For this week, you have been assigned to read The Waning of American Apartheid? by Farley,
and Racial Formation Theory by Jacobson. You have also listened to a This American Life podcast (#512, House Rules). Jacobson helps us understand how race/ethnicity are formed in society, whereas the Farley article discusses how housing and residential segregation has decreased over the past 30 years, and points to some of the changes in mentality that are correlated with the change. Meanwhile, the podcast episode examines how housing discrimination continues to be a meaningful issue in American cities, what has and has not been done, and how the issue connects to the broader political economy of society. For your paper, please address the following questions:
- Farley describes some recent changes in residential segregation. What are the trends in racial residential segregation, and where have these changes been occurring most rapidly? How have these changes correlated with changing perceptions about residential integration among individuals? Finally, Farley ends with a list of reasons to be optimistic about residential segregation. What are some of the reasons he cites?
- Briefly summarize the podcast episode, House Rules. How is residential segregation perpetuated in society today, and how have the forms of segregation changed over time? Why is housing and housing segregation so important for inequality in American society, and why does this make it so hard to address? What are the political and legal forces that help shape housing discrimination, and how does enforcement (or lack of enforcement) perpetuate discrimination?
- The Farley article and the podcast present two different perspectives on residential segregation. Is it necessarily the case that one has to be wrong? If not, how are they able to discuss the same problem from two perspectives at the same time? Further, how do the issues raised by the This American Life podcast complicate Farley’s reasons for cautious optimism? Will future steps toward more integrated neighborhoods be easier or more complicated?
Formatting: The paper will be 2.5-3 pages (absolutely no more than 3) typed pages in Times
New Roman, 12 point font and with 1 inch margins on all sides. Please single space your paper’s heading, but double space the body of your paper.
Submission: You will submit a hard copy at the beginning of class. If you have printer problems, or do not attend class that day, you may submit a version to me by email and receive a 5 point deduction per day late.
Citations: You will include in-text citations that include the page number for any reference to the book or assigned media. Additional citations are welcome, but note required. If you cite additional sources, you must include a work cited page and you will cite your sources in a consistent and scholarly manner (ASA, APA, or MLA formats are acceptable).
Plagiarism: Your paper will not be plagiarized in any way. This means that your paper will be exclusively your work, it will not be fabricated in any way, and all work will be produced specifically for this assignment. Plagiarism includes making minor alterations to large chunks of text, and submitting it as your own work. A large portion of this assignment is to demonstrate that you understand the material, that you can apply the material in the real world, and that you are capable of thinking and writing about sociological concepts and processes. Plagiarizing the work of others does not do any of these things.
RUBRIC ATTACHED BELOW – 3 to 3.5 pages in length
(PODCAST THAT NEEDS TO BE LISTENED TO)
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