Poverty in the United States|
Fall 2012 not offered
|Course Cluster: Urban Studies|
This seminar will address the history of poverty and of poor people, focusing primarily on the production, consumption, and availability of food. We will take as our assumption that food, hunger, and nutrition are political issues that are vital to how states, corporations, and citizens understand their ethical obligations to, and power over, others. Placing events in the United States (such as the the food stamp program developed in the 1960s) in a comparative global context, we will think about how different states and societies interact over, negotiate about, and imagine solutions to the problem of feeding their people.
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|Course Format: Seminar||Grading Mode: Student Option|
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Richard Cloward and France Fox Piven, REGULATING THE POOR: THE FUNCTIONS OF PUBLIC WELFARE
William DiFazio, ORDINARY POVERTY: A LITTLE FOOD AND COLD STORAGE
Hasia Diner, HUNGERING FOR AMERICA: ITALIAN, IRISH AND JEWISH FOODWAYS IN THE AGE OF MIGRATION
Susan Levine, SCHOOL LUNCH POLITICS: THE SURPRISING HISTORY OF AMERICA'S FAVORITE WELFARE PROGRAM
Sidney W. Mintz, SWEETNESS AND POWER: THE PLACE OF SUGAR IN MODERN HISTORY
Mark Wyman, HOBOES: BINDLESTIFFS, FRUIT TRAMPS, AND THE HARVESTING OF THE WEST
Upton Sinclair, THE JUNGLE
Luis Urrea, BY THE LAKE OF SLEEPING CHILDREN
|Examinations and Assignments: |
A final research paper (15-20 pp.); a class presentation; and a complete reading journal.
|Additional Requirements and/or Comments: |
This is a particularly good course for first-year students who have never written a research paper, who would like to develop their research and writing, who would like to experiment with a new interest or who would prefer to learn in a non-competitive environment where challenging accepted wisdom is encouraged. The class is being offered CR/U not because it is easy, but to encourage students to take the intellectual risks that the course offers.
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