Choose one of these reading prompts to respond to (there are multiple parts to each reading prompt, you must answer all parts). • Essays: must be a minimum of 450 words (which is about 1 ½ pages double-spaced in Times New Roman), use quotes to support answer
Topics:Citizenship Divides & Gender Divides
Read:Families As They Really Are, 2nd edition
Editors: Risman & Rutter
Publisher: W. W. Norton
(Risman Chapters 29, 30 & In the News – Banerjee, 32, 33 & In Other Words – Rutter, 35 & In the News – Mann, 36, & 37
1. In her study, Banerjee considers the role that gender plays in immigrant families. What specific questions does she ask? Why is it important for us to understand gender dynamics within these families? Banerjee concludes by discussing the gendered consequences of current visa laws. What ways could current policies be revised in order to minimize issues such as economic dependency for these families?
2. What are the racial and gender patterns of incarceration in the United States? Use information from Sykes and Pettit; you can also get information from Rutter’s “Doing Time = Doing Gender.” “Collateral consequences” refers to all related and seemingly unintended consequences of something. What are the collateral consequences of mass incarceration, and how do they contribute to inequality?
3. Myers and Demantas find that men re-work manhood to find new ways to be “the man” despite their changing circumstances. What are some of the ways that they reassert their masculinity and make work previously defined as “women’s work” their own? In their conclusion, Myers and Demantas note that “the ‘mancession’ may have a silver lining. Traditional, sexist frames seem to be yielding under all this pressure. A new, more egalitarian gender frame may take root, which would eventually benefit both men and women” (p. 646). Do you think that we are beginning to see a more egalitarian society, in terms of gender? Why or why not?