Normandale Community College Social Stratification in US Questionnaire

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ch8; Social Stratification in U.S. ch 9; Global stratification ch 10; race and ethnicity ch. 11. as well as laws mentioned in video Slavery by Another Name in Materials/Content and NPR audio interview on The New Jim Crow by Michelle Alexander in materials/Content.

  1. In Global Implications of Media and Technology, chapter 8.3, there is a section on Media Globalization. You will see media consolidation and oligopoly highlighted. According to the text, how does media consolidation and oligopoly create an under-informed public? Please explain what the authors want us to understand, and give an example either from the text, or something you have observed.
  2. Choose a theory from section 8.4 that you feel helps explain today’s media in a way that you find most relevant to your life and explain it. 
  3. Chapter nine discusses social stratification in the United States. a. What does social stratification mean? 
  4. Section 9.4 discusses the various theories used by sociologists who study social stratification in the United States. How is the functionalist theory different from conflict theory?
  5. Chapter 10 discusses Global Inequality. In section 10.1, Immanuel Wallerstein’s: World Systems Approach (a conflict approach), explains one theory that sociologists who study global stratification often refer to. What does Wallerstein mean when he divides countries into core nations, peripheral nations, and semi-peripheral nations? (Feel free to draw on discussion of countries, following the defining of World Systems Approach, to explain how this theory views various country’s wealth or poverty.)
  6. 10.3 explains to readers the difference between Modernization Theory (functionalism) and Dependency Theory (another conflict theory). In what ways are these theories incompatible with each other? 
  7. Section 11.1 addresses the question “What is race?” a) Please summarize what the authors (sociologists) have to say on that topic. b) What does ethnicity mean?
  8. What is the difference between stereotype, prejudice, and discrimination?
  9. 11.2 defines institutional racism. Please define it and give an example of it (either from the book or from your own observations and knowledge).
  10. 11.3 describes functionalism, conflict theory, which includes intersection theory, and interactionism as applied to the topic of race and ethnicity. Which theory or theories do you feel explain racial and ethnic experiences the best? 
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