Workshop

Urban Ethnography: Francis Prior, Ph.D Candidate in Sociology, Penn

"Afterward: Service Provision Post-Release and the Mark of a Criminal Record."
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, February 13, 2015 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Race, Ethnicity and Immigration: Elizabeth Vaquera, Associate Professor, Sociology University of South Florida

"What does it mean to be an American? Undocumented youth's perceptions of belonging"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, February 6, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Education & Inequality Workshop: Matthew McKeever, Visiting Professor of Sociology and Dept. Chair, Haverford College

"Educational Attainment in Post-apartheid South Africa"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, January 30, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Culture & Interaction: Aliya Rao

"Stand by your man: The collective emotional labor of job-searching."
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, January 23, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Family and Gender: Lindsay Wood

TBD
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, January 16, 2015 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Co-Sponsored Workshop: Education & Inequality / Race, Ethnicity & Immigration - Bowen Paulle [Faculty of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Univ. of Amsterdam]

"Toxic Schools"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, November 14, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Of all the usual words used to describe non-selective city schools—segregated, unequal, violent—none comes close to characterizing their systemic dysfunction in high-poverty neighborhoods. The most accurate word is toxic. When Bowen Paulle speaks of toxicity, he speaks of educational worlds dominated by intimidation and anxiety, by ambivalence, degradation, and shame. Based on six years of teaching and research in the South Bronx and in Southeast Amsterdam, Toxic Schools is the first fully participatory ethnographic study of its kind and a searing examination of daily life in two radically different settings. What these schools have in common, however, are not the predictable ideas about race and educational achievement but the tragically similar habituated stress responses of students forced to endure the experience of constant vulnerability. From both sides of the Atlantic Ocean, Paulle paints an intimate portrait of how students and teachers actually cope, in real time, with the chronic stress, peer group dynamics, and subtle power politics of urban educational spaces in the perpetual shadow of aggression.

Lunch will be served.  *If possible, please email Megan Russo at russomeg@sas.upenn.edu so that we can get a rough headcount for lunch. 


 

Urban Ethnography: Sarah Zelner

"Setting the Stage: The use of public spaces in the performance of neighborhood identity"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, October 31, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

Sarah Zelner is a doctoral candidate in the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. She will be presenting observations and findings from her ethnographic dissertation project, a community study of the Philadelphia neighborhood of Mount Airy.

The Penn Urban Ethnography Workshop is sponsored by the Culture and Interaction Cluster of the Sociology Department at the University of Pennsylvania. The workshop is designed to promote and support social science research on urban culture using participant observation and other ethnographic methods and techniques. Each week the workshop brings together an interdisciplinary set of faculty and students to present and discuss current research on a variety of issues relevant to contemporary urban life and the culture of cities. We welcome participants from all over the University of Pennsylvania as well as neighboring institutions. For more information, please contact Prof. David Grazian at dgrazian@soc.upenn.edu. 

 

 

Culture & Interaction: Annette Lareau

“Relying on the Network in Choosing Where to Live: The Reproduction of Residential Inequality”
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, October 24, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Download the Paper for this talk

Abstract: There is little doubt that the United States is characterized by very high levels of segregation by race and social class. However, much of the research on residential segregation has been geared towards describing macro-level patterns rather than the micro-level interactions through which these patterns are constituted and sustained over time.  Furthermore, to the extent that researchers have turned their attention to the study of residential decision-making, their focus has often been on explicating the choices made by poor families moving into and out of urban neighborhoods.  In this paper, drawing on in-depth interviews with about 90 white and African American families with young children, we highlight the crucial role of informal networks in the selection of where to live. While many decades of research have stressed the importance of amenities (such as schools) to families’ choices, few have asked the question of how families acquire information about the characteristics of particular neighborhoods and how they form a preference for (or an aversion to) these neighborhoods.  Our results suggest that network ties are crucial in this regard, regardless of families’ class or race: far from conducting systematic “research” on the range of options open to them—examining school performance, crime rates, consumption opportunities, housing value changes, and so forth—the majority of the families in our data were guided toward a set of neighborhoods by trusted network contacts.  These contacts could be friends, coworkers, or kin, but their influence is hard to overstate.  The consequence of this reliance on social ties was that families gravitated towards neighborhoods that reflected the composition of their networks.  Thus, we suggest that networks are one of the factors that reproduce the segregation—along lines of both class and race—of urban and suburban neighborhoods.

Family & Gender: Amy Steinbugler, Assistant Professor of Sociology, Dickinson College

"Everyday Interraciality: Lesbian, Gay and Heterosexual Intimacies in Black and White"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, October 17, 2014 - 12:00pm - 1:30pm

Urban Ethnography: Jeffrey F. Lane, Assistant Professor of Communication, Rutgers University

"The Digital Street"
Location: 
169 McNeil Building
Date: 
Friday, October 3, 2014 - 2:00pm - 3:30pm

This talk introduces the digital street, the mediated communication that structures street life. Based on the networked lives of teenagers and adults in Harlem, I describe some of the features and conditions of the digital street. My objective is to approach the street as the community itself does--through layers of digital information and interaction as well as through observations and encounters in person. Compared to earlier generations, today’s inner-city teens experience their neighborhoods differently because they are linked to each other online and are around one another—and the adults looking for them—at different and shifting digital and physical proximities. I elaborate on key transformations in the social life of the street, treating mediated communication as both a vector of neighborhood change and as an ethnographic lens.

Jeffrey Lane is an urban ethnographer who writes about the ways in which mediated communication and community come together in the life of the inner city. His research integrates face-to-face and digital fieldwork to understand how interpersonal relations and ties between people and institutions unfold over time. The Digital Street is the title and subject of his forthcoming book with Oxford University Press on the networked communication that brokers street life. The project draws on nearly five years of ethnographic research on- and offline in Harlem with a set of teenagers and the adults concerned about them. Professor Lane previously wrote a book called Under the Boards (University of Nebraska Press) on the production of race, masculinity, and popular culture in the basketball industry. Before joining the faculty at the School of Communication and Information at Rutgers University, he received his PhD in Sociology from Princeton University and was a fellow of the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation. Professor Lane, whose research has been supported by the National Science Foundation, is currently a Junior Fellow of the Yale Urban Ethnography Project. This fall at Rutgers, he teaches Mediated Communication in Society.