Visual Tour of Stratification in the Detroit Area

Each field research project will be evaluated/graded according to the following 
criteria: 1) data collection (25%), 2) data analysis (25%), 3) use of supplementary 
materials (25%), and 4) presentation of findings (25%).  Your group will be required 
to fill out a grade sheet (one per group)  which explicitly states what you have done 
for each phase of the project.   

This initial phase represents the greatest difficulty of this particular 
project.  You are to take pictures or video footage of various locations in the 
greater Detroit Metropolitan area (or you may choose to stay within the city 
limits).  You tour should include the AT LEAST FIVE of the following elements: 
housing and neighborhoods, retail stores, health care facilities, churches, 
places of work, schools, recreational facilities, and/or available transportation.  
The idea is to capture visual images which represent the disparities experienced by 
individuals at varying socio-economic levels.  More specifically, your research question 
is how do people experience our society differently as a result of their positions in 
systems of stratification?  

The analysis for this project will be different than most of the others.  You 
research question is largely descriptive, hence it calls for you to carefully pull 
together the images you have collected in a way which communicates how social 
structure impacts individuals lived experiences.  You may want to incorporate the 
use of music in your presentation.

You should be prepared to discuss why and how differences in socio-economic status, 
race, and gender effect the differences in the way you observe people living.  You will 
be able to answer these questions by using some of the outside reading suggested below 
and from our discussions about inequality in class.  I have suggested several readings 
listed below which can be located in the Eschelman library or may be borrowed from my 
personal collection (remember, I know where you live!).  You will be required to cite 
the relevant literature in your presentation.  This means that you should select 1-2 of the
items if you are an individual, or all of the items if you are a group and determine the 
main argument from them.  You will be expected to provide a sociologial explanation of 
why people experience society differently which encorporates the work which currently 
exists in the field.

Some outside reading you may want to look at includes:
Hacker, Andrew J. (1992).  Two Nations: Black and White; Sepaarate, Hostile, Unequal.  New
	York: Ballentine Books.
Jencks, Christopher.  (1995).  The Homeless.  Cambridge, MA: Harvard University Press.
Massey, Douglas and Nancy Denton. (1993).  American apartheid: Segregation and the making of 	the underclass.  Cambridge, Mass:  Harvard University Press, 
Oliver, Melvin and Thomas Shapiro.  (1995).   Black Wealth, White Wealth: A New Perspective on
	Racial Inequality.   New York: Routledge.
Wilson, W. J. (1987).  The Truly Disadvantaged: The Inner City, the Underclass, and Public Policy. 
	Chicago: University of Chicago Press.

This project calls for a great deal of creativity in its presentation.  I will be looking to 
see how effectively you are able to convey the degrees of lived inequality to the members of 
the class.  How well you are able to explain these differences in terms of structural factors.