Writing a thesis using a topic in Polanyi and Robinson

Write a 7 page essay  in which you articulate and defend a thesis on a topic in Polanyi and Robinson. 

A thesis is a claim that is arguable—it is not obviously true, not obviously false, and not a matter of opinion, but instead an original (i.e. your own) statement that you will support with appropriate evidence and arguments. See the ‘handout on writing’ for further guidance on thesis statements.

For the purpose of this course, quotations from your readings constitute appropriate evidence. Include a parenthetical citation (page number is sufficient) for each quotation as demonstrated below. Any standard format for citations is also acceptable.

  • For example, your might write something like this: “Socrates emphasized that good citizens must sometimes annoy and even disturb their fellow citizens in order to spur them to become better, going so far as to claim in the Apology that he ‘was attached to this city by the god—though it seems a ridiculous thing to say—as upon a great and noble horse which was somewhat sluggish because of its size and needed to be stirred up by a kind of gadfly’ (page 35).”

For the purpose of this course, arguments will take the form of interpreting, comparing, and assessing our assigned readings.

Your first paragraph or two should contain an introduction and a single sentence summarizing your thesis. Underline your thesis sentence.

Your last paragraph should contain a conclusion that consolidates your thesis.

Make a thesis that will both work for Karl Polanyi’ s book called The Great Transformation and Charles Robinson’s book Black Marxism: The Making of The Black Radical Tradition

Your aim is to compare the two books and find a recurring theme. Find examples in the text to make your argument.


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