Analysis #2 — Power

Taking stock of our background reports on the history and contemporary contexts of our featured neighborhood, our reflection(s) on the identit(ies) of this neighborhood, as well as conversations we have had so far with residents and other individuals in these neighborhoods, we take a moment to reflect on what we have learned or come to understand about the how various modalities of power operate within, around, and on this neighborhood.

As we reflect, we utilize the following questions, among others, to guide our thinking:

  • What kinds of axes shape power relations within this neighborhood? Between this neighborhood and other neighborhoods?
  • How is power a contested site in this neighborhood?
  • How might we understand the relationship between culture, power, and context in this neighborhood?
  • How does/has the historical context of this neighborhood potentially influence(d) its how we understand power as operating within / in relation to this neighborhood?
  • How does the contemporary political, economic, or social context of this neighborhood potentially influence how we understand power as operating within / in relation to this neighborhood?
  • How is/are the power dynamics of this neighborhood relational, that is viewed in the context of other neighborhoods and the larger Twin Cities “community”?

These reflections will usually run between 750-1,250 words.

Expect these reports on or before Wednesday, June 6, 2012.

The instructor will evaluate these reflections based on:

  • Sources (diversity, quantity, quality, credibility, etc.): 5 points
  • Comprehensiveness (ability to synthesize information introduced in previous posts and build on this): 5 points
  • Complexity of Analysis (depth of thought, use of course themes and concepts, novelty of insights, etc.): 10 points
  • Quality of writing/design (e.g. images, formatting, etc.): 5 points

Total: 25 points

Other forms of written evaluation and feedback is encouraged from classmates and those of you out there on the web that happen by our posts.

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