Sociology Assignment 2

1. Review the following film clip regarding the work by Drake and Cayton (Mary Pattillo: The Future of Black Metropolis).

2. Review a brief history on the Chicago School of Urban Sociology(The human ecology of cities and the US coming of age of urban sociology).

3. Read Chapter 6-8 attached as pictures. Starting with 1 until the end at 23.


From your review of the Mary Pattillo lecture on the Future of the Black Metropolis, how is the traditional black community portrayed- Discuss whether the black metropolis in Chicago reflects a community shaped by racial segregation to one in which racial segregation has been on decline and because of such a decline, the traditional black segregated community has changed. In other words, does there appear to be a black metropolis of two types: 1) the first type represents a segregated community in Chicago similar to the one that DuBois wrote about in the late 19th century. But, when looking at the black community during a contemporary society or post industrial society, 2) the second type of the black community becomes more segregated by race and social class. In the case of the latter, what do you think created a change in the black community from when DuBois and Drake and Cayton studied the community during periods of segregation. Have blacks become more integrated and consequently the black community therefore is less likely to live in the kinds of neighborhoods than Drake and Cayton wrote about. What contributed to such a change? What happen to those blacks at lower socioeconomic levels? Think about the Wilson work in your discussion of the aforementioned question. What are chapters 6 thru 8 about in the Wilson work. How does what Wilson write about so far in your reading relate to a Chicago School of Urban Sociology or an Atlanta School in the tradition of sociological research. Do you think Wilson’s work comes out of the blue or heavily rooted in the work by DuBois and Drake and Cayton, reflecting literature already published in the public square? Remember DuBois was concerned about blacks at the lower socioeconomic end and their emergence into the larger economy of Philadelphia, in particular what DuBois described as a submerged-tenth, and what Wilson references as the urban underclass. And, Drake and Cayton was also concerned about the plight of blacks in the community at lower socioeconomic levels.