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Power, Identity, Resistance I

Social Science 111, Section 18, Autumn 2008
Charles Lipson

Monday, Wednesday, 3-4:20pm
Cobb 116
University of Chicago

Charles Lipson
Office: Pick 418; Office hours: Wednesday, 1-2:30
E-mail: [email protected]
( please put the words SS111 in subject line)
Teaching Intern:
Course Administrator: Cheral Cotton, [email protected]

Please note: No meeting on the day before Thanksgiving

Reading Assignments

How to Make a Pencil, or What a Simple Lead Pencil Tells Us About the Division of Labor
  Video on how pencils are manufactured, Staedtler manufacturing company, Germany
  Leonard E. Read, "I, Pencil: My Family Tree as told to Leonard E. Read" online (originally published in The Freeman, December 1958)
  Milton Friedman's brief discussion of Leonard Read's "I, Pencil" (two-minute video)
William J. Bernstein, The Birth of Plenty
Adam Smith, The Wealth of Nations
  Vol. I: 1-43; 53-160; 275-278; 474-495
  Vol. II: 179-181; 207-209; 230-253; 282-288; 300-309
Robert C. Tucker, ed., The Marx-Engels Reader
  Communist Manifesto: 469-500
  Capital: 302-12; 319-61; 397-411; 422-31
  1844 Manuscripts: 70-105
  Wage Labour and Capital: 203-17
  German Ideology: 172-200
Émile Durkheim, Division of Labor
  1-44, 60-64, 68-72, 77-86, 101-15, 118-39, 141-46, 149-54, 165-74, 179-80, 195-223, 291-308, 329-40
Required Books to Buy for Course
    ISBN Regenstein call number
William J. Bernstein, The Birth of Plenty: How The Prosperity of the Modern World Was Created (NY: McGraw-Hill, 2004). available in hardback only 0071421920 HC79.W4 B47 2004
Buy all other books for this course except Mauss. Other sections of this course will read Mauss, The Gift, but we will not.    
Administrative details about paper assignments
Give each paper a title. Each paper must have a title and must include your name and e-mail address on the first page. Please staple. Don't use any fancy bindings.
Include proper citations. Your paper must include proper citations. You may use either Chicago style citations (footnotes or endnotes) or APA (in line citations), both of which are found in Lipson's Doing Honest Work in College.
Include specific page references. Please give specific page references when you quote the assigned authors or discuss their analysis.
Do not use secondary works. This course is based on classic works by Smith, Marx, and Durkheim, plus a recent book by William Bernstein. You do not need to read any secondary works, that is, works written by others about these authors. We will consider their ideas in some depth and encourage your own critical evaluation of them.
Do your own work. No Plagiarism. Each paper must be your own original work. You know the basic principles: When you say you did the work, you really did it; when you rely on the work of others, give them full credit; and when you present materials, do so fairly and accurately.
Turn in your papers on time. Papers are due at Professor Lipson's office, Pick 418b. You may not turn in papers late unless you have prior written permission.

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