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Archive for October, 2008

Studs Terkel Dies… Damn!

October 31, 2008 by and tagged ,

Really sad news. Everybody go (re)read Working.

Posted in Labor, Media | 2 Comments »

Happy Halloween – Abstruse Goose Edition

October 31, 2008 by and tagged

For those of us who can’t stand kids:

Posted in Humor | 2 Comments »

In Defense of Economic Sociology

October 29, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Denis Colombi is making my life miserable. He keeps writing these great long posts on important sociological topics that I then feel obligated to summarize here in English because he writes on these much better than I could. The latest edition is a lecture note (HA! A note?? Goes to show that the meaning of [...]

Posted in Economy, Labor, Networks, Social Capital, Social Institutions, Social Research, Social Structure, Social Theory, Sociological Articles, Sociology, Teaching Sociology | 2 Comments »

What Brings Families Together? Power Outages and New Technologies

October 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Power outages = people don’t have anything to do with themselves, so, they have sex = mini baby boom nine months later… correlation? Causation? You be the judge, via Le Monde. Here is the story: In Massdriel, Netherlands, the number of births increased by 44% in September 2008 compared to the same month in 2007. [...]

Posted in Global Imaginary, Globalization, Networks, Prejudice, Social Capital, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Interaction, social marginality, Social Movements, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Socialization, Sociology, Surveillance Society, Technology | No Comments »

Islamists Stone Woman in Somalia

October 28, 2008 by and tagged , , , ,

Disgusting, via the Independent. “Somali Islamists have stoned to death a woman accused of adultery, witnesses said, the first such public killing by the militants for about two years. The 23-year-old woman was placed in a hole up to her neck for the execution late yesterday in front of hundreds of people in a square [...]

Posted in Gender, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Religious Fundamentalism | No Comments »

Good News on The Slavery Front

October 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

It does not happen that often, so it is worth noticing when the good guys win! BBC NEWS | Africa | Niger ex-slave wins landmark case via kwout Let’s hope this sets a precedent that former slaves can obtain compensation in court and rebuild their lives. Unfortunately, Ms Mani’s story is both horrific and not [...]

Posted in Gender, Global Governance, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Slavery, Social Stigma, Trafficking | No Comments »

Heading for a Mayan Collapse?

October 27, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

At the very least, there are lessons to be learned from complex societies that collapsed, as Jared Diamond demonstrated. Rory Carroll: Could climate change and economic collapse consign us to the same fate as the Mayans? | Environment | The Guardian via kwout Hmmm… let’s see, environmental pressures? Check. Economic collapse? Check. Failure of political [...]

Posted in Economy, Environment, Globalization, Ideologies, Population, Religious Fundamentalism, Risk Society, Sustainability | No Comments »

Criteria for Sustainable Tourism

October 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

What is sustainable tourism or eco-tourism? It seems a more and more popular option for globally conscious travellers but what criteria determine exactly what such tourism involve? Who decides? Via the Worldwatch Institute , there are now specific criteria determined by a coalition of tourism professional organizations and environmental groups formed into the Partnership for [...]

Posted in Biodiversity, Development, Environment, Gender, Global Governance, Globalization, Health, Human Rights, Indigenous Populations, Poverty, Sustainability, Trafficking | 2 Comments »

OMG!… Socialism!!

October 26, 2008 by and tagged

What has the world come to: BBC NEWS | Business | Argentina to take over pensions via kwout Well, I, for one, welcome our global socialist future!

Posted in Economy | No Comments »

Zygmunt Bauman on The Progressive Future

October 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , ,

As part of the Guardian’s Who Owns The Progressive Future? Series, master social theorist (and a favorite of mine) Zygmunt Bauman wrote a column dealing with the differences between the left and the right on economic matters (or lack thereof). His verdict is quite bleak: Zygmunt Bauman: There is almost no way to distinguish left [...]

Posted in Economy, Global Governance, Global Imaginary, Globalization, Politics, Social Theory, Sociology | 8 Comments »

Of The Invisibility of Social Privilege and Institutional Racism

October 26, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Via the indispensable Ampersand: This should be mandatory material for any introduction to sociology course to explain the simple yet often hard to understand for our students fact that we do not all experience the social structure and interact with its social institutions in a similar fashion. Our social statuses, here race, generate a whole [...]

Posted in Humor, Institutional Racism, Social Discrimination, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Interaction, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Social Structure, Sociology, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence, Teaching Sociology | No Comments »

Quiz Time – Compare and Contrast

October 25, 2008 by and tagged ,

This comic, with the previous post on web 2.0, technology and society:

Posted in Humor, Technology | No Comments »

The Anthropology of YouTube

October 25, 2008 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

All the cool kids are talking about this and they’re right. It’s brilliant and worth every minute of anyone’s time: Michael Wesch is of course the brilliant author of the web 2.0 YouTube video: These are great materials to discuss issues pertaining to society, culture, technology, social interaction, social capital… and add some stuff on [...]

Posted in Dramaturgy, Global Imaginary, Globalization, Media, Networks, Social Capital, Social Interaction, Social Research, Technology | No Comments »

Joseph Stiglitz on Global Financial Regulations

October 25, 2008 by and tagged

Even after the big bailout, here is the problem, according to Stiglitz: Joseph Stiglitz: Regulatory reform is necessary to restore confidence in the financial system | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk via kwout And part of all this is because, contrary to the dogma (and it is a dogma), markets do not function perfectly: Joseph [...]

Posted in Sociology | No Comments »

The IMF To The Rescue… Really?

October 25, 2008 by and tagged , , ,

Apparently, Global economy talks call for greater role for IMF | Business | guardian.co.uk via kwout That is, if DKS (who’s just been cleared of abuse of power) can keep it zipped (what is it with the leaders of multilateral institutions, first Wolfowitz at the World Bank, now DSK at the IMF? Sheesh) and if [...]

Posted in Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Politics | No Comments »

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