Instructions: Be sure to define and explain all relevant concepts that you use and give concrete examples to support your statements.
Answers to ALL questions should be inessay form, approximately two or three paragraphs each.
Section I: Answer the 3 following prompts
1a. How does Shearing and Stenning’s analysis in “From Panopticon to Disneyland” demonstrate Foucault’s ideas concerning the disciplinary society?
b. Discuss this article in relationship to the ideas of any one other theorist (besides Foucault)who we went over this
semester. (You can answer this in any way as long as the ideas are aptly demonstrated: compare, contrast, critique…..)
2. Using readings from class (the textbook and Callero’s eReserve piece, write an essay that
supportseithera functionalistorconflict perspective on globalization processes. (Hint: for functionalists, globalization might be considered advantageous and necessary, while conflict theorists like Parsons would likely focus on the economic and cultural disadvantages.)
3. Turkle’s ideas (“Nearest Neighbors”) about contemporary robotics have implications in terms of how we view the “Self” and what it means to be human.
a. Briefly explain how GH Mead (symbolic interaction) might address Turkle’s concerns.
b. Next, compare her ideas to those of Baudrillard’s postmodern perspective.
c. End your essay with a brief discussion of your thoughts on this. What are the social implications of the increasing use of
technology (like robotics), where objects are now being given “human” qualities?
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