For February 26th: Power’s Social and Cultural Origins


  • Send me an e-mail to have your organization approved if you haven’t done so already. Your fieldwork must be approved by me for it to count! See the updated list of approved organizations on the Areas of Fieldwork page if you’re still trying to decide or are having problems finding something. You can also stop by my office hours (Tu/Th 5-6:30 PM). You should start doing your fieldwork by the beginning of March to complete it in time
  • We did a sign-up for group presentations in class on 2/19. Contact me immediately if you missed class to get assigned to a group! The assignment sheet for this is on the Assignments page

Highlights from 2/19 class: [coming Thursday 2/20]

For Wednesday February 26, Read chapter 3 (Social and Cultural Origins of Power) in Amos Wilson’s Blueprint for Black Power. As a reminder, you must have the book with you to fully participate in class. Copies of the selected pages are fine, but not having the book or copies means you are unprepared for class and will be reflected in your final grade. You can copy the assigned pages from the book that’s on reserve in the library.

Questions to think about as you read:

  • How is power developed and transmitted socially and culturally?
  • How does Wilson argue that these methods can be used by the Black community?
  • What is the importance of consciousness to power?
  • What institutions does Wilson highlight as transmitters of power?
  • What are the strengths and weaknesses Wilson presents about the church as an institution?
  • What is the role of the Nation of Islam in his view?
  • What’s the solution Wilson presents at the end of the chapter?


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