Monday, April 7, 2014

Here's Something New

So here's the start of my new blog. As a result of my newfound speed and need to graduate, here is my outline. The idea is to work on something every single day. I know that I have at least 2 hours to apply to Class Matters every day. On days which I fall behind, there is the weekend, but I'm not relying upon that.

Unit 1: Theory, Concepts and Vocabulary
April 7: Tool #1 Norms and Values
Johnson, ch 2 “Culture: Symbols, Ideas, and the Stuff of Life”
April 8: Tool #2 Individualism
Johnson ch 1 “Forest and Trees
Horwitt, Hard Earned Money (ER),
Tammy PLU (video)
April 9: Tool #3 Social Structures  
Kozol “Amazing Grace” (BLOG)
Timmer, Root Causes of Homelessness (ER)
April 10: Tool #4 social and cultural capital
Pierre Bourdieu, (ER) (BLOG)
Pretty women / PLU How to marry the rich (video)
Zweig, ch 1 / work on assignment
Johnson 1 page doc on privilege
April 11: Tool #5  Classism
Mantsios, “Media Magic” (BLOG)
Jensen, ch 2, The Invisible Ism
Film - Class Dismissed
Evaluation of these tools.  How have they changed our thinking about class and why are they critical in thinking about class?
Unit 2: Case Studies
April 12: Case Study: Historical Perspective on Individualism vs. Socioeconomic Structures
Coontz – “Self-reliance and the American Family” (ER)
Curry, “Futile War on drugs” (ER)
Capitalism hits the fan  (
Case Study: Rhode Island – Rachel Flum, Economic Progress Institute
STRIKE DEBT!  Speaker George Caffentzis
“Debt: The First 5,000 years” by David Graeber (
o Read pp. 1-13, 14-18.  Take notes, bring questions.
April 13: Case Study:  Consequences of Inequality in America
Life Chances (ER)
Collins & Yeskel, “Economic Apartheid”,
Cohen, “Life is Healthy at the top” (ER)
Rowe, Vanishing Commons
Tilly, ‘Why Inequality is Bad” (ER)
Oxfam, “Cost of Inequality”
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April 14: First Assignment due
April 15
Jensen, Reading Classes, chapters 2, 3, 4, [pp. 28-116]
Lasch, “Abortion” ER
Smith, Values (
‘Gnomes Like Us’ (video)
April 16 Case Study: Race and Class
Oliver and Shapiro, White Wealth, Black Wealth – Intro, ch 1, 2  (ER) (BLOG)
April 17: Intersection of Race, Gender and Class
Film: Waging a Living
(BLOG on the film drawing connections to at least 2 texts we have read)
April 18th
Film - Roger and Me
How do you see the issues we have discussed class in the story of Flint?  Think about our tools as you watch the film – dominant ideologies about social classes, classism, myth of individualism, social systems and structures, social and cultural capital, privilege.  Take notes on the film for a 6-8 page written analysis
Film analysis due via email or in my mailbox
April 19: Case Study: Work and Intelligence
Mike Rose, The Mind at Work, Intro, ch 1, 2
Rose: ch 7 All; shared Ch 3, 4, 5; Concl ALL
Brief 1 page essay on one of your own work experiences in relation to Rose’s arguments.  
Prepare questions for the oral history assignment.
April 20th: Case Study: Reproduction of Class
Anyon ( )
Gorski “The Question of Class” (
Laureau, “Watching, waiting and deciding when to intervene: race, class and the transmission of advantage” (ER)
Rand Review (ER)
McLaren and Farahmandpur “Pedagogy of Oppression”
Statistics on per-pupil spending
Kahlenberg “Return of “separate but equal” MI
Class in higher ed
Jensen chapter 6.
Apr 21: Women and Class
Ransby “Katrina, Black women” (ER)
Luce & Brenner, “Women & Class: what has happened in forty years?” (ER)
Unit 3: Crossing Class
Apr 22 : Case Study:  Crossing Class
Apr 23
Jensen ch 6
bell hooks--“don’t get above your raisin’’ (video)
April 24: What is to be done?
Collins, 7 govt actions
Greider, Moral Economy,
Oliver and Shapiro ch 7

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