For your 2nd research project – PLEASE READ THIS

Hiya folks!

I’m about done working through your research papers, and what strikes me is (a) how much work you all have put into these interesting, creative projects; and (b) how much work I am putting into reading and thinking through your interesting, creative projects.

This is more work on BOTH ends than I’d intended.

So I have an option to suggest for you for research project 2.

Go make your community better. Choose what you mean by “community,” what you mean by “better.” But do it in such a way that acknowledges or impacts the distribution of power in that community. (Ah! There’s the catch! Because you have to think through how your type of community engagement is related to issues of power in the community!) When you are done, write up 3-4 paragraphs on what you did, why you chose that option, and how it did/did not work to have an impact on your community, distribution of power within it. **I would like to also encourage you to work with a partner or a group – because we’ve seen that collective action tends to have more impact than individual actions – but this is just a suggestion.

Your alternative – and this may appeal to some of you!! – is to keep research project #2 as previously assigned.

I welcome feedback – we can talk about this anytime.

LM

things I think about while reading Abu-Lughod talking about Chicago

  1. Reminder of the concentric zone model:https://www.flickr.com/photos/rllayman/6605934195/

     

  2. Much reference in ch 3 of rioters wanting to “disrupt the normal routine” – in the 1990s I was a member of ACT UP in San Francisco & then in Philly. (The AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power – we were bad ass. Look us up if you’ve not heard of us.) One common chant as we pressured pharmaceutical companies was: No more business as usual, AIDS won’t wait. It was not about “boredom” — one way to interpret the need for disruption, for a world outside of normalcy. Instead, it is a sense that life/death matters are at stake – that we/society should not keep operating as though nothing were wrong. That’s what I feel when reading Abu-Lughod talk about these high school students not wanting schools and businesses to carry on as normal – nothing normal after King was murdered.      (See this interview for some ACT UP context: http://https://www.linktv.org/shows/link-voices/aids-activist-reflects-on-his-life-changing-act-up-experience

Office hours, Tuesday

My friends,

I’m sorry, I won’t be able to hold office hours at all tomorrow. The local schools have declined to educate my children tomorrow – something about elections, whatever – so I won’t be in.

However I WILL be checking email, and I will be around all day Wednesday and most of the day Thursday. Please don’t hesitate to contact me if you need me.

Cheers,

LM

Next reaction paper due date… and final “research paper” due date

Hi folks –

I’ve had a request to move the due date for the next reaction paper. NO problem! Let’s move it to 11/6. You can OF COURSE turn it in earlier than that date. Do recognize that the final reaction paper deadline is 11/23.

Your final “research paper” is due Dec 4th, the last day of class. It says this on the hard copy syllabus I gave you – it does not currently say this in the readings/schedule section of the blog.

**I’ve changed the time stamp on the blog, it *should* be accurate now.

More questions? Holler.

LM

Readings for Wed., Friday this week.

People,

I’m updating your readings from the syllabus (syllabus says we have some stuff TBA – this is me, announcing it.)

Section 1: (10am)

Wed: this piece by Useem breakdown.   This article is comparing 2 competing theories that aim to explain the rise of “non-routine collective action.” Focus on: what is the distinction between routine/non-routine collective action? Do you find that distinction compelling? Then try to get clear on the differences between Breakdown Theory & Resource Mobilization Theory. We WILL talk about these in class. Finally, pay attention also to the role of government repression: even if we don’t get to this Wednesday, we will explore this as we read Abu-Lughod.

Fri: this piece on anti-war movements: Lieberfeld antiwar

What does this mean about Abu-Lughod book? We will push the chapters back a day. So, read ch 1 for Monday, then roughly a chapter/day after that. Discussion leaders will update you on which chapters to focus on in advance of their discussions.

 

Section 2 (11am)

Wed: this piece: Useem breakdown      This article is comparing 2 competing theories that aim to explain the rise of “non-routine collective action.” Focus on: what is the distinction between routine/non-routine collective action? Do you find that distinction compelling? Then try to get clear on the differences between Breakdown Theory & Resource Mobilization Theory. We WILL talk about these in class. Finally, pay attention also to the role of government repression: even if we don’t get to this Wednesday, we will explore this as we read Abu-Lughod.

Fri: Ch1 of Abu-Lughod.  Also these news articles: http://www.mtv.com/news/2145392/heres-what-history-can-teach-us-about-the-baltimore-riots/

and

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/11/26/american-social-movementshavealwaysincludedriots.html

 

 

LM

FOR MONDAY

Section 1: We will talk about the documents and links under the “budget” clump (look down the list of “announcements,” you’ll find it.). Feel free to bring additional things to the table – you can feel free to post stuff for us to the blog, or bring to class.

Section 2: We will talk about the documents and links under the “University policies” clump. Again – feel free to bring additional topics and ideas to the table.

Questions? Just holler.

LM