The Politics Bread and Circus

This week let’s use the crowdsource to discuss Eisinger’s piece, “The Politics of Bread and Circus”. After the 1974 Fiscal Crisis, New York City assumes a new economic orientation, and Eisinger discusses a specific component of this new orientation. What is this new economic orientation? How does it contrast with the economic orientation of the city prior to…

The making of the American Ghetto

  This week let’s use the crowdsource to the making of the American Ghetto. There are many things to speak to this week, but something important to consider is: What does the word ‘ghetto’ actually mean – in contrast to the colloquial way we use it in the US – and how does this map onto how…

Unraveling the Intersections of Inequality

This week let’s use the crowdsource to have a general conversation about economic inequality, and to lay out some of the specific intersections and disparities that exist within the realm of economic inequality. Moreover, I want us to consider how we think these disparities have come about, and what material and social and political consequences they…

Why Poverty?

This week let’s use the crowdsource to discuss Goldsmith and Blakely’s (2010) chapter, “Top-down Economics and Bottom-up Politics” in their book, Separate Societies: Poverty and Inequality. We will use this crowdsource as a way to being making sense of this chapter together. Specifically, the chapter presents three perspectives on the question, ‘Why does poverty exist?’.  What are the various perspectives?…

Crowdsource: Overview

  During the first half of the semester, we as a class will crowdsource our understanding of a particular article. I will post a prompt to the course website every Wednesday after class, and students will have until 12n on Sunday (unless otherwise noted, see due dates below) to include their thoughts, responses, questions and/or…

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