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The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road


There is an old tradition in sociology where scholars focus their energies on understanding the life and inner-workings of a section of one city.  The first of these kinds of works was W. E. B DuBois' investigation of Philadelphia's 7th Ward, which culminated in the publication of the seminal text The Philadelphia Negro.  Several decades later, Robert Park directed several studies of south-side Chicago neighborhoods that surround the University of Chicago.  The works of these sociologists are often considered the beginnings of American Sociology.  The Sociology of Beatties Ford Road will follow in this tradition.  The class, which will in all likelihood be held on the Beatties Ford Road, will study various aspects of social life of that neighborhood, including, but not limited to, gentrification, public health, education, and religion.  We will read various examples of community studies and study their methods.  A bulk of the class, however, will be dedicated to developing our own projects.  Qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods will be welcomed, as well as group projects--the only requirement will be that the project will be about the Beatties Ford Road and its immediate surroundings.