Archive for September, 2009

Living in The Risk Society – When Precarization Kills

September 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , ,

This story is a good illustration of C. Wright Mills’s formulation of personal troubles and public issues, with a reminiscently Durkheimian case of suicides: Why are so many France Telecom workers dying? – Europe, World – The Independent via kwout So, most of the FT workers started their careers when promises were made to them […]

Posted in Economy, Globalization, Labor, Precarization, Risk Society, Sociology, Structural Violence, Symbolic Violence | 2 Comments »

Critical Sociology Versus Pragmatic Sociology

September 30, 2009 by and tagged ,

I look forward to reading this (is there anyone of more important stature than Luc Boltanski in French sociology, these days?): Center on Organizational Innovation via kwout And this is what sociologist Roland Pfefferkorn thinks of the book: La sociologie, entre savoir et critique – l’Humanite via kwout

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I Am Proud to Say I Have Not Seen A Single One of These Movies

September 30, 2009 by and tagged

ROTTEN TOMATOES: Worst of the Worst 2009 via kwout

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It’s About Time: Resolution Passed To Protect Women in Conflict Situations

September 30, 2009 by and tagged , , , ,

Well done, Madame Secretary!

Posted in Gender, Global Governance, Mass Violence, New Wars, Patriarchy | 1 Comment »

Global Sociology Blogroll Update

September 29, 2009 by and tagged ,

H/T Pierre Maura: Camille Peugny: Camille Peugny via kwout

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The End of An Era? US Failing State and Palliative Capitalism

September 28, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

In three easy steps. First, acknowledge what scholars of globalization have known for a while now, that the global era is marked by multi-polar power structures, marked by the declining star of the American economy and currency: US dollar set to be eclipsed, World Bank president predicts | Business | via kwout Again, Zoellick […]

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Facebook Racism

September 28, 2009 by and tagged , , ,

Look, no one should be surprised to find the same vile stuff on the various social media platforms as we do in real life and on the Internet. via kwout And the big utopian discourse over social media should already be sources of mockery, in a manner comparable to pronouncements like “the end of […]

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Geez… What a Shocking Surprise: Cutbacks on Park Rangers = More Crime in Parks

September 27, 2009 by and tagged ,

One consequence of California park cutbacks: soaring crime | McClatchy via kwout Maybe that’s the whole point: let the parks deteriorate so badly and be major crime sites that the public will hate them and then the State can sell them to some developer in the name of budgetary constraints and public safety.

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Corporations and Political Contributions

September 27, 2009 by and tagged ,

Via Sociological Images, this great interactive graph tells us which company contributed what to which party. Democratic Republican political contribution data for over 100 companies View data for other companies at

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Social Stratification – Class, Race and Gender

September 27, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Via Susie, Ten Dollars an Hour from Ben Guest on Vimeo. This is a great video to use if you teach introduction to sociology. The class, racial and gender dynamics are unmistakable (“she’s eager to please!”… well duh, if you make attitude a condition to continued employment, yes, the lowest paid employees are the ones […]

Posted in Corporatism, Economy, Gender, Health Care, Institutional Racism, Labor, Patriarchy, Poverty, Precarization, Racism, Sexism, Social Disadvantages, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology, Structural Violence, Teaching Sociology | 10 Comments »


September 26, 2009 by and tagged

Everyone and their brother has already posted this, but just in case some of you missed it: Where The Buffalo Roamed « Weather Sealed via kwout Click on the link for a bigger image. I wish they had a world map of that too.

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The Uses of the Periphery – Slum Tourism

September 26, 2009 by and tagged ,

Kenya’s slums attract poverty tourism | World news | The Guardian via kwout When I was in Kenya last Spring, my guide took me to Kibera, at my request, but I did not take photos. I did take photos of Lusaka Kanyama Area when I was visiting with an NGO through which I sponsor kids. […]

Posted in Poverty, Social Inequalities | 2 Comments »

World Contraception Day 2009

September 26, 2009 by and tagged , ,

It’s today! World Contraception Day via kwout For a world where every pregnancy is wanted. As this Nouvel Observateur article notes, many new options have been introduced this year: 3rd generation pill, estrogen-based pills, new emergency oral contraception. 3e Journée mondiale de la contraception, Société – Information via kwout So, there is more research […]

Posted in Globalization, Health, Health Care | 1 Comment »

The Diverse Paths of Cultural Diffusion – Baseball Edition

September 25, 2009 by and tagged , , , , , ,

H/T Pierre Maura, Le Monde has a very interesting article regarding the trajectory of diffusion of baseball around the world and the national social contexts that made baseball attractive (or unattractive) outside of the United States. The article is based on an interview with Peter Marquis who just completed a thesis on the subject. Jouer […]

Posted in Culture, Media, Nationalism, Sports | 8 Comments »

Let’s Not Get Too Excited – HIV Vaccine Edition

September 25, 2009 by and tagged ,

Usually, when HIV-related stuff comes out, I always wait for Elizabeth Pisani to weigh in and usually rain on everyone’s parade! She did not fail me this time either. There is an important point there though: HIV vaccines: the ecstasy and the agony | HIV / AIDS, science, sex, drugs via kwout These different sub-types […]

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