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Michele Dillon. 2020. Introduction to Sociological Theory: Theorists, Concepts, and their Applicability to the Twenty-First Century. Third edition. Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons, Ltd.
Instructions for this exam:
This exam requires you to use Michele Dillon’s book. Answering the questions below require you to engage with – Chapter 12, Chapter 13, Chapter 14, and Chapter 15 from Michele Dillon’s book.
As you will notice, there are multiple parts to each question; make sure to answer ALL parts of ALL questions.
The reason for making these questions so detailed and grounded in the textbook is so that you have plenty of information to work with; and there is no good reason to fall short of length requirement. (Each answer must be at least 50 words and must not exceed a page).
The answers must be typed neatly in double space, with size 12 Times New Roman font, with 1-inch margins on all sides, and with no unnecessary spaces.
All the answers are due on eCampus by the end of Thursday, December 10th (Eastern Standard Time). Late penalty applies with a reduction of 10 points per each day.
University policies regarding academic integrity will apply. Plagiarism is not tolerated (no verbatim reproductions from the textbooks or any other source unless asked to provide a verbatim textbook definition).
SHORT ANSWER QUESTIONS: Must answer ALL TEN questions. Respond briefly but thoroughly. Your answers must be at least 50 words per question (not per bullet point) and should not exceed a page per each question. 50 Points (5 points each)
1. New Racism (Chapter 12)
• What is New Racism? How is ‘new racist tendency’ different from the old school biological explanations of dominant race?
• What role does DNA technology play in racial issues?
2. Social Stratification (Chapter 13):
• What according to Pierre Bourdieu are the three types of capital – economic, cultural, and social?
• Discuss how all these three are interconnected.
3. Family and School in the Production of Cultural Capital (Chapter 13):
• What is educational capital?
• What is the contribution of one’s family in providing or enhancing the educational capital, according to Bourdieu?
4. Autonomy of economic and cultural capital (Chapter 13):
• From the sub-segment “Autonomy of economic and cultural capital”, how does Parson’s functionalist perspective views schools; and how does Marxist conflict perspective view schools?
• How is Pierre Bourdieu’s view on schools different from these two perspectives?
5. Box 13.1 Erotic Capital (Chapter 13):
• Discuss Catherine Hakim’s take on Erotic Capital.
• Do you agree with her assessment? Why or why not?
6. What is Globalization? (from Chapter 14):
• Discuss Anthony Giddens’ concept of disembeddedness.
• How can we understand the notion of ‘glocalization’ in this context?
7. Class Inequality (from Chapter 14):
• How does class inequalities manifest in globalized world?
• What are different views on ‘class polarization?’ Discuss how Anthony Giddens and David Held differ from Leslie Sklair.
8. The State’s Negotiation of Local and Global Forces (from Chapter 14):
• Discuss Anthony Gidden’s “dialectical nature of globalization”
• Discuss James Rosenau’s “distant proximities”
• What is the common theme present in these two concepts?
9. Chinese Modernity and South Korean Modernity (from Chapter 15):
• How is modernity affecting China and South Korea?
• How do their respective experiences of modernity vary from modernity as experienced in the West?
10. Ulrich Beck: Global Risk Society (Chapter 15)
• What is ‘risk society,’ according to Ulrich Beck?
• “Risk is not new…” says Ulrich Beck. Even societies in the past centuries faced their share of risk. However, according to Beck, what is unique about risk in our current society? How is it different from past centuries?