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Archive for March, 2009

David Held on Reforming Global Institutions… Radically

March 31, 2009 by and tagged , ,

‘Global institutions need a drastic overhaul’ – World Politics, World – The Independent via kwout

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Social Institutions | No Comments »

The Revolt of The Brown-Eyed People?

March 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

It is a nice coincidence that I showed Jane Elliott’s famous experiment to my class… for those of you who need a refresher… Then, I saw this article in the Guardian: ‘Blue-eyed bankers’ to blame for crash, Brazil’s Lula tells Gordon Brown | World news | guardian.co.uk via kwout Actually, more than race / ethnicity, [...]

Posted in Culture, Economy, Ideologies, Politics, Precarization, Risk Society, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

The Patriarchy Continuum… Continued

March 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , ,

In the comments  of my latest post on the patriarchy continuum, the Grumpy Sociologist mentioned this post of his on patriarchy and domestic violence in the US and Gaza. Unfortunately, there has been a lot of this in the news lately. For instance, the media has been all over the shooting in the nursing home [...]

Posted in Culture, Gender, Patriarchy, Sexism, Social Institutions | 2 Comments »

Maurice Jarre (1924 – 2009)

March 29, 2009 by and tagged

BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Film composer Maurice Jarre dies via kwout

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Movie Review – Gomorrah

March 29, 2009 by and tagged ,

Of course, when I saw that hotel had Gomorrah available for pay-per-view, I HAD to watch it, so, I ponied up the money and watched… and it is a gripping film. Gomorrah is, of course, based on Roberto Saviano‘s book of the same title and for which Saviano is now living in hiding. It describes [...]

Posted in Movies, Organized Crime | 2 Comments »

Baltasar Garzón Strikes Again

March 29, 2009 by and tagged

This should be interesting: Spanish judge accuses six top Bush officials of torture | World news | The Observer via kwout Universal jurisdiction is a beautiful thing.

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A World of “Fritzls”

March 29, 2009 by and tagged , ,

So first, there was the real Fritzl case out of Austria. Then, as I mentioned yesterday, there was a horrifyingly similar case in Italy, with an update today: ‘Italian Fritzl’ was known to police and social workers – Europe, World – The Independent via kwout And now, there is another case out of Colombia: BBC [...]

Posted in Gender, Patriarchy, Sexism, Sociology | No Comments »

Branko Milanovic On The Financial Crisis

March 28, 2009 by and tagged ,

For Branko Milanovic, the root cause of the economic crisis is not just greedy bankers and deregulation but the enormous increase in inequalities over the past 25 years, worldwide: ‘Just World News’ with Helena Cobban: Milanovic: ‘The crisis of maldistribution’ via kwout This results in enormous capital that is not consumed (there is only so [...]

Posted in Economy, Social Inequalities | 2 Comments »

The Patriarchy Continuum

March 27, 2009 by and tagged , , , ,

Patriarchal violence may take different forms but it all boils down to controlling women’s bodies and sexuality: Un Italien arrêté pour le viol de sa fille pendant 25 ans, Europe – NouvelObs.com via kwout It is a case terrifyingly reminiscent of the Fritzl case: a 63-year old man has been continuously raping his 34-year old [...]

Posted in Gender, Human Rights, Patriarchy, Religious Fundamentalism, Sexism | 1 Comment »

Music Break – Supertramp

March 26, 2009 by and tagged

“It’s raining again”

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What Every Sociology Teacher Should Say on Day 1

March 26, 2009 by and tagged

What Jay said: "The American tendency to define problems in moral terms leads us to come up not with solutions but with punishments." I am going to make my students learn this by heart. As importantly, this is part of this post: Montclair SocioBlog: If I Had a Hammer via kwout Although I would nitpick [...]

Posted in Sociology | 3 Comments »

The Complex Nature of Global Cities

March 25, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

The current issue of Contexts has an interesting article on global cities and the opportunities and challenges they present to urban planners, developing countries and multilateral institutions written by Michael Goldman and Wesley Longhofer. They write "In the Global South, select cities promise to be catalysts for their national economies, too. Indeed, many scholars and [...]

Posted in Development, Global Cities, Globalization, Labor, Migration, Poverty, Public Policy, Social Inequalities, Social Movements, Social Research, Social Stratification, Sociological Articles, Sociology, Structural Violence, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

Hollow States or Failed States?

March 24, 2009 by and tagged , ,

I am a big proponent of conceptual rigor and clarity as having the correct conceptual framework to understand social situations and phenomena is crucial to either provide the correct solutions to problems or at least to not make mistakes. Anyway, John Robb clarifies: Global Guerrillas: HOLLOW STATES vs. FAILED STATES via kwout It seems to [...]

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Book Review – Elsewhere, U.S.A.

March 24, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Dalton Conley‘s Elsewhere, U.S.A.: How We Got from the Company Man, Family Dinners, and the Affluent Society to the Home Office, BlackBerry Moms, and Economic Anxiety was clearly written to be a bestseller and takes its place among the "trends" books that get published on a regular basis and claim to be capturing the Zeitgeist [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Collective Behavior, Commodification, Consumerism, Corporatism, Culture, Economy, Globalization, Identity, Labor, Networks, Precarization, Privacy, Risk Society, Social Capital, Social Change, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Interaction, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Social Structure, Social Theory, Sociology, Surveillance Society, Technology, Transparent Society | No Comments »

The Toxic Assets Plan Explained

March 23, 2009 by and tagged ,

How did I ever live before discovering In Contempt: Is It Toxic? | In Contempt via kwout

Posted in Corporatism, Economy | No Comments »

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