Classes

SOC-STD 98na - The American Ghetto

Semester: 

N/A

Offered: 

2012

The ghetto is among the most complex and troubling of all American institutions. This course analyzes the American ghetto in historical and contemporary perspective, exploring topics such as racial segregation, urban poverty, inner-city schools, the underground economy, and the prison boom. Along with engaging with several classic and contemporary texts, we will carry out ethnographic fieldwork in some of Boston's low-income neighborhoods. Read more about SOC-STD 98na - The American Ghetto

SOC 234 - Ethnographic Fieldwork

Semester: 

Spring

Offered: 

2012

This seminar offers an introduction to the practice, politics, and poetics of ethnographic fieldwork, the method of immersing oneself into people’s daily routines and systematically recording social processes as they unfold in real time.  Along with engaging with several classic and contemporary texts, you will collect, analyze, and argue with ethnographic data.  Over the course of this seminar, we will together grapple with questions such as the following.  What is “good” ethnography?  By what criteria does one evaluate fieldwork?  What… Read more about SOC 234 - Ethnographic Fieldwork