Sociology

Prompt 1:
Complete the following quiz and then watch the following video clips. After watching the following video clips, consider and answer the following questions the questions that follow.
The Beloved Community [8:24]
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A number of petrochemical companies were built near a native reservation in Canada, causing a series of health problems in the community.

Unnatural Causes, Bad Sugar [7:51]
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The Gila River was the lifeblood for the Pima tribe in Arizona. After water was diverted to provide water for the growing suburbs of Phoenix, the tribe became impoverished and many developed Type 2 diabetes due to the limited diet they could afford.
• Identify the social determinants of health for both video clips.
• How does the placement of the petrochemical companies reflect environmental racism?
• Why do you think that “Chemical Valley” was built so close to tribal lands?
• Why doesn’t this tribe move to be farther away from the petrochemical industry?
• How did the damming of the Gila River benefit some in Arizona? How has it hurt the Pima tribe?
• What structural changes created cultural changes for the Pima?
• Can you think of other examples of environmental racism?

Prompt 2:
After watching the following video clip, consider and answer the following questions the questions that follow.
Latching On: The Politics of Breastfeeding in America [7:10]
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Breastfeeding is healthiest for babies, and yet the United States has very low rates of breastfeeding. This is partly due to the success of marketing campaigns for infant formula, but there are significant cultural barriers too.
• What cultural factors influence whether or not a mother breastfeeds?
• What cultural reasons do you think might explain why the United States has lower breastfeeding rates than other countries?
• Why do you think that breastfeeding rates plummeted during the baby boom years?
• Why is breastfeeding in public so controversial in some cultures but not in others?

Prompt 3:
After watching the following video clip, consider and answer the following questions the questions that follow.
Unnatural Causes, Becoming American [5:47]
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This selection explores the so-called “Latino Paradox,” that despite their poverty, new Latino immigrants tend to be healthier than native-born Americans. The longer immigrants live in the United States, however, the worse their health becomes.
• What is the Latino Paradox?
• What factors make new immigrants healthier than people born in the US?
• What factors contribute to increasing poor health the longer people live in the US?
• What assumptions are commonly made about the health of Latino immigrants? How does the Latino Paradox challenge these assumptions?

Prompt 4:
After watching the following video clip, consider and answer the following questions the questions that follow.
Unnatural Causes [11:27]
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This selection considers why African American women—even educated, high earners—are more likely to have premature and low-birth-weight babies.
• How does the unequal treatment of African Americans impact their unborn children?
• Explain how racism is an important stressor for pregnant women.
• Why is the infant survival rate so much lower in the US than in other industrialized nations?
• What are the public health costs associated with premature births, both for infants and as they grow older?

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