Geography still matters some

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Take a look at the intriguing maps of social connections put together by The Upshot at the New York Times. From the story: “The dominant picture in data analyzed by economists at Facebook, Harvard, Princeton and New York University is not that like-minded places are linked; rather, people in counties close to one another are…Even in the age of the internet, distance matters immensely in determining whom — and, as a result, what — we know.”

First little assignment


This article in The Atlantic describes the phenomenon of increasing urban childlessness: “The Future of the City Is Childless.” Read the article, then respond to this prompt:

The fastest growing demographic in vibrant city centers is affluent, childless, white people.
What do you think of that?

As far as possible at this early stage in the course, answer in sociological terms. That is, write in terms of the approach to the study of social life described on the first day of class and in the first chapter of the text. Turn in a typed printed answer of at least 300 words at the beginning of class (12:30 p.m. sharp) September 5, 2019. The paper is worth 10 points. You will lose 5 points if the paper is not on my desk by 12:35. You will lose the other 5 points if I have not received the paper by email by 12:30 p.m. the following day.


Palm Jumeirah in Dubai, UAE

This little WordPress cite serves as our syllabus. You can find the calendar, readings, and the “fine print” here. I’ll also post announcements here, as well as links to interesting news stories, relevant websites, and the like when I come across them. The book you will need for this course is:
Macionis, John J. and Vincent Parillo. 2017. Cities and Urban Life, 7th Edition. Prentice Hall. ISBN 978-0-13-386980-4.