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Book Discussion… Continued

August 31, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

Let me reproduce another comment (with footnotes and links, for Pete’s sake!) by Dangger as a follow-up to our previous discussion on Connell’s ideas. It is well worth a post of its own. And my comments in blue again. And for the record I love the idea of sociology as pariah science! “About scholarships and [...]

Posted in Globalization, Science, Social Theory, Sociology | No Comments »

The Surveillance Society… It’s Worth It

August 31, 2009 by and tagged

BBC NEWS | UK | England | London | 1,000 cameras ‘solve one crime’ via kwout But it probably made a lot of security-related companies very wealthy, what with all these government contracts. And it gave the government and authorities the illusion of panoptic omniscience.

Posted in Privacy, Surveillance Society | 1 Comment »

Just Drop Everything and Go Read Charles Stross

August 31, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

It is worth it… Charlie’s Diary: Merciless via kwout

Posted in Health, Health Care, Ideologies, Social Deviance | No Comments »

Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Italian Edition

August 31, 2009 by and tagged

Finally! An Italian Socblog! Appunti di Sociologia, by sociologist Agnese Vardanega… The blog is in English, the website (content-rich!) is largely in Italian Appunti di sociologia via kwout

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Book Discussion – Southern Theory

August 30, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

Dangger left a pretty interesting and thorough comment regarding some aspects of Southern Theory. So, I thought I’d just bump it into a post and address some of the concerns he raises. Also, if you read Spanish, be sure to check out his review of the book as well. Anyhoo, here is Dangger’s comment (my [...]

Posted in Global Sociology, Globalization, Social Theory, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Book Review – Society Without God

August 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Phil Zuckerman‘s Society Without God: What The Least Religious Nations Can Tell Us About Contentment will not surprise any European reader. But I suspect we are not the audience for this book. This book is clearly geared towards an American audience. It is highly readable and would be appropriate for undergraduate students and provides a [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Collective Behavior, Culture, Identity, Social Institutions, Social Norms, Social Research, Social Structure, Social Theory, Socialization, Sociology, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Social Reproduction of The Elites

August 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , ,

American meritocracy = myth: It’s time to embrace American royalty – Glenn Greenwald – Salon.com via kwout Having the right name opens doors and gives access irrespective (and sometimes in spite of) merit and qualification. This is not exactly something new. It is classical social reproduction of class position and privileges. But, as I have [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Social Disadvantages, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Transnational Capitalist Class, Transnational State | No Comments »

Book Review – Southern Theory – Part 2

August 29, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Part 1 here. After reading through most of Southern Theory, I was afraid the final section would be a version of “let’s dump everything Northern and embrace everything Southern as infused with golden wisdom.” But, of course, Connell is much too smart a sociologist to endorse such a simplistic position. See the short and sweet [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Culture, Development, Gender, Global Governance, Global Sociology, Globalization, Indigenous Populations, Neo-Colonialism, Patriarchy, Social Disadvantages, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Justice, Social Privilege, Social Research, Social Theory, Sociology | 3 Comments »

Book Review – Southern Theory – Part 1

August 29, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

In Southern Theory: The Global Dynamics of Knowledge in Social Science, Australian sociologist Raewyn Connell sets herself the ambitious task of extirpating the imperialist roots of Western social science (sociology in particular) and bring to the fore the social science projects of the periphery through the exploration of a variety of sociologists from the Global [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Culture, Development, Global Governance, Global Sociology, Globalization, Indigenous Populations, Neo-Colonialism, Patriarchy, Social Disadvantages, Social Exclusion, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Justice, Social Privilege, Social Research, Social Theory, Sociology, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence | 1 Comment »

Quelle Surprise! Higher Incomes = Higher Test Scores

August 28, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

Via The New York Times, can we all say “La Reproduction‘? Maths scores: Writing scores: Combined: And… SAT Scores and Family Income – Economix Blog – NYTimes.com via kwout So… Bourdieu Pierre. La Reproduction

Posted in Education, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

It REALLY Is a Small World… For the Corporate Elite

August 28, 2009 by and tagged , ,

Wonderful graphics by Baptiste Coulmont on the networks composed of individuals (red dots) sitting on administrative councils of companies (blue lozenges) listed in the CAC40 stock index (the French equivalent of the Dow Jones, if you will). And a close-up: Most of the names on the graphs will be familiar for people who follow French [...]

Posted in Corporatism, Networks, Sociology | 2 Comments »

Are Townhall Protests The Effective Kind of Protest?

August 28, 2009 by and tagged , ,

When I saved this post by Brayden, at Orgtheory, on protests, I knew it would come handy some day. I was right, especially in light of the current right-wing townhall protests taking place all over the country. The immediate goal of these protests is the potential health care reform being manufactured in the US Congress, [...]

Posted in Collective Behavior, Social Movements, Sociology | No Comments »

Society of Sociopaths

August 27, 2009 by and tagged , ,

The whole health care fiasco has certainly revealed the nastiness of a segment of the American society. And yes, they may be bought and bussed to town hall meetings by big industry groups, but that does not change the fact of the existence of infantile Randoids and just plain ignoramuses who think they own nothing [...]

Posted in Collective Behavior, Rant, Religious Fundamentalism, Sociology | No Comments »

Sociology Communities Update

August 26, 2009 by and tagged

Here is another interesting sociology communities focused on applied sociology and sociology outside of academia: Home | Sociology at Work via kwout

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De-Stealthing Conflict Atrocities After It is Too Late

August 26, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

Be warned, this video contains images of violence.

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