Amy E. Traver, Professor of Sociology at QCC-CUNY


“Green Grows in Queens:” A 5-Week Project for Introduction to Sociology (SOCY-101)


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At the time of this writing, my plan for this 5-week project begins with a humanities text and takes the following shape for fall 2021:



Part 3: Sociology Applied – “Green Grows in Queens”

Introduction to Part 3

F2F: 11/10

Engage: “To the Fig Tree on 9th and Christian” a poem by Ross Gay; watch author reading of poem

Construct: A concept map connecting the poem’s ideas to modules from parts 1, 2, and 3 of the course

Module 9: Sociology of Space

Online: by 11/15 midnight

Watch: Lecture 9

Read: Logan, John, 2012, “Making a Place for Space: Spatial Thinking in Social Science,” Annual Review of Sociology, pp. 507- 524 or excerpt from The Power of Place: Urban Landscapes as Public History

by Dolores Hayden or Power of Place: How Our Surroundings Shape Our Thoughts, Emotions, and Actions by Winifred Gallagher

Post: Reflection that connects the lecture and reading; identification and rationale for the green/garden spaces to be studied; pictures of those

green/garden spaces

F2F: 11/17

Mini-Lecture: Queens history (a borough of gardens, immigrants, and villages)

Engage: Neighborhood-based research/datasets (historical census; historical NYC tax records)

Construct: Historical profile of selected green/garden spaces

Module 10: Sociology of Immigration

Online: by 11/22 midnight

Watch: Lecture 10

Read: An excerpt from Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo’s (2014). Paradise Transplanted: Migration and the Making of California Gardens

Post: Reflection that connects the lecture and reading; (new/additional) pictures of green/garden places

F2F: 11/24

Mini-Lecture: Queens, globalization, and Joseph J. Salvo and Arun Peter Lobo on hyper-diverse neighborhoods

Engage: Neighborhood-based research/datasets (contemporary census; NYC Open Data; Data2Go.NYC; NYU Furman Center NY Neighborhood Data Profiles; CSI Resources) and botanical tools (apps to identify plants in pictures and Dumbarton Oaks databases to put them in relationship to human migration)

Construct: Demographic profile of selected green/garden spaces; botanical profile of selected green/garden spaces

Module 11: Sociology of Race

Online: by 11/29 midnight

Watch: Lecture 11

Read: ”Being stewards of Land is Our Legacy”: Exploring the Lived Experiences of Young Black Farmers” by Leslie Touzeau in Journal of Agriculture, Food Systems, and Community 8.4, 2019

Post: Reflection that connects the lecture and reading; interview with

community member on composition and racialization of selected green/garden spaces

F2F: 12/1

Mini-Lecture: Queens, Segregation, and W. E. B. Du Bois’s empirical interrogations of the Black/white, urban/rural divides

Engage: Museum of City of NY redlining content; Neighborhood-based research/datasets (NYC Open Data; Data2Go.NYC; NYU Furman Center NY Neighborhood Data Profiles; CSI Resources) and aggregated interview data

Construct: Expanded demographic profile of green/garden place;

interview-based infographic in spirit of W. E. B. Du Bois’ data visualizations on segregation

Module 12: Sociology of Class

Online: by 12/6 midnight

Watch: Lecture 12

Read: “Since when have trees existed only for rich Americans?” by Ian Leahy and Yyrna Serkez in the NYT; “Los Angeles Confronts Its Shady Divide” by Alejandra Borunda in National Geographic

Post: Reflection that connects the lecture and reading; observational data



on trees/availability of green/garden spaces

F2F: 12/8

Min-Lecture: Queens, Class-based Inequality, and Eric Klinenberg on heat disasters

Engage: Neighborhood-based research/datasets (contemporary census; NYC Open Data; Data2Go.NYC; NYU Furman Center NY Neighborhood Data Profiles; CSI Resources), observational data, and tree equity data Construct: Expanded demographic profile of green/garden spaces; tree-

equity profile of green/garden spaces

Assessment of Part 3 (Modules 9-12)

TBD

Virtual or in-person presentation of visual essay, combining photos of

green/garden spaces, original and secondary qualitative and quantitative data, and readings



It is my expectation that this 5-week project will help to address the following Pathways Common Core Category IID Individual & Society learning outcomes: