File this one as part of the patriarchal logic that treats a woman’s body as male property to be modified according to cultural norms, such as being cut through female genital mutilation, or, in this case, fattened: Girls force-fed for marriage as old traditions take grip in west Africa | World news | The Observer [...]
Archive for February, 2009
It is a combination of factors: patriarchy, traditional rule, cowardice on the part of Western aids organizations, political convenience and just good old fashioned brutality against anyone who dares reporting on it or fighting it: Genital mutilation: Women fight Africa’s taboo – Africa, World – The Independent via kwout And it’s torture too in the [...]
So, the rich are suffering too: Trying to Live on 500K in New York City – NYTimes.com via kwout Then, add the living expenses: Trying to Live on 500K in New York City – NYTimes.com via kwout Add children: Trying to Live on 500K in New York City – NYTimes.com via kwout Conclusion? Well, maybe [...]
American taste for soft toilet roll ‘worse than driving Hummers’ | Environment | guardian.co.uk via kwout Greenpeace has actually a great guide that lists which brand are environmentally ok and which ones are as bad as Hummers. I’m sure there are environmentally friendly creams for when we all get butt rashes.
February 27, 2009 by SocProf and tagged Cultural Capital, Culture, Dramaturgy, Social Capital, Social Institutions, Social Research, Social Sanctions, Social Theory, Sociological Articles, Sociology, Symbolic Interactionism
… Joel Best, for Prize Proliferation, Sociological Forum, Vol. 23, No. 1, March 2008, pp. 1- 27. Prize proliferation, the topic of Best’s articles, is simply the multiplication of awards being created for a variety of achievements or performances in many social and cultural domains and across institutional domains (including within the ASA). For Best, [...]
Damn, I missed that one: Locus Science Fiction & Fantasy News: Philip José Farmer, 1918-2009 via kwout
So, the ivory trade is making a comeback after years of success in reestablishing elephant populations in various African countries, and it has a lot to do with human conflicts: How the ivory trade funds bloodshed – Africa, World – The Independent via kwout And here, when China enters a market as buyer, its impact [...]
February 25, 2009 by SocProf and tagged Collective Behavior, Culture, Gender, Media, Social Control, Social Deviance, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Norms, Social Sanctions, Social Stigma, Social Theory, Sociology, Teaching Sociology
I have already blogged about the "Octomom" and it just so happens that I was discussing deviance with my students today and her case, of course, came into the discussion and that gave me the opportunity to make a few sociological points regarding the labeling process, moral entrepreneurs and power. My first question to the [...]
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Indeed, looks like social solidarity is down the tube: Anomie in the UK: The Steep Decline of the British Economy – SPIEGEL ONLINE – News – International via kwout How could this possibly happen? Deregulate… Drive policy as if there was "no such thing as a society… only individuals and their families"… slash and burn [...]
And the rest is endangered, so say the International Coral Reef Initiative and l’Initiative française pour les récifs coralliens (via Le Monde). This joint work took four years and some 400 researchers from 96 countries. According to their observations, the world has already lost 19% of its coral reef – one of the world’s richest [...]
Apparently, that’s what I am: ISTJ Profile via kwout Works for me except for the last paragraph which seems to conservative for my taste although I tend to lean towards the authoritarian left. What are you?
Via Le Monde, Switzerland may be the homeland of many pharmaceutical companies as well as the World Health Organization, but it has also become the ground zero for cases of measles. A study published in The Lancet compared measles cases in several EU and non-EU European countries. The authors conclude that contrary to WHO projections, [...]