Project #69755 - Sociology

There is no introduction/thesis statement and conclusion needed. Just make sure to answer all the questions using the GIVEN materials.

Your responses must be typed, double-spaced, with 1” margins. The goal is to assess how well you understand the ideas presented in the readings and lectures and how well you incorporate specific course concepts into your responses. However, you are to use no direct quotes. Instead, paraphrase and cite the source appropriately. You are not to use any sources outside of the materials listed on the syllabus, lecture notes, and media examples from class. If you do not know the name of a specific film/media clip shared, describe it to the best of your ability and cite to the lecture date when the material was shared.

The question can be answered in approximately one to two pages within a focused, concise, and direct response. You will not be graded based on page length, but on the quality of your response. Your essay should directly answer the questions, not simply list examples of the concepts or summarize lectures or readings.

 

2) INCARCERATION AND THE WAR ON DRUGS: Explain "Why mass incarceration matters" (Thompson) by briefly outlining drug laws and mass incarcernation grounded in the Thompson article, and also referencing the documentary The House I Live In. How did drug use become racialized? How did actual usage statistics of drug use compare with the government and media portrayals of drug users? Explain how the usage of incarcerated people as cheap laborers affected labor conditions outside of prison. Who benefits financially from the expansion of the prison system/prison industrial complex and how is it an extension of neoliberal economic policy? Who is hurt by the prison system? Referencing The House I Live In, consider some of the larger societal questions raised by the crisis of mass incarceration/the war on drugs. Pose two or three larger questions you think we should be considering with relationship to this crisis. (Thompson, Bonilla Silva, Omi & Winant, The House I Live In)

 

4) ACTIVISM, SURVEILLANCE, BRUTALITY, PROTEST:
Throughout the term, we have learned about various forms of community activism/organization as well as government and social response to such organization, on both mass and micro levels. Based on the Pardo, Correa, and Díaz readings, as well as media examples shown in class, describe the context out of which the various movements addressed in the readings emerged, and what some of the main goals of the organizations were. Why were these organizations seen as a threat to the state? Considering COINTEL PRO (Correa, Omi & Winant, Bonilla Silva, Díaz, Pardo) in the 1960s and 70s and censorship raised in post 9-11 USA (Roza), analyze how U.S. government action has taken aim at constitutional rights and civil rights movements, and the role of race and ethnicity in government action. How might this affect present day community mobilization, activism and art (Bonilla and Rosa, Roza)? Lastly, briefly consider how the case of Woodrow Díaz, Jr., ties together issues of immigration, racial/ethnic unity, community mobilization, the War on Drugs, and mass incarceration. A successful answer will reference several media examples shown during lecture on the various social movements addressed throughout the course, particularly those focused on in week 14. (Sears, Bonilla & Rosa, Díaz, Thompson, Bonilla Silva, Omi & Winant, Rodriguez, Muñoz, Moore, Pardo, Correa, Roza)

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