Prof. P. Currah
PEOPLE, POWER, AND POLITICS
Readings for the Semester
PPP = People, Power, and Politics textbook
OR=On Reserve in the library
Underlined readings/questions mean that they are hyperlinked, and available on the
internet by clicking your mouse (from a browser such as Netscape) on the link.
John Locke, selection from The Second Treatise on Government (1680) (CP).
Questions on Locke
B. Pluralism and Elitism
Gary Wasserman, "Who Wins, Who Loses: Pluralism versus Elitism," (PPP),
C. Wright Mills, "The Higher Circles," pp. 540-560.
on the Wasserman and C.W. Mills readings
Robert Dahl, "Describing Influence," (PPP), 9-43.
Peter Bachrach and Morton S. Baratz, "Two Faces of Power," in Bias of
Pluralism, ed. William Connolly (New York: Atherton Press, 1969): 51-64. (OR)
Immanuel Ness, "The Three Dimensional Introduction to Power and
Authority," (PPP), 50-57.
George R. Vickers, "Karl Marx and the Process of Change," (PPP),
Karl Marx and Frederick Engels, "Manifesto of the Communist Party (PPP),
Read online notes on the transition from socialism to communism
D. Weber's Critique of Marx
Sidney Aronson, "Max Weber and Social Stratification," pp. 119-125.
Max Weber, "Postscript: The Concepts of Status Groups and Classes," pp.
E. The Fourth Dimension of Power
William Chafe, "Sex and Race: The Analogy of Social Control," (PPP), 517-531.
on the Chafe reading
Stephen Steinberg, "The Underclass: A Case of Color Blindness" (CP).
Jonathan Ned Katz, "The Heterosexual Comes Out" (CP).
Questions on the Katz reading
Michel Foucault, "Truth and Power" (CP).
Questions on the Foucault reading
- Michel Foucault, Power/Knowledge (OR)
- Ruth Frankenberg, "Whiteness and Americanness" (CP).
- Michel-Rolph Trouillot, "Culture, Color, and Politics in Haiti," (in Race,
edited by Sanjek and Gregory) (OR)
A. Social Class in America:
Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt, "Family Income: Slow Growth,
Rising Inequality," (PPP), 75-88.
Lawrence Mishel, Jared Bernstein and John Schmitt, "More for the Wealthy,
Financial Decline and Insecurity for the Majority," (PPP) 88-103.
- Doug Henwood, "The Boom Years," The Nation March 29, 1999, p. 10.
(handed out in class.)
Sally Avery Bermanzohn, "What is Welfare: A Brief History of U.S. Social
Welfare," (PPP) 131-152.
Roslyn Feldberg, "Comparable Worth: Toward Theory and Practice in the United
States," (PPP), 304-320.
B. Race, Racism, and Discrimination:
Joseph Wilson, "Introduction," (PPP), 171-176.
Questions on Wilson
Lerone Bennett, Jr., "Before the Mayflower," (PPP), 177-196.
Questions on Bennett
W.E.B. Du Bois, "The Conservation of the Races (PPP), 197-202.
Questions on Du Bois
James Baldwin, "On Being `White'...and Other Lies," (1984), handed out in
class and on reserve (OR)
W.E.B. Du Bois, The Souls of
Black Folk (full text on line -- off site)
Joe Feagin and Clairece Feagin, "Theories of Discrimination," (PPP),
Questions on the Feagins' reading
Just what is an "institution"
- Elizabeth Kolbert, "The Perils of Safety: Did crime-fighting tactics put Amadou
Diallo at risk?" The New Yorker, March 22, 1999, handed out in class and on
Manning Marable, "The Paradox of Integration," (PPP), 203-208.
on the Marable reading
The Supreme Court of the United States, Dred Scott v. Sandford, (PPP),
To see pictures of actual New York Evening Post slave ads: click here.
Important Legal Enactments on Race
Go to Hermes to find the full texts
of these important cases:
- Dred Scott v. Sandford
- Plessy v. Ferguson
- Brown v. Board of Education
In-class video: The Road to Brown
"The Road to Brown"
United States Supreme Court, Korematsu v. United States: read online by going to
Hermes to find the full text of Korematsu v.
C. Multicultural Perspectives
Stephen Steinberg, "The Ignominious Origins of Ethnic Pluralism in America,"
Bill Ong Hing, "A Nation of Immigrants, a History of Nativism," (CP).
Questions on Hing
Richard Schaefer, "Puerto Ricans: Divided Between Island and Mainland," (PPP).
Clara Rodríguez, "Challenging Racial Hegemony: Puerto Ricans in the United
Questions on Rodríguez
Nicholas de Lange, "The Origins of Anti-Semitism: Ancient Evidence and Modern
Leonard Dinnerstein, "Antisemitism in Times of Crisis in the United States,"
Questions on de Lange and Dinnerstein
D. Gender and Sexuality
Suzanne J. Kessler and Wendy McKenna, selection from Gender: An Ethnomethodological
Phyllis Burke, selections from Gender Shock (CP).
Questions on Kessler/McKenna and Burke
Alison Jaggar and Paula Rothenberg, "Theories of Women's Oppression," (PPP)
Sondra Farganis, "Contemporary Feminist Theory," in Sondra Farganis, Situating
Read online the Declaration
of Sentiments and Resolutions, 1848
Gerald Meyer, "Gay/Lesbian Liberation Movement," (PPP) 614-624.
John DEmlio, Sexual Politics, Sexual Communities (OR)
In-class video: A Question of Equality
The U.S. Supreme Court decision, Bowers v. Hardwick, 1986 (CP) .
A. The U.S. Constitution:
Read the Declaration of Independence online at: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core3/documents.htm
Read the Articles of Confederation online at: http://academic.brooklyn.cuny.edu/core3/documents.htm
The U.S. Constitution (CP).
Dan Claster, "An Overview of the Major Provisions of the U.S. Constitution,"
B. The Federalist Papers
Sydney Aronson, "Introduction to the Federalist Papers," (PPP),
James Madison, "The Union as a Safeguard Against Domestic Faction,"
(Federalist #10), (PPP), 402-407.
James Madison, "Checks and Balances," (Federalist #51), (PPP)
Charles Beard, "An Economic Interpretation of the Constitution of the United
States," (PPP), 365-370.
Alexis de Tocqueville, "Political Association in the United States," (PPP)
D. Social Movements (if time)
Angela Y. Davis, "Racism, Birth Control, and Reproductive Rights," (PPP)
Read online the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (1948) at: http://www.fordham.edu/halsall/mod/1948HUMRIGHT.html
Mark Ungar, "Human Rights," (PPP) 581-589.
Bernice Johnson Reagon, "Coalition Politics: Turning the Century" (CP).