Compare and contrast DuBois’ ‘double consciousness’ with Simmel’s ‘stranger.’

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SECTION A: Strangers
Compare and contrast DuBois’ ‘double consciousness’ with Simmel’s ‘stranger.’
 
Simmel, Georg. 1971. “The Stranger” On Individuality and Social Forms. D. Levine (ed.). Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 143-149.
 
Du Bois, W. E. B. 2007 [1903]. “Of Our Spiritual Strivings” The Souls of Black Folk. Oxford: Oxford University Press. pp. 7-14.
 
SECTION B: Stigma
 
Outline some elements of a sociologically informed approach to destigmatization.
Spates, Kamesha and Brittany C. Slatton. 2017. “I’ve Got My Family and My Faith: Black Women and the Suicide Paradox.” Socius: Sociological Research for a Dynamic World 3: 1-9.
Clair, Matthew, Caitlin Daniel, and Michèle Lamont. 2016. “Destigmatization and Health: Cultural Constructions and the Long-Term Reduction of Stigma.” Social Science & Medicine 165: 223–32.
 
Horgan, Mervyn (forthcoming). “Territorial Stigmatization and Territorial Destigmatization: A Cultural Sociology of Symbolic Strategy in Parkdale’s (Toronto) Gentrification” International Journal of Urban & Regional Research
 
 
SECTION C: Cultural sociology
 
What kinds of cultural repertoires do people use in relation to friendship? Your answer should use elements of Swidler’s framework.
 
Swidler, A. 2001. “Codes, Contexts, and Institutions” & “Conclusion: How Culture Matters” Talk of Love: How Culture Matters. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 160-213.
 
Swidler, A. 2001. “Love & Marriage” & “Ties That Do Not Bind” Talk of Love: How Culture Matters. Chicago: University of Chicago Press. pp. 111-159.

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