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Archive for August, 2008

Militarization as Global Urban Policy

August 31, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

This post at Crooks and Liars, relating the use of Blackwater for security operations in the aftermath the exepcted disaster of hurricane Gustav touches upon what I think is an important topic: the militarization of urban centers and the suppression of dissent and disorder in the name of security (Blackwater had also been used in [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Environment, Globalization, Human Rights, Migration, New Wars, Politics, Population, Poverty, Public Policy, Risk Society, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, social marginality, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence, Surveillance Society | No Comments »

The Problem with Palin

August 30, 2008 by and tagged , ,

[Update: just go read Zuzu] First, it is ridiculous to see the former progressive blogosphere all up in arms over the fact that McCain chose a social conservative Republican as his running mate. Who the hell did they think he was going to pick? Russ Feingold?? The real problem is this, as best explained by [...]

Posted in Gender, Patriarchy, Politics, Sexism | 4 Comments »

Academic Stratification

August 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

The academic social ladder, via PHD Comics: I’m roughly at stage four… and I know a lot of folks at stage five!

Posted in Academia, Fun, Humor, Social Stratification, Social Structure | 3 Comments »

The Olympics and Gender, Race, Global Stratification, and Nationalism

August 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Rachel has a great and thought-provoking post over at her place on the Olympics through the prism of sociological theories, based on a student’s report using multicultural functionalism to analyze the events (why do we even bother with that perspective, every time, we find it so wanting it’s amazing that we still use it so [...]

Posted in Gender, Globalization, Identity, Media, Migration, Nationalism, Patriarchy, Sexism, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Social Injustice Lowers Life Expectancy

August 30, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

So says a report from the World Health Organization (WHO) titled Closing the Gap in a Generation: Health Equity through Action on the Social Determinants of Health. Actually, their language is even stronger: inequities are killing people on a grand scale. As the press release states, "A child born in a Glasgow, Scotland suburb can [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Education, Environment, Gender, Global Governance, Globalization, Health, Health Care, Human Rights, Politics, Population, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Causation, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Social Structure, Sociology, Structural Violence, United Nations | 3 Comments »

Youth as Potentially Criminal Condition

August 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

BBC NEWS | UK | Government ‘criminalising young’ via kwout I have already written about the treatment of youths as a dangerous class. This is indeed a disturbing trend that seems to have spread on either side of the Atlantic Ocean. The idea is to find more extensive ways of monitoring youth behavior (as a [...]

Posted in Media, Politics, Population, Poverty, Privacy, Public Policy, Social Deviance, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, social marginality, Social Privilege, Social Stigma, Social Stratification, Social Structure, Sociology, Structural Violence, Surveillance Society, Technology | No Comments »

The World’s Most Powerful Women

August 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Forbes just published its annual list of the most powerful women in the world, so, let’s take a quick look at the rankings: "The most powerful woman in the world, German Chancellor Angela Merkel, tops the list for the third year running as the ranking democratically elected female leader. Sheila Bair, head of the Federal [...]

Posted in Economy, Gender, Globalism, Globalization, Politics | No Comments »

Sociology and Political Activism

August 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Over at Scatterplot, Andrew Perrin has a post criticizing another post by Steve Vaiseys over at Orgtheory (a post ridden with gross overgeneralizations, I might add and the author acknowledges himself). Says Perrin: "Apparently because sociologists tend to be “liberal” (as useless a term as that is), we are less objective than we ought to [...]

Posted in Academia, Politics, Public Policy, Science, Social Theory, Sociology | No Comments »

The Sad State of Obama’s Party

August 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

It tells you everything you need to know when a post like this is even necessary, or this one: "But let’s state this flatly, right here, right now — where you don’t attack Palin is based on her looks. Based on her femininity. Based on her being a mother. Based on her XX genotype. Sarah [...]

Posted in Gender, Politics, Sexism, Social Privilege, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Music Break – The Stills

August 27, 2008 by and tagged

“Being Here”, from their latest album, Oceans Will Rise.

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I, For One, Welcome Our Porcine Overlords

August 27, 2008 by and tagged

Via McClatchy, McClatchy Washington Bureau | 08/26/2008 | Hungry herds of wild pigs invade (and we don’t mean Denver) via kwout

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World Poverty: Greater and More Widespread than Previously estimated

August 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Via the BBC, “The World Bank has warned that world poverty is much greater than previously thought. It has revised its previous estimate and now says that 1.4 billion people live in poverty, based on a new poverty line of $1.25 per day. This is substantially more than its earlier estimate of 985 million people [...]

Posted in Development, Global Governance, Globalization, Population, Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | No Comments »

This is What a Democrat Sounds Like

August 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Hillary took everybody to school last night and showed them how it’s done: It’s about fighting for social justice It’s about fighting for the disadvantaged It’s about fighting for civil rights, women’s rights and gay rights It’s NOT about hopey-changey BS It’s NOT about religious pandering If anything, she highlighted the lack of liberal / [...]

Posted in Globalization, Health Care, Labor, Politics, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | 2 Comments »

Feminism on the Eve of Hillary Clinton’s Speech at the Convention

August 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , ,

As a follow-up to my post on Stephanie Coontz’s column in the Guardian, Kim, of Aussie SocBlog Larvatus Prodeo, has a post on the social benefits provided by feminism (the real kind, not feminism of convenience). Also, we should all take note of Susan Faludi‘s (her latest book, The Terror Dream, is a must-read) column [...]

Posted in Gender, Patriarchy, Politics | No Comments »

Pierre Maura is Not A Happy Camper

August 25, 2008 by and tagged ,

In this post, he has it in for fake sociologists who drag the discipline in the mud by lending their analytical skills, such as they are, to opinion polls sites. These sites conduct asinine surveys and can proudly proclaim, as Maura relates on his blog, that 43% of the French think that love will be [...]

Posted in Humor, Sociology | No Comments »

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