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Social Justice Matters – Aborigines Edition

July 31, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Aborigines win control of sea fishing rights – Australasia, World – The Independent via kwout This is a point I have been arguing in several posts: social justice is more incarnated in redistribution mechanisms (such as fishing rights) than in recognition of a particular identity or particular historical grievance. Having rights is not enough and [...]

Posted in Biodiversity, Development, Economy, Environment, Human Rights, Indigenous Populations, Politics, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence, Sustainability | No Comments »

What Kind of Punctuation am I?

July 31, 2008 by and tagged

Via Wicked Anomie . You Are a Colon You are very orderly and fact driven. You aren’t concerned much with theories or dreams… only what’s true or untrue. You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched. You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren’t subject [...]

Posted in Humor, Pointless post | No Comments »

Look Who’s Talking – World Bank Edition

July 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

Really, this is rich: BBC NEWS | Asia-Pacific | World Bank warning to East Timor via kwout This is the same World Bank, which, along with the IMF, used to encourage countries to base their economic development on their comparative advantage (simply put, what do countries have to offer to the global market? Once such [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Poverty, Public Policy | No Comments »

ASA Bingo

July 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Like many of my fellow socbloggers, I will be in Boston for the weekend for the American Sociological Association meeting, all equipped with my ASA Bingo card (courtesy of uber socblogger, Kieran Healy), which I should be able to fill with zero trouble at all if past experience is any indication! Hopefully, I’ll have some [...]

Posted in Academia, Economy, Education, Globalization, Labor, Social Theory, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Cectic Rules – The Scientific Method Works

July 29, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Although… where are the women??

Posted in Fun, Humor, Science | No Comments »

New Criminology Tools – Bees as Crime Solvers

July 29, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Now that is something you don’t read every day: BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Bees join hunt for serial killers via kwout What are the discoveries so far? BBC NEWS | Science/Nature | Bees join hunt for serial killers via kwout Criminology is not my specialty so I wonder how much of this is actually [...]

Posted in Science, Social Deviance | No Comments »

The Price of Social Stigmas

July 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

I have already posted on this. Any physical difference from the norm can be seized upon and used against the individuals who can do nothing about them. These individuals, deviant because of a physical characteristic (in this case, one they do not control) are then subjected to dehumanization and violence, used as scapegoats and otherwise [...]

Posted in Corruption, Human Rights, Mass Violence, Prejudice, Social Deviance, Social Exclusion, Social Stigma | 2 Comments »

Sociology in the News – The Beginning of the End of Mass Incarceration?

July 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Another post as part of my social justice series. Bruce Western – of Punishment and Inequality in America fame – hopes so (via Chris Uggen ) in this article in the Boston Review. "The British sociologist T.H. Marshall described citizenship as the “basic human equality associated with full membership in a community.” By this measure, [...]

Posted in Economy, Human Rights, Institutional Racism, Mass Violence, Politics, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Deviance, Social Inequalities, social marginality, Social Stigma, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Sociology Quiz: Can You Spot the Sexism and Ageism?

July 28, 2008 by and tagged , ,

Can you spot the sexism and ageism in this ad for MTV? The ageism is pretty obvious but let’s see if you can spot the sexism. Answer and comment below the fold.

Posted in Politics, Rant, Sexism | 2 Comments »

Illusion of Leadership and Democratic Impotence

July 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

Jeremy Seabrook has a very pessimistic but, I think, powerful column in the Guardian in light of Barack Obama’s world tour. It centers on Obama but has wider implications for the way we consider political leadership in the global context. For those of us who regularly read Seabrook, it is a well know fact that [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Politics, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Polygamist Sects Compared to Organized Criminal Networks

July 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Via McClatchy, "A Senate committee on Thursday heard appeals for the creation of a federal task force to combat polygamist sects that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid described as sophisticated organized crime rings. Texas Attorney General Greg Abbott, whose office has received nationwide attention for its investigation of a sect in Texas, was among those [...]

Posted in Corruption, Human Rights, Networks, Organized Crime, Politics, Religious Fundamentalism, Social Deviance, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Bad Times for Tax Cheats

July 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

In the book I reviewed yesterday on tax heavens, one of the reasons the authors gave for writing the book in the first place was that this is a topic that never quite absent from the news and never goes out of fashion. Der Spiegel illustrates how true this is. International Crack Down: The New [...]

Posted in Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Privacy, Social Deviance, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Surveillance Society, Technology, Terrorism | No Comments »

Book Review – Les Paradis Fiscaux

July 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Christian Chavagneux and Ronen Palan’s Les Paradis Fiscaux is a great (and mercifully short) introduction to tax heavens, banking secrecy and the offshore financial world. And it’s in French. For my non-French readers, not to worry, hopefully, my review will give enough substantial information… or, y’all could learn French! However, I have preserved what I [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Corruption, Development, Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Networks, Organized Crime, Politics, Privacy, Social Inequalities, Social Movements, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology, Technology, Terrorism | No Comments »

Navanethem Pillay – New UN High Commissioner on Human Rights

July 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

UN Secretary General Ban Ki-Moon appointed a new UN High Commissioner on Human Rights to succeed outgoing Commissioner Louise Arbour: South African Judge Navanethem Pillay who currently serves at the International Criminal Court. She seems like the right person for the job, judging from her short bio on the ICC website: "In 1967 Judge Pillay [...]

Posted in Gender, Global Governance, Human Rights, Politics, United Nations | No Comments »

Bad Week for Sadistic Murderers

July 24, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

BBC NEWS | Americas | Life for Argentine ex-army chief via kwout After the arrest of Karadzic , it seems it is getting harder and harder for mass murderers and torturers to get away with their crimes, even decades later. The BBC link also has a lot of links on the way Argentina has been [...]

Posted in Human Rights, Mass Violence, Structural Violence, Terrorism | No Comments »

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