FALL 2013

McNeill & Zinn
27 September
— Nahid
— Cameron
— Tharsika
— Claudia

1. Why does McNeill prefer the term “mythistory” to history?
2. What are his views on the function of myth?
3. How does Zinn’s portrayal of the Columbus story fit with your understanding of this piece of history?
4. What is the significance of the Columbus story?
5. What links can you develop between the Rasky film and the McNeill and Zinn readings?

Campbell & Thompson
4 October
— Gowmattie
— Maira
— Suthantiran
— Jeetender

1. Outline the sexual division of labour in the Sarakatsan society and differentiate between the honourable male and the honourable female.
2. In Campbell’s discussion of a traditional society, what is the role of animal theft and debts of honour?
3. What is Thompson’s argument regarding the difference between child labour before and during the Industrial revolution?
4. What is the difference between the “moral economy of the crowd” and the emerging market economy?
5. Can you make ideological sense of Thompson’s use of the terms “compassionate traditionalists” and “tory radicals?”
–> replacement: Campbell’s article addresses patriarchal social relations of families in traditional societies. Do you think there are patriarchal social norms in families in modern societies?

Bell & Shils
11 October
— Taylor
— Eva
— Gideon

1. Compare E.P. Thompson and James Burke on the subject of the Industrial Revolution/
2. What does Shils mean by vertical and horizontal integration?
3. What, according to Bell, is the significance of mass production, marketing, and installment buying for modernity?
4. How might Bell respond to Thompson on the issues of child labour and the commodification of bread?
5. Construct a tradition/modernity debate on the issue of mandatory school uniforms in public schools.

Heilbroner 1 – 70
18 October
— Jae
— Francesca
— Natasha
— Amanda

1. What is modern about capitalism and what aspects of tradition are violated by it?
2. Differentiate between capital and wealth
3. What are the connections Heilbroner draws between the interests of the bourgeoisie and capitalism?
4. What does Heilbroner mean when he claims that wealth is “inextricably linked with inequality?”
5. What are the two realms of capitalism?

Heilbroner 71-118
25 October
— Benham
— Navita
— Issam
— Sharon

1. What are the principle features of a market system?
2. Why do critics claim “a society whose economic activities are ruled by the marked will be an attentive servant of the rich, but a deaf bystander to the poor?”
3. What are the primary problems Heilbroner sees for capitalism in the future?
4. Do you believe human beings are creatures of insatiable appetites?
5. What linkages can you make between Heilbroner and the current economic situation?

Comish, Glasbeek, & Richard
15 November
— Novelette
— Diana
— Manmeet
— James

1. What, according to Glasbeek, is the relationship between the Westray story and the corporate form?
2. Why does Justice Richard describe Westray as a “predictable path to disaster?”
3. What is a methanometer and how was it utilized at Westray?
4. Why would anyone want to work at a place like Westray, and do they not bear some responsibility for the outcome?
5. How is it possible for an event like this to occur in a first world country, with modern health and safety laws, like Canada?


Rich & Hays
17 January

1. What, according to Rich, is the ideology of motherhood?
2. What, according to Hays, is intensive mothering?
3. How does O’Reilly distinguish between mothering and motherhood?
4. Outline the “cultural contradictions” discussed by Hays. Why can’t a mother be more like a businessman?
5. How would you characterize the sexual division of labour in your family?

Baird & Muszynski
24 January

1. What does Baird mean by the globalization of culture- and the commodification of sex?
2. What is the “medicalization of homosexuality”
3. What are the main tenets of liberal, socialist, and radical feminism?
4. What does Muszynski mean by the deconstruction of sex, sexuality, race and gender?
5. Link the film “Anatomy of Desire” to Canada’s recent debate over same sex marriage, and the Jackson Katz film “Tough Guise” to the Muszynski reading

Hawken, Hughes, Rifkin
7 February

1. What does Hawken mean by the “Death of Birth?”
2. What are the major differences between the views of the environment embedded in modernity and indigenous culture?
3. Outline and critique Rifkin’s account of the relationship between nature and industrialism.
4. What is social Darwinism and how is it linked to Rifikn’s “Postmodern Cosmology?”
5. Does the James Bay project represent progress?

Nelson & Fleras, Brooks & Miljan
7 March

1. What does it mean that race is a social construct?
2. What are the pros and cons of multiculturalism? Should Toronto proceed with ‘Afrocentric’ schools?
3. Is the collective rights model favored by many Aboriginal leaders compatible with Canada’s Charter of Rights and Freedoms?
4. Where do you situate yourself in the Flanagan/Cairns debate?
5. On balance, is Canada more ‘the good,’ ‘the bad,’ or ‘the ugly?’

Galbraith, Rifkin & Noble
21 March

1. Who were the Luddites and what were their issues?
2. What, according to Noble, is the relationship between capitalism and technology?
3. What, according to Rifkin, is the relationship between technology and the African-American experience?
4. What is the modern ‘illusion’ or ‘fraud’ Galbraith associates with the meaning of work?
5. What does Galbraith mean by the ‘functional underclass?

Lipset and Adams
28 March

1. Outline the differences between Canada and the US addressed by Lipset?
2. Does your personal experience support or contradict him?
3. Since he wrote are these differences increasing, decreasing, or about the same?
4. How would Adams respond to the previous question?
5. In light of the recent increase in gun-related violence in Toronto, does Moore’s hypothesis in “Bowling” look less convincing than it did in 2002?