A Justice Site
CSUDH - Habermas - UWP - Archives
California State University, Dominguez Hills
University of Wisconsin, Parkside
Created: April 13, 2004
Latest Update: April 13, 2004
Site Copyright: Jeanne Curran and Susan R. Takata and Individual Authors, April 2004.
"Fair use" encouraged.
- Reframing Organizations, Lee G. Bolman, Terrence E. Deal, Jossey-Bass, 2003. Latest edition. ISBN: 0-7879-6427-1 (pbk)
- Understanding Legal Concepts That Influence Social welfare Policy and Practice, Rudolph Alexander, Jr. Thomson Learning. 2003. ISBN: 0-534-59661-4 (pbk)
- The Theory Toolbox: Critical Concepts for the Humanities and Social Sciences Jeffrey Nealon and Susan Searls Giroux. Bowman & Littlefield Publishers, Inc., 2003. ISBN: 0-7425-1994-5 (pbk)
These texts offer leading edge issues in both praxis: how to lead a working group effectively, and in the theoretical approaches most current as guides to such praxis.
Will use grading procedure from Spring 2004: Testing Procedures for Those Who Missed Interpersonal Exchange Allows you to select topics for discussion that will let you tell us what you have learned. You have choices, and it is not a test, but participation in a discussion. The second part of your grade is based on your participation in the Naked Space Exhibition of Visual Sociology at the end of the semester.
- A changing view of agencies and their role in the framing of local and national political and social issues.
- Will include aspects of sociology of work: aspects of work.
- The Wilding of America Essay discussion up. Consider the relationship of wilding to agencies, and to the agencies we work with. Do agencies wild? How? More essays up soon. jeanne
- Complicity: Local to National to International
References and Resources:
- Magnum photos from Eve Arnold's All in a Day's Work. This is an extraordinary group of photos of people working, around the world. There are 129 photos from this work. You can enlarge the photo by clicking on it. You can then follow the photos by clicking "suivante" (next) as you go through. The book is out of print, but perhaps we can find a copy somewhere. I think you can buy individual photos on the Magnum site, though there is a registration procedure, and I had next to no time the day I was doing this. Check it out.
I chose to share small versions of these two photos as representative of her work. Notice how she uses form in the first. The repetition of round forms in the mosque, in the arches. Then the dark circular wheel form, with the dark rounded arch form of the door. Here we are seeing both light and dark and shapes that pull the photograph together. Then notice the clear horizontal lines of the mosque, horizontal and white on the upper parts, repeated in the two black rectangles of the entrance and the screened entrance to the right. Note how these horizontal lines contrast with the lines created by the man's pulling of the cart. One dark line is made by the handle that he holds at about waste level, while another is created by his body as he leans into the effort of pulling. The line of his body would likely intersect with the corner of the dark entrance way.
The lines create tension as must the pulling of the cart. The tension is made visible by the use of line and color. And that whole miniature dark scene is set against the calm, colorful setting of the mosque, both identifying a place, a culture, a life style and creating an incredible image.
Eve Arnold 1969
CENTRAL ASIA. 1969.
AFGHANISTAN. Human labour is cheaper than animal labour or machinery. 1969.
The image below of the vegetable seller was so striking that I just stopped and stared for a while. This one, for me, is less cognitive, more pure feeling. The colors, on my computer, at least, are astounding. Soft pastels, surrounded by that soft gray of the stone steps, framed by the white robes standing above. The hajib (veil) contrasts with the soft multiple pastels: pink, pale green embroidered pants with small pink flowers in the fabric, and what looks like a soft yellow chiffon scarf over it all. The shapes of bag and baskets and roghly woven muslim in beige and gray-browns both set the whole scene into the steps and still highlight the pastel shades of the vegetables. Notice the drapery as it grounds the basket of tomatoes. Notice the variation in textures from rough-woven to basketry to the silk-like white fabric of the people at the entrance and the sheer yellow of the vegetable seller's scarf. Notice the effect you can have when you zoom in onto fine details. What a contrast with the photograph above in which the architectural lines and lines of whole bodies of objects tell the story. Where I feel tension in the photo of the cart-puller, here I feel a calm that makes me want to slow down and share the beauty of this very small moment.
Eve Arnold 1971
United Arab Emirates. Own film. 1971.
United Arab Emirates. A vegetable seller. 1971.
What do you think these photos tell us about the work of each of these people? What do you think these would tell us themselves about their work?
Can you sense the skill that went into making these photos? Can you relate that skill to one of the problems of participatory projects? How could we alleviate the conflict between skill and differing perceptions?
- Criminal Justice
- Juvenile Justice
- The Death Penalty
- A Felon in the Family
- Restorative Justice
- When there is a victim, how do we define the balancing rights of the perpetrator? Does he/she have any? What is their source? (Alexander, 2003, passim)
- How is the issue of forgiveness related to the Death Penalty?
- How is the issue of error related to the Death Penalty?
- If violence begets violence, how do we take back the safety of our streets and schools?
- Who is incarcerated, and to whose benefit? (John Irwin, passim.)
- What effect has the criminal justice system had on the family, its orientation, and survival?
- Where are the biases in restorative justice?
- Education: College Journal Resume Suggestions . . . Backup Interview with Alejandro Portes; Oursourcing report blames schools; Negotiating Class Interests and Academy-Community Divides: The Case of Women's Studies' Emergence at the University of Minnesota by Catherine M. Orr; Cultural Capital: the Literary Canon
- Changing maturities
- McDonald Jobs- Wal-Mart - who needs them and why? Voting 'No' on Low Prices and Good Jobs "Inglewood would have benefited from Wal-Mart." Backup. Essay and analysis at Jobs as Counted Commodities Lecture, resources, and discussion questions included. Good guide for authenticating learning for grading.
- The Canon - who decides?
- Competence and unquestioning acquiescence.
- The effects of bureaucratization. Weber.
- The separatiion between the academy and the community.
- Economic Survival - Safety Nets the economic safety net - a parable
- Employment security
- Employment mobility
- Effects of employment mobility on families
- The hourglass perspective of our labor market (Alejandro Portes: The New Second Generation)
- The single parent
- The state interest in children
- Housing and space issues
- Mental Health: National Institute of Mental Health, Different viewpoints on economic safety nets The World Bank (conservative);
- The ethical issues involved in asking someone to adapt to a system that exploits them.
- The ethical issues involved in asking someone to adapt to a system that harms them.
- What's normal? Do I want to be normal? Do I have to be normal?
- Interpassivity and interactivity - individual differences.
- Medication issues. A nation on Prozac?
- Health Issues: National Institute of Health
- Contractual issues.
- churchman's or jeanne's doctors?
- smoking and obesity and choice
- toxicity of the environment
- poisoning of the environment as cost of doing business
Corporate Welfare Issues: Corporate Welfare Information Center, CNN Corporate Welfare, Ending Corporate Welfare as we know it Right perspective. Differentiates between tax break and welfare., Strange Bedfellows: Politics and Policy On different perspectives of corporate welfare.
- Cost of a failing business to the workers
- Difference between not taking profits away and giving other money: origin of profits
- Greed and its regulation - the hourglass economy - Portes.
Lectures are posted on the Internet. Class is devoted to discussions.