Syllabus 2008

Submitted by Kristin Bumiller

Amherst College

Political Science 56

Spring Semester 2008

 

Regulating Citizenship

 

Professor Kristin Bumiller

Departments of Political Science and

Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Course Description:

 

This course considers a fundamentalissue that faces all democratic societies: how do we decide when and whether toinclude or exclude individuals from the rights and privileges of citizenship?In the context of immigration policy, this is an issue of state power tocontrol boundaries and preserve national identity. The state also exercisespenal power that justifies segregating and/or denying privileges to individualsfaced with criminal sanctions. Citizenship is regulated not only through thedirect exercise of force by the state, but also by educational systems, socialnorms, and private organizations. Exclusion is also the result of poverty,disability, and discrimination based on gender, race, age, and ethnic identity.This course will describe and examine the many forms of exclusion and inclusionthat occur in contemporary democracies and raise questions about the purposeand justice of these processes. We will also explore models of social changethat would promote more inclusive societies. This course will be conductedinside the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections and enroll an equalnumber of Amherst students and residents of the facility. This “Inside-Out”model for teaching within a correctional institution was developed by LoriPompa at Temple University.

 

Course Requirements:

 

Students are required to completethe assigned readings before class and come prepared to discuss them. Aftereach class students must complete a short summary of the reading and discussion(at least one page) to be turned in the following week. Class participation willbe structured to give everyone the opportunity to participate and contribute.Excellence in class participation will be taken into consideration whendetermining the final grade. A group project will be due the last week of thesemester. The project will be presented in class and should culminate in anapproximately ten page paper.

 

Course Materials:

 

            Thearticles will be duplicated and distributed in a reading packet. In addition,the following four books are required:

 

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Weekly Reading Assignments:

 

January 30                  

PREPARATION FOR THECOURSE

(Amherst andHampshire County Students Meet Separately)

 

February 6        

PARTICIPATORYDEMOCRACY or WHAT IS A CITIZEN?

 

Monique Lanoix, “The Citizen in Question.” Hypatia, Fall 2007

 

Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen, Locked Out, Chapters 6 and 7

 

Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation

 

 

February 13                

THEORIZINGCITIZENSHIP

 

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government. Book II, Chapters I and II, VII, IX

 

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 55-58, 101-122.

 

Sheldon Wolin,“Fugitive Democracy” in Seyla Benhabib, ed. Democracy and Difference:Contesting the Boundaries of the Political,pp. 31-45

 

 

February 20  

LOSING CITIZENSHIP

 

Franz Kafka, “Before the Law”

 

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

 

 

February 27 

TOTALITARIANISM

 

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

 

Richard J.Bernstein, “The Origins of Totalitarianism: Not History, but Politics,” SocialResearch, Summer 2002, pp. 381-401

 

March 5

EXCLUDING CITIZENS

 

Aihwa Ong, Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, theNew America, pages 48-65.

 

Film: The Killing Fields

March 12

EDUCATION ANDDEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP

 

John Dewey, Democracyand Education, Chapter Seven: “TheDemocratic Conception in Education”

 

Henry A. Giroux,“Schooling, Citizenship, and the Struggle for Democracy,” in Schooling andthe Struggle for Public Life

 

Peter McLaren andJuan S, Munoz, “Contesting Whiteness: Critical Perspectives on the Struggle forSocial Justice,” in Carlos J. Ovando and Peter McLaren, Multiculturalism andBilingual Education

 

 

SPRING RECESS

 

 

March 26   

CITIZENS AS CONSUMERS

 

Karl Marx, Selections from Early Writings and Capital

 

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

 

Beatriz da Costa,et al. “Surveillance Creep! New Manifestations of Data Surveillance at theBeginning of the Twenty-First Century,” Radical History Review, Spring 2006, pp. 70-88.

 

April 2

REGULATINGINDIVIDUALS

 

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punishment, pp. 73-89

 

John S. Ransom, Foucault’sDiscipline, Chapter II: Disciplines and theIndividual, pp. 26-58

 

William G.Staples, “Small Acts of Cunning: Disciplinary Practices in Contemporary Life,” TheSociological Quarterly, 1994, pp. 545-664.

 

 

April 9  

DISOBEDIENT CITIZENS

 

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

 

TheAutobiography of Martin Luther King, “ALetter from the Birmingham Jail,” pages 187-204

 

 

April 16

REGULATING THE POOR

 

Sudhir AlladiVenkatesh, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Chapter 1, pp. 1-20 and Chapter 4, pp. 166-213.

 

Devah Pager, “TheMark of a Criminal Record,” American Journal of Criminology, March 2003

 

Todd Clear, Imprisoning Communities, Chapter 1, pp. 3-13.

 

April 23 

WAR AND CITIZENSHIP

 

Rasul v. Bush. U.S.Supreme Court, 2004 (Justice Stevens, Majority Opinion)

 

Amy Kaplan, “Where is Guantanamo?” American Quarterly, pp 831-858.

 

 

April 30 

IMPRISIONED CITIZENS

 

Phil Scranton and Linda Moore, “Degradation, Harm andSurvival in a Women’s Prison”

 

Richard Quinney,“The Life Inside: Abolishing the Prison,” Contemporary Justice Review, September 2006

 

Film: Up the Ridge: A US Prison History

 

May 7 

CITIZENSHIP ANDFREEDOM

 

Amartya Sen, Identityand Violence: The Illusion of Destiny,Chapter 6: Culture and Captivity, pp. 103-119 and Chapter 9: Freedom to Think,pp. 170-186

 

Final Project Presentations and Closing Ceremony 

Syllabus 2008

Submitted by Kristin Bumiller

Amherst College

Political Science 56

Spring Semester 2008

 

Regulating Citizenship

 

Professor Kristin Bumiller

Departments of Political Science and

Women’s and Gender Studies

 

Course Description:

 

This course considers a fundamental issue that faces all democratic societies: how do we decide when and whether to include or exclude individuals from the rights and privileges of citizenship? In the context of immigration policy, this is an issue of state power to control boundaries and preserve national identity. The state also exercises penal power that justifies segregating and/or denying privileges to individuals faced with criminal sanctions. Citizenship is regulated not only through the direct exercise of force by the state, but also by educational systems, social norms, and private organizations. Exclusion is also the result of poverty, disability, and discrimination based on gender, race, age, and ethnic identity. This course will describe and examine the many forms of exclusion and inclusion that occur in contemporary democracies and raise questions about the purpose and justice of these processes. We will also explore models of social change that would promote more inclusive societies. This course will be conducted inside the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections and enroll an equal number of Amherst students and residents of the facility. This “Inside-Out” model for teaching within a correctional institution was developed by Lori Pompa at Temple University.

 

Course Requirements:

 

Students are required to complete the assigned readings before class and come prepared to discuss them. After each class students must complete a short summary of the reading and discussion (at least one page) to be turned in the following week. Class participation will be structured to give everyone the opportunity to participate and contribute. Excellence in class participation will be taken into consideration when determining the final grade. A group project will be due the last week of the semester. The project will be presented in class and should culminate in an approximately ten page paper.

 

Course Materials:

 

            The articles will be duplicated and distributed in a reading packet. In addition, the following four books are required:

 

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Weekly Reading Assignments:

 

January 30                  

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE

(Amherst and Hampshire County Students Meet Separately)

 

February 6        

PARTICIPATORY DEMOCRACY or WHAT IS A CITIZEN?

 

Monique Lanoix, “The Citizen in Question.” Hypatia, Fall 2007

 

Jeff Manza and Christopher Uggen, Locked Out, Chapters 6 and 7

 

Max Weber, Politics as a Vocation

 

 

February 13                

THEORIZING CITIZENSHIP

 

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government. Book II, Chapters I and II, VII, IX

 

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 55-58, 101-122.

 

Sheldon Wolin, “Fugitive Democracy” in Seyla Benhabib, ed. Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, pp. 31-45

 

 

February 20  

LOSING CITIZENSHIP

 

Franz Kafka, “Before the Law”

 

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

 

 

February 27 

TOTALITARIANISM

 

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

 

Richard J. Bernstein, “The Origins of Totalitarianism: Not History, but Politics,” Social Research, Summer 2002, pp. 381-401

 

March 5

EXCLUDING CITIZENS

 

Aihwa Ong, Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America, pages 48-65.

 

Film: The Killing Fields

March 12

EDUCATION AND DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP

 

John Dewey, Democracy and Education, Chapter Seven: “The Democratic Conception in Education”

 

Henry A. Giroux, “Schooling, Citizenship, and the Struggle for Democracy,” in Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life

 

Peter McLaren and Juan S, Munoz, “Contesting Whiteness: Critical Perspectives on the Struggle for Social Justice,” in Carlos J. Ovando and Peter McLaren, Multiculturalism and Bilingual Education

 

 

SPRING RECESS

 

 

March 26   

CITIZENS AS CONSUMERS

 

Karl Marx, Selections from Early Writings and Capital

 

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

 

Beatriz da Costa, et al. “Surveillance Creep! New Manifestations of Data Surveillance at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century,” Radical History Review, Spring 2006, pp. 70-88.

 

April 2

REGULATING INDIVIDUALS

 

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punishment, pp. 73-89

 

John S. Ransom, Foucault’s Discipline, Chapter II: Disciplines and the Individual, pp. 26-58

 

William G. Staples, “Small Acts of Cunning: Disciplinary Practices in Contemporary Life,” The Sociological Quarterly, 1994, pp. 545-664.

 

 

April 9  

DISOBEDIENT CITIZENS

 

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

 

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, “A Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” pages 187-204

 

 

April 16

REGULATING THE POOR

 

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Chapter 1, pp. 1-20 and Chapter 4, pp. 166-213.

 

Devah Pager, “The Mark of a Criminal Record,” American Journal of Criminology, March 2003

 

Todd Clear, Imprisoning Communities, Chapter 1, pp. 3-13.

 

April 23 

WAR AND CITIZENSHIP

 

Rasul v. Bush. U.S. Supreme Court, 2004 (Justice Stevens, Majority Opinion)

 

Amy Kaplan, “Where is Guantanamo?” American Quarterly, pp 831-858.

 

 

April 30 

IMPRISIONED CITIZENS

 

Phil Scranton and Linda Moore, “Degradation, Harm and Survival in a Women’s Prison”

 

Richard Quinney, “The Life Inside: Abolishing the Prison,” Contemporary Justice Review, September 2006

 

Film: Up the Ridge: A US Prison History

 

May 7 

CITIZENSHIP AND FREEDOM

 

Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny, Chapter 6: Culture and Captivity, pp. 103-119 and Chapter 9: Freedom to Think, pp. 170-186

 

Final Project Presentations and Closing Ceremony 

Syllabus 2007

Submitted by Kristin Bumiller

Amherst College

Political Science 56

Spring Semester 2007 

Regulating Citizenship

Professor Kristin Bumiller

Departments of Political Science and

Women’s and Gender Studies

Course Description:

This course considers a fundamental issue that faces all democratic societies: how do we decide when and whether to include or exclude individuals from the rights and privileges of citizenship? In the context of immigration policy, this is an issue of state power to control boundaries and preserve national identity. The state also exercises penal power that justifies segregating and/or denying privileges to individuals faced with criminal sanctions. Citizenship is regulated not only through the direct exercise of force by the state, but also by educational systems, social norms, and private organizations. Exclusion is also the result of poverty, disability, and discrimination based on gender, race, age, and ethnic identity. This course will describe and examine the many forms of exclusion and inclusion that occur in contemporary democracies and raise questions about the purpose and justice of these processes. We will also explore models of social change that would promote more inclusive societies. This course will be conducted inside the Hampshire County Jail and House of Corrections and enroll an equal number of Amherst students and residents of the facility. This “Inside-Out” model for teaching within a correctional institution was developed by Lori Pompa at Temple University.

Course Requirements:

Students are required to complete the assigned readings before class and come prepared to discuss them. After each class students must complete a short summary of the reading and discussion (at least one page) to be turned in the following week. Class participation will be structured to give everyone the opportunity to participate and contribute. Excellence in class participation will be taken into consideration when determining the final grade. A group project will be due the last week of the semester. The project will be presented in class and should culminate in an approximately ten page paper.

Course Materials:

            The articles will be duplicated and distributed in a reading packet. In addition, the following four books are required:

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

Weekly Reading Assignments:

January 31                   

PREPARATION FOR THE COURSE

(Amherst and Hampshire County Students Meet Separately)

February 7         

PUNISHMENT AND CITIZENSHIP

(Amherst and Hampshire County Students Meet Separately)

February 14                 

THEORIZING CITIZENSHIP

John Locke, Two Treatises of Government. Book II, Chapters I and II, VII, IX

Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America, pp. 55-58, 101-122.

Sheldon Wolin, “Fugitive Democracy” in Seyla Benhabib, ed. Democracy and Difference: Contesting the Boundaries of the Political, pp. 31-45

February 21   

LOSING CITIZENSHIP

Franz Kafka, “Before the Law”

J.M. Coetzee, The Lives & Times of Michael K.

February 28 

TOTALITARIANISM

Hannah Arendt, Totalitarianism

Richard J. Bernstein, “The Origins of Totalitarianism: Not History, but Politics,” Social Research, Summer 2002, pp. 381-401

March 7

EXCLUDING CITIZENS

Aihwa Ong, Buddha is Hiding: Refugees, Citizenship, the New America, pages 48-65.

Film: The Killing Fields

March 14 

EDUCATION AND DEMOCRATIC CITIZENSHIP

John Dewey, Democracy and Education, Chapter Seven: “The Democratic Conception in Education”

Henry A. Giroux, “Schooling, Citizenship, and the Struggle for Democracy,” in Schooling and the Struggle for Public Life

Peter McLaren and Juan S, Munoz, “Contesting Whiteness: Critical Perspectives on the Struggle for Social Justice,” in Carlos J. Ovando and Peter McLaren, Multiculturalism and Bilingual Education

SPRING RECESS

March 28   

CITIZENS AS CONSUMERS

Karl Marx, Selections from Early Writings and Capital

Zygmunt Bauman, Work, Consumerism and the New Poor

Beatriz da Costa, et al. “Surveillance Creep! New Manifestations of Data Surveillance at the Beginning of the Twenty-First Century,” Radical History Review, Spring 2006, pp. 70-88.

April 4

REGULATING INDIVIDUALS

Michel Foucault, Discipline and Punishment, pp. 73-89

John S. Ransom, Foucault’s Discipline, Chapter II: Disciplines and the Individual, pp. 26-58

William G. Staples, “Small Acts of Cunning: Disciplinary Practices in Contemporary Life,” The Sociological Quarterly, 1994, pp. 545-664.

April 11  

DISOBEDIENT CITIZENS

Henry David Thoreau, Civil Disobedience

The Autobiography of Martin Luther King, “A Letter from the Birmingham Jail,” pages 187-204

April 18

REGULATING THE POOR 

Sudhir Alladi Venkatesh, Off the Books: The Underground Economy of the Urban Poor, Chapter 1, pp. 1-20 and Chapter 4, pp. 166-213.

Devah Pager, “The Mark of a Criminal Record,” American Journal of Criminology, March 2003

Benjamin D. Steiner, “The Consciousness of Crime and Punishment: Reflections on Identity Politics and Lawmaking in the War on Drugs,” Studies in Law, Politics, and Society, 2001, pp. 187-214.

April 25 

IMPRISIONED CITIZENS

Phil Scranton and Linda Moore, “Degradation, Harm and Survival in a Women’s Prison”

Richard Quinney, “The Life Inside: Abolishing the Prison,” Contemporary Justice Review, September 2006

Film: Up the Ridge: A US Prison History

May 2  

WAR AND CITIZENSHIP 

Michel Serres, The Natural Contract, pp. 1-13

Rasul v. Bush. U.S. Supreme Court, 2004 (Justice Stevens, Majority Opinion)

Amy Kaplan, “Where is Guantanamo?” American Quarterly, pp 831-858.

May 9 

CITIZENSHIP AND FREEDOM 

Amartya Sen, Identity and Violence: The Illusion of Destiny, Chapter 6: Culture and Captivity, pp. 103-119 and Chapter 9: Freedom to Think, pp. 170-186

Final Project Presentations and Closing Ceremony 

 

Taking Notes