AAS 434 - Social Organization of Black Communities
Section: 001
Term: WN 2014
Subject: Afroamerican & African Studies (AAS)
Department: LSA Afroamerican and African Studies
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Advisory Prerequisites:
Introduction to SOC or introduction to AAS.
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?

AAS 434 - Social Organization of Black Communities
Schedule Listing
001 (LEC)
TuTh 11:30AM - 1:00PM
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ISBN: 9780226018164
Streetwise : race, class, and change in an urban community, Author: Elijah Anderson, Publisher: Univ. of Chicago Press [Nachdr.] 1997
ISBN: 9780226316659
Living the drama community, conflict, and culture among inner-city boys, Author: David J. Harding., Publisher: University of Chicago Press [Online-Au 2010
ISBN: 9780226389998
Harlem world : doing race and class in contemporary black America, Author: John L. Jackson Jr., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 2003
ISBN: 9780520251168
Blue-chip Black : race, class, and status in the new Black middle class, Author: Karyn R. Lacy., Publisher: Univ. of California Press [Online-Au 2007
ISBN: 9780226649320
Black on the block : the politics of race and class in the city, Author: Mary Pattillo., Publisher: University of Chicago Press 1st pbk. e 2008
ISBN: 9780742528963
Tally's corner : a study of negro streetcorner men, Author: Elliot Liebow., Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield New ed. 2003
ISBN: 9780674030718
Off the books : the underground economy of the urban poor, Author: Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh., Publisher: Harvard University Press [Reprint] 2008
ISBN: 9780472034369
Getting ghost : two young lives and the struggle for the soul of an American city, Author: Luke Bergmann., Publisher: University of Michigan Press 2010
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