GEORGE MASON UNIVERSITY
Study Questions for "Getting Paid": Youth, Crime, and Work In the Inner City
How are we approaching this book?
All groups should discuss questions 1, 2, 3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 17, and 18.
You will also be assigned to focus on a particular neighborhood. You should answer questions 9, 10, 11, 15, and 16 in relation to "your" neighborhood. Your participation in preparing answers to the questions that apply to "your" neighborhood will be worth 3 points; if you are not in class to work with your group and be part of the discussion, you will not get these points.
2. Sullivan identifies the shortcomings of ethnographic research in this chapter. How does his book attempt to reconcile the methodological divide between ethnographic studies that focus on collective behavior and quantitative large scale-studies that analyze differences among atomized individuals? How does Sullivan's work attempt to overcome the problem he identifies with subcultural theories: that they are overly deterministic and fail to allow for changes over time and situational factors within individuals?
3. Why use the term "cliques" rather than subculture to refer to the grouping of young men within this study?
4. What are the premises of "segmented labor theory"?
8. The schools use tracking. What tracks are available and what kinds of work do they prepare students to enter?
9. What were the experiences of the clique members in school in LaBarrida, Projectville, and Hamilton Park, respectively? Your group will focus on one of these neighborhoods.
11. In answering the previous question, keep in mind that the physical proximity of centers of employment is a key variable in the experiences of those in the three neighborhoods. What are the employment opportunities for the neighborhood your group is focusing on? (Sorry about that dangling proposition!)
13. Crime also differs from legitimate economic activity . What are the differences? Why do these differences make it important to take into account social factors when looking at decisions to enter into criminal activity?
14. What is the linkage between early involvement in violence crime and later involvement in economic crime? What motivates crime?
15. Discuss the presence or absence of gangs in the neighborhood on which your group is focusing.
Chapters 6, 7, and 8
Chapters 10 and 11
Patricia Masters Online updated on 08/15/04