Week 11

In William Julius Wilson’s More Than Just Race: Being Black and Poor in the Inner City, Wilson—a prominent African American Sociologist, examines the structural and cultural factors involved in the patterned, or consistent, state of being black and impoverished in the United States. He addresses the culture of racism, and the culture of African-Americans alongside … Continue reading Week 11

Week 8

“Segregation and the Making of the Underclass” [Douglas S. Massey & Nancy A. Denton] In Massey and Denton’s “Segregation and the Making of the Underclass”, the actual process of racial segregation and the subsequent resulting creation of an ‘underclass’ dominated by African-Americans is explained. Massey and Denton do not hesitate to point out that racially … Continue reading Week 8

Week 7

“The Environment of the Negro” [W.E.B. Du Bois] In Du Bois’ “The Environment of the Negro” approximately 40,000 African-Americans living in inner city Philadelphia (175) were observed, or studied. African-Americans themselves were not just observed, but as the title suggests, special attention was paid to the environments in which they lived. More specifically, great detail … Continue reading Week 7

William Julius Wilson

The Declining Significance of Race: Revisited but Not Revised Wilson’s ‘Declining Significance of Race’ is essentially a rebuttal to the argument that race is not less of an issue of significance than economic deprivation, or class immobility. More specifically, this particular article is in response to a colleague, Charles V. Willie, arguing that Wilson’s assertion […]

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