Sociology 169: Paper #2:
Due by 5pm on Friday, 3/4 (Week 9)
Length: 4-5 pages, typed, double-spaced 12-point font (excluding cover page and bibliography)
Note: Unless excused ahead of the deadline by your TA, late papers will be penalized (10 points per day).
Answer one of the following 3 questions: IGNORE QUESTIONS 1 AND 3
To what extent are the main theoretical ideas and concepts of Omi and Winant useful for understanding contemporary racial politics? Be sure to define and explain Omi and Winant’s key concepts, including ‘race,’ ‘racial formation,’ ‘anti-racist projects,’ ‘racist projects,’ and ‘racial democracy,’ and any other concepts and ideas from the assigned reading (Chapter 4) that are relevant to your response. Be sure to provide evidence or examples from research from at least one outside source to provide support for your evaluation of Omi and Winant’s concepts and ideas.
To what extent are the main theoretical ideas and concepts of McDowell and Fernandez useful for understanding the Black Lives Matter movement? Be sure to explain the distinction that McDowell and Fernandez draw between liberal and radical abolitionist perspectives on police and define and explain the concept of ‘dual power’ in your response. Be sure to provide evidence or examples from research from at least one outside source to provide support for your evaluation of McDowell and Fernandez’s concepts and ideas.
Choose at least one of the following authors: Anzaldua, Chow, Cohen, Hill Collins, or Yamada. How does this author’s main theoretical ideas and concepts relate to the main concepts and ideas of intersectional feminist theory? To what extent is your selected author’s ideas related to intersectionality useful for understanding the dynamics of inequality and resistance to inequality? Be sure to define and explain key concepts and ideas from the author you choose in your response and provide evidence or examples from research from at least one outside source and/or personal experience to provide support for your evaluation of your selected author’s ideas and concepts.
When you turn in your paper:
Be sure to number your pages.
Include a separate cover sheet: (1) your name; (2) the question number that you are answering; (3) your paper title; (4) your TA’s name; (5) your section number; (6) the current date. You should not include this information in a header for your paper.
Provide a bibliography for all sources you cite (including any readings listed or not listed on the course syllabus) using the format provided below.
Hints and directions:
1. All papers should have an overall argument that is clearly stated in both the introduction and conclusion of the paper and which you develop in the body of your paper. If you can’t answer: “What’s the point of the paper?” in one or two sentences, you still have work to do. In this case, the main point of your paper is your critical evaluation of the analytical usefulness of the authors’ theoretical ideas and concepts. You need to summarize each author’s perspective and discuss it in your paper and that discussion should relate to and provide the foundation for your evaluation of the usefulness of the authors’ ideas and concepts. You should not just evaluate the authors in one paragraph or in the conclusion. You must provide reasons for your evaluation of the author and cite evidence or examples; don’t just state your opinion of the author’s ideas.
Recommendation: I strongly recommend writing at least two drafts of this paper. You should
“pump out” your first draft, getting a lot of ideas down on paper. Don’t worry about getting it right the first time (no one does). Pick out your best ideas and organize them well in your second draft. It is often very helpful to write an outline of your paper before writing your first or second draft so that your paper is organized and flows well.
You should cite all the material you use: Note that you should only cite lecture when
it introduced an idea that is not already discussed in the readings.
How to cite a passage that you summarize:
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Blumer 1969: 72-76).
How to use a short quote from the reading:
“XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX” (Blumer 1969: 77).
How to use a long quote (three lines or more):
Indent and single-space the quote; quote marks are not necessary:
XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX (Blumer 1969: 77)
Note: After you use a quote, you need to explain what it means.
Format for citing references in the text of your paper:
Be sure to cite the readings you are referring to using the format below in the text of your paper. You should cite the reading when you summarize it OR when you quote directly from the reading. Since this is a short paper, you should avoid long quotes. If you use a quote, be sure to explain what it means in your own words or how it relates to your main arguments.
Citation Format Example: XXXXXXXXXXXX (Dohan 2003: 20-24). Xxxxx (Last year of pub: pages)
Bibliography (only required for outside readings; use ASA style guide):
Note: List your sources in alphabetical order by author’s name (not by type of source).
Instructions for Bibliography: Please format the readings you cite (including those on and not on the syllabus) according to the American Sociological Association’s style guidelines.
For info on ASA style, see:
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