Poverty in the United States|
Fall 2007 not offered
AMST 142, FGSS 121|
Who are the poor, and what historic function has poverty served for the larger social, economic, and cultural order in the United States? This seminar will address knowledge about poverty and poor people's movements from the late 19th to the late 20th century. The course will address shifts in capital accumulation, class formation, and industrial organization that produce, or change the conditions for, poverty. Attempts to redress poverty, through welfare and self help, will also be a focus. Our readings will combine structural and political analyses with cultural theory that addresses the meaning of work, ideologies of self-improvement and community empowerment, public responsibility for the poor, and struggles over the meaning and ethics of welfare.
Students will research the historical causes of poverty in their home communities, using government documents available at Olin library as their main primary source material.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Annelise Orleck, COMMON SENSE AND A LITTLE FIRE
Upton Sinclair, THE JUNGLE
Linda Gordon, PITIED BUT NOT ENTITLED
Carol Stack, ALL MY KIN
Thomas Sugrue, THE ORIGINS OF THE URBAN CRISIS
William Julius Wilson, THE TRULY DISADVANTAGED
|Examinations and Assignments: |
4 2-page papers; a midterm draft (7-10 pp., graded); and a final term paper 15-20 pp.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
Biweekly meetings with a student working group, time and place to be determined by the group
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