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(Political Identity): Anything about the politics of identity; these kinds of stories are
very common in US mass media, but they are also found in many other countries with great
frequency. It can be related to race, religion, gender or gender identity, sexual orientation,
caste, ethnicity, etc The link of the news is https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-47729119What Needs to Go In an Entry?
Each entry needs to have four things: 1) A link to the story you are using, if it is available on the web. If you find a story in
a print publication, you should be able to find and provide the link to it online.
Many radio and television stories also likely have web links to listen or watch. 2) A short description of the event being covered. You do not need to get in great
detail here. Just tell enough to cover the main points of the story. This need not
be more than 2-3 sentences.
**Important: Do not cut and paste text from the story itself and use that as your
summary. This constitutes plagiarism. The summary must be in your own
words!** 3) Somewhere, in either the summary or the questions, you need to make it clear
why you see a connection between this particular event or news story and the
topic we have just covered. For example, one could write an entry on a story about
the poor condition of roads in Kenya and how that has contributed to a recent
traffic accident there. However, you should also make clear that you understand
that this story is related to the topic of The State (if you’re writing for that
particular topic), in that even minimalists think that states should maintain roads,
and the fact that Kenya does not do that very well is some indication of a weaker
state. 4) At least 2 questions that came to mind as you read the story. I anticipate that these
will mostly be “how” or “why” questions. For example, if you’ve read a story about
ethnic violence in Myanmar (Burma), a question might be, “Why did Group A
attack Group B?” If civilians, or even children, were targeted in the attack, a good
question would be “Why did the attackers target children?”
A really good question integrates significant amounts of context from the story.
For example, if you were reading a story from August 2013 about the elections in
Zimbabwe, and the story mentioned how then-President Mugabe’s ZANU-PF
party won quite a few seats in opposition strongholds (such as Masvingo
Province), and how the last election in 2008 had involved significant violence
against members of the opposition there, you could ask, “Why did people in
Masvingo Province, who had voted for the opposition in the past, vote for
Mugabe’s party in this election? Wouldn’t the violence people in the region
suffered at the hands of ZANU-PF supporters in 2008 have made them unlikely to
ever vote for ZANU-PF?”
These questions should be something that intrigues, puzzles, or even confuses you
about the story. After a few weeks of this, you will hopefully be asking the types
of questions that political scientists try to answer in their work.
Bad questions (for the purpose of this assignment) would be ones that are more
strictly factual in nature. For example, if you read an article on the 2013 election
in Zimbabwe, and it mentioned that ZANU-PF won in Masvingo Province, a good
question would *not* be, “How many people voted in Masvingo Province?” Other
inappropriate questions would be, “When did Zimbabwe get its independence?”
“How old is Robert Mugabe?” “What are the main crops grown in Masvingo
Province?” etc.
Also, avoid questions that simply ponder what will happen in the future. For
example, “How much longer will authoritarianism last in Zimbabwe?” is not a
good question for this assignment. Political scientists mainly focus on analyzing
things that have happened in the past.

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