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What is the relationship between globalization and inequality? This course is divided into four parts. First we examine the migration of jobs across national borders. Second, we examine the emergence of a new global underclass. Third, we make linkages between U.S. inequality and global outsourcing. Finally, we analyze the mechanisms for the accumulation of capital within new speculative industries like global finance. We aim to think beyond the binary question of “is globalization good or bad?” and instead to understand the social, political, and economic processes that shape global inequalities; to understand the linkages between the Global South and the Global North, and be able to think about these linkages both on an individual and on a system-wide level; and to consider solutions to the problems (growing inequality) created by globalization while preserving its gains.
This course introduces students to the craft of sociological ethnography. It has three components. In the first, students learn the basic techniques of three ‘schools’ of ethnography. In the second, students read ethnographies from each approach, seeking to understand which techniques led to the finished text. In the final and main course component, students will put these techniques to practice during the term, as they design and conduct a small-scale ethnographic research project, learning in the process the logistics of selecting a field site, recruiting informants, interviewing, recording and analyzing data.
This course guides first-year graduate students through data collection and analysis, explores techniques and technologies of analysis and interpretation, and discusses research ethics arising in the process of data collection. I have designed this course to complement and guide your journeys as you take your research prospectus from SOCY7710 and begin to set it in motion. A prospectus is a blueprint and a heuristic. You will painstakingly construct your research design, yet once you begin data collection, the empirical ground under you will shift. It is the prospectus that will help you realign research design with a new empirical reality. With that in mind, the course’s readings are organized in three parts: on posing a question, on research design, and on merging theory with data. (Notably I do not structure the course according to quantitative or qualitative divisions – both quantitative and qualitative works will be assessed side-by-side in terms of conceptual, not just methodological, characteristics.) In the end of the course we will workshop drafts of your own prospectus.