ISSUES IN SOCIAL THEORY AND RESEARCH: MARGINALITY, NEOLIBERALISM AND THE STATE
Credit points: 30
In this subject you will closely read an ethnography: Bourgois & Schonberg's Righteous Dopefiend (2009); a gritty urban monograph dealing with a community of marginalized and disenfranchised homeless addicts in San Francisco. Bourgois & Schonberg take the particular insights of their ethnographic field and use them to illuminate the larger issues of race, class, gender, femininity, masculinity, violence, humour, sadness, criminality and morality. Their work is also an example of a critically applied social science, in that the authors sought to influence policy in relation to health service delivery for homeless addicts. In exploring such themes Bourgois & Schonberg's work dissolves the putative divide between anthropology, sociology and development studies, and gives us concrete examples of some of the big-ticket concepts that you will be tackling throughout your Honours year.
SchoolHumanities and Social Sciences
Subject Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran
Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsNo
Subject year levelYear Level 4 - UG/Hons/1st Yr PG
Available as ElectiveNo
Learning ActivitiesSeminar activities including small group discussions, annotated bibliography, readings, small group presentations and essay.
Prerequisites Acceptance by Honours convenors of application to enrol in the Sociology and Anthropology honours program
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Special conditionsCore subject for Sociology students and students undertaking joint Honours degrees that include Sociology
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Melbourne (Bundoora), 2021, Semester 1, Blended
Maximum enrolment sizeN/A
Subject Instance Co-ordinatorAnthony Moran
SeminarWeek: 10 - 22
One 3.00 h seminar per week on weekdays during the day from week 10 to week 22 and delivered via blended.
We require a room at Bundoora campus with video-conferencing, to accommodate regional students.
Oral presentation (2000 word equivalent)
One 1,500-word annotated bibliography
One 5,000-word essay