the one telling the story, not the facts Hochschild examines the deep stories that underlie the Great Paradox (the people function effectively, so how do we explain the paradox? Must understand the deep story.) interviews real people within the community being analyzed Keyhole Issue: Centered around why there is a tremendous amount of pollution along with a tremendous amount of resistance to regulation of the pollution Louisiana: oil in Gulf, oil and gas industry, petrochemical industry, runoff (polluted water sources) (key hole issues one of the many issues which contributes to the great paradox) Issue of reflexivity: she reflects on her own perspective to understand other people and break empathy wall IMMIGRATION inconvenient facts Deep story about the other and different people coming in and shaking things up 10 myths: 1. Most immigrants are here illegally (most are naturalized)
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