CAAS 434 - Social Organization of Black Communities
Section: 001
Term: WN 2008
Subject: Afroamerican and African Studies (CAAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
Advisory Prerequisites:
Introduction to SOC or introduction to CAAS.
Other Course Info:
(African-American Studies).
May not be repeated for credit.
Primary Instructor:

This course offers a critical examination of ethnographic studies of African-American urban life in the twentieth century, with an emphasis on contemporary studies. Ethnography is a method of research that involves participating in, and critically observing, a community or social setting for the purpose of generating a scholarly analysis. In sociology, the ethnographic approach has been a principal means of studying African American urban life. For the purposes of this course a selection of ethnographies will be assessed within the context of the development of American social scientific research, and the historical developments that affected the social and cultural spheres of African American urban life, throughout the twentieth century. The format for the course will be a combination of lectures and class discussions.

The analytical questions that will shape our interrogation of the material for this course include the following:

  1. What kinds of social organizational patterns exist in the urban communities within which Black Americans reside?,
  2. Does a distinctive Black American culture also exist in these communities?,
  3. In what ways may Black American social organizational and cultural patterns be perceived as healthy or deleterious, and by what standards?,
  4. In what ways, and to what extent, are developments in Black American social organization and culture autonomous from, or dependant upon, developments in American social organization and culture?,
  5. What implications for social policy are elucidated in each of the studies considered in this course?, and
  6. What kind of specific method or approach to ethnography is utilized in each of these studies?

CAAS 434 - Social Organization of Black Communities
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001 (LEC)
TuTh 10:00AM - 11:30AM
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