INSTRUCTIONS: Answer all three questions, making sure each response is no longer than 2 typed pages, double spaced, in 12 point Times or Cambria font.
Number your answers and write your first and last name on each page as a header. There is no need to reproduce the question at the top of the page?this will take up space you could use for your answer.
It is important to use your own words to explain the different concepts and arguments you reference from authors or other materials that you cite in support of your answers. Therefore, please try to avoid direct quotations from readings, lectures and lecture slides. No reference list is needed for this exam. If you do include any direct quotations, make sure to cite them correctly.
To complete this exam, you will need to read a few news articles. The links for these are included at the end of the prompt. If you have any trouble accessing these, please let me know ASAP.
Please turn in your exam on bCourses with all three answers combined into one document. No hard copy is needed. The deadline for turning in the exam is before class on Thurs. Sept. 22. You are welcome to turn in your exam earlier.
1. Describe how Marx and Weber explain social inequalities, comparing and contrasting their views. For each theorist, what is class, and how does it explain social inequalities? How does each think about status, and how it relates to class? Make sure to define, in your own words, any terms that you use in your answer. Then, read the op-ed piece by Warren Buffett and the accompanying information about him. Compare and contrast how you think Marx and Weber would respond to Buffett?s call for higher taxes on the wealthy and why, drawing on your earlier arguments, and what you know about Marx and Weber?s theories about political interests and how those are linked to class and/or status.
2. Define and explain what economic, cultural and, social capital are, according to Bourdieu. Then describe, in your own words, his theory about how the three forms can be exchanged, and why someone might want to do this. Then, read the articles ?Cycling Matches the Pace and Pitches of Tech? and ?Silicon Valley?s Lust for High-End Bikes?. Explain the first article in terms of the theories you have discussed above?explaining what constitutes social and cultural capital in the articles, whether people are attempting to exchange different forms of capital, and what the implications of that might be, using information from the second article as needed to provide support.
3. Describe what a ?racial project? is, according to Omi and Winant, and how this concept fits into their larger theory of racial formation. Then, discuss past racial restrictions on naturalization in the U.S., as detailed in the film Race, The Power of an Illusion, as a racial project, making sure to explain how this example fits into the different dimensions of a racial project as described by the authors. Finally, identify something you think could be described as a racial project (and is not one of the examples in the article), describe it, and explain how it fits into Omi & Winant?s definition and any political implications it may have.