module 9: marijuana legalization

March 18, 2017

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Marijuana Legalization and Research Projects For your final research project, students will create a WordPress.com page focused on the laws, policies, and sociological questions around one of the following social issues: body modifications, sex work, and drug harm reduction. In this posting, we will focus on marijuana legalization to provide you with ideas for your […]

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Module 8: Sex Work

February 9, 2017

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Assignment:  Documentary: Live Nude Girls, Unite! (2000) Sex Work and Research Projects For your final research project, students will create a WordPress.com page focused on the laws, policies, and sociological questions around one of the following social issues: body modifications, sex work, and drug harm reduction. In this posting, we will focus on sex work to […]

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Module 7: Body Modification

February 8, 2017

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Assignments:  Reading: Thompson, Beverly. (2015) “I want to be covered”: Heavily Tattooed Women Challenge the Dominant Beauty Culture  (library online database under JSTOR) Documentary: Covered Discussion Board Response Post #2 Body Modification Research Projects For your final research project, students will create a WordPress.com page focused on the laws, policies, and sociological questions around one of […]

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Module 6: Stigma

February 2, 2017

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Erving Goffman’s Stigma: Notes of the Management of Spoiled Identity (1963) Readings: Chapter 1: Stigma and Social Identity & Chapter 2: Information Control and Personal Identity Overview: Erving Goffman (1922-1982) was an important sociologist who contributed to sociology the idea of “symbolic interaction” in his many books: The Presentation of Self in Everyday Life (1956), […]

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Module 5: Subcultural Capital

February 2, 2017

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Assignment:  Thornton, Sarah. 1996. Club cultures: Music, Media and Subcultural Capital. Read chapters: 1, 3, 4 Documentary: Taquacore Overview Sarah Thornton sets out in her book Club Cultures to examine the social world of the discotheque and its associated dance culture, which she feels, other sociologists have looked down upon as a topic for being […]

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Module 4: Stylistic Revolt of Subcultures

February 2, 2017

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Assignments:  Hebdige, Dick. 1979. Subculture: The Meaning of Style. Read chapters: 4, 6, 7, 8 Documentary: Los Punks Discussion Board Response #1 (post link on Blackboard under tab “all assignments here,” see assignment details on Bb) My Subculture I worried that having many visible tattoos would negatively impact me as I sought a professional job in […]

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Module 3: Cohen on Moral Panics

February 2, 2017

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Reading & Video Assignments:  Movie: Quadrophenia (1979) Stanley Cohen, Folk Devils and Moral Panics. Chapters: 2, 3, & 4 Overview: Moral panics are popular narrative devices that can tell us a great deal about a society through the particular fears it empowers, and the responses to which it rallies the masses’ approval. Stanley Cohen provides […]

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