Longer Writing Assignment
Pick a place. It could be a country, a larger region that crosses national boundaries (The Balkans), a group of countries with a shared colonial history (India, Pakistan and Bangladesh), a group of countries that are seen as a region today (OPEC), a region within a country (Appalachia, the rustbelt), or a specific city.
How did any of the ‘globe-shaping’ and ‘place-making’ social forces that we have studied – colonialism, slavery/slave trade, anti-colonial struggle, neoliberalism, social reproduction– make the place you are discussing look the way it does?
Your essay should be from 3-5 pages, double spaced.
This question is very broad, and a thorough answer would fill books, let alone a paper. You’re not trying to be comprehensive. Don’t try to list all the ways that any of the things we have studied apply. Instead, pick one (or at most two) and show with as much detail as possible how it has shaped your place.
You must use at least 2 sources from class readings. These will probably not be relevant in terms of the specific empirical facts; instead you are using them to ground your analysis of your place in some of the theories we have studied.
You must use at least 3 outside sources (not Wikipedia or an equivalent) to substantiate the details that you are using in your argument.
Be careful of: citing too long of a passage. Don’t cite a paragraph and then tell me that it showed your point. In general, whenever you excerpt something, you should talk about it longer than the length of the excerpt. And if possible, it’s usually better to summarize and explain what something says in your own words rather than quoting.
Be careful of: plagiarism (accidental, or intentional). It is really easy to type up something you’ve read as notes, and end up using it in your writing without realizing that you are literally copying. DON’T DO THIS! It is usually very easy to notice when a student’s language changes suddenly, and to google phrases and sentences.
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