- The JungleHow can Sinclair’s masterpiece be considered an ethnographic* work in the Chicago School
Begin by providing a brief précis of the novel itself (remember I’ve read it, so this should be short
and not take up more than one page). Then, select passages or events from the storyline and show
how they exemplify certain principles, perspecves, and >ndings of the Chicago School (the model
and major principles of human ecology).
- It would be helpful to begin by construcng a typology charng the changes the Rudkus family wentthrough in The Jungle, illustrang the dialecc between infrastructure and superstructure and
demonstrang the Chicago School model. When developing the typology, you will be comparing the
changes members of the Rudkus family go through from a “community” to a “society” (Tönnies and
Simmel). This largely takes place in the “accommodaon” stage; as such, note the changes family
members have to make to their new environment. I hope this helps to clarify the quesons–if not,
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How well does the Chicago School model explain the changes they, and the immigrant community,
went through? What lessons can we learn about community from the novel? What helps to
strengthen a community? What tears it apart? How does this support or refute the Chicago School’s
*Ethnography: a descripve account of social life and culture in a parcular social system based on
detailed observaons of what people actually do. Ethnographies are used to study how cultures
develop historically and to compare them with an earlier me or other cultures.
You should consider this paper a research paper. You have to develop the theory as discussed in
lectures and your readings. The Jungle and Work and Community are your “data sets” to draw on for
evidence. This means you should be cing at least once per paragraph with a few excepons.
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Your essay should be between 6-8 pages (no header, Titles are appreciated), double-spaced using
Times New Roman, 12 pt. You may use an equivalent type as long as the size is similar:
Times New Roman 12pt
Times New Roman (Verdana 10pt OK)
Times New Roman (Verdana 12pt not okay)