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Archive for January, 2010

The Visuals Du Jour – Raising The Global Floor or In Which I Blame Max Weber

January 31, 2010 by and tagged , , , , ,

Here is a great source of global maps for sociology instructors. Lots of variables to pick from and neat maps as a result: The Work, Family, and Equity Index (WFEI): Measuring governmental performance around the world in meeting the needs of working families. via kwout This complements the following from Sociological Images: Paid Holidays/Vacation Days [...]

Posted in Culture, Ideologies, Public Policy, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | 2 Comments »

Random Notes From Watching The Grammys on Mute

January 31, 2010 by and tagged ,

Apparently, apart from Green Day, there is no more rock music made in the US. Only commercial hip hop and country matter. Whatever passes for pop is so bad that it has to be surrounded by ridiculous, over the top, gimmicks (SWAT teams, robots, etc.). Obviously, one has to turn to the European musical scene [...]

Posted in Music, Rant | No Comments »

The F— YOU Conception of Control

January 31, 2010 by and tagged , , , ,

One of Neil Fliegstein’s central concept, in his whole view of markets as fields, is that of conception of control. For Fliegstein, there are four types of rules and understandings necessary for structured exchange (market as field) to emerge: (1) property rights, (2) governance structure, (3) rules of exchange, and (4) conceptions of control. To [...]

Posted in Corporatism, Culture, Economic Sociology, Economy, Embeddedness, Sociology | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Foreign Aid Hall of Shame

January 30, 2010 by and tagged ,

Via Arthur Goldhammer, enlightening…

Posted in Globalization, Poverty | No Comments »

Music Break – Gorillaz

January 29, 2010 by and tagged

Dirty Harry…

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Book Review – Inside Toyland

January 27, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Among the sociological topics I like reading about, I particularly enjoy sociology of labor, especially those based on deep ethnographic work combining micro-analysis of social relationships in the workplace with macro-analysis of structural inequalities. So, this is why when my colleague Mike recommended Christine L. Williams‘s Inside Toyland: Working, Shopping, and Social Inequality, it was [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Commodification, Consumerism, Cultural Capital, Culture, Dramaturgy, Gender, Institutional Racism, Labor, Microsociology, Organizational Sociology, Patriarchy, Precarization, Racism, Sexism, Social Inequalities, Social Interaction, Social Research, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology, Structural Violence, Symbolic Interactionism, Symbolic Violence, Teaching Sociology | 1 Comment »

Debunking Misconceptions About Sociology

January 26, 2010 by and tagged ,

Over at The Sociological Imagination, Josh McCabe has a truly great post where he dispatches common misconceptions about sociology especially compared to economics. The whole thing is a must-read. The misconceptions he debunks? Sociology is all mushy methods (often proclaimed by people who swear only by statistical models with only remote connection to reality) Sociology [...]

Posted in Sociology, Teaching Sociology | No Comments »

Adventures in College Teaching – TMI Edition

January 26, 2010 by and tagged

From a student’s email: “I wasn’t at the school on Monday because I had a really bad diarrhea.” Well, thank you so much for letting me know! Next time, a simple “I was sick” will suffice.

Posted in Teaching Sociology | 4 Comments »

“Alpha Wives” (What A Stupid Title)

January 26, 2010 by and tagged ,

So, this has made the rounds already: New Economics of Marriage: The Rise of Wives – Pew Research Center via kwout Full report here. Based on this report, the New York Times has a series of contributions on the topic from several women from academic experts (Stephanie Coontz) to useless hack (Barbara Dafoe Whitehead) As [...]

Posted in Gender, Sociology | 2 Comments »

Real Man!

January 25, 2010 by and tagged , , , ,

Thanks to VeganProf for pointing this out to me. It is hilarious and makes a good point about gender roles on both levels:

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

The Visual Du Jour – Patchwork Nation

January 25, 2010 by and tagged

Via Chad Gesser, So much to click through… Really cool Patchwork Nation: American communities in a time of change. > Patchwork Nation Blog | The Christian Science Monitor via kwout

Posted in Sociology | No Comments »

The Oh-So-Very Stratified Social Media – Indian Edition

January 24, 2010 by and tagged , , , , ,

Hey kids, remember how the social media platforms were going to be the great equalizers? (providing we conveniently ignore the pesky digital divide)… well, not so much… India caste | Facebook | Orkut via kwout And the top of the caste distribution is represented as well: India caste | Facebook | Orkut via kwout Conclusion: [...]

Posted in Identity, Networks, Social Capital, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology, Technology | No Comments »

China’s Communist Party as Effective Capitalist Government and US State as Rent Seeker?

January 24, 2010 by and tagged ,

At least more effective than the US government, according to Tony Karon. The man Obama needs to fix America is … Karl Marx – The National Newspaper via kwout Seems ironic, isn’t it? Actually, I would argue, following Neil Fligstein’s typology (The Architecture of Markets, p.46), and considering the financial crisis and latest US Supreme [...]

Posted in Economy, Sociology | No Comments »

Ersatz Capitalism and Anomie 2.0

January 23, 2010 by and tagged ,

Joseph Stiglitz on ‘Ersatz Capitalism’ and Moral Bankruptcy » New Deal 2.0 via kwout I would argue that this is a feature, not a bug or some monstrous abnormal development but the logical end point of 30 years of neoliberalism that started with Reagan and Thatcher and culminated with the 2008 crisis and the recent [...]

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At Least, Sociologists Don’t Do S@#$ Like This

January 23, 2010 by and tagged

Contribute to torture (psychologists): The Psychologists and Gitmo—By Scott Horton (Harper’s Magazine) via kwout Or help pacify the native for military purposes (anthropologists): David Price: Hollywood’s Human Terrain Avatars via kwout And should I mention economists? (Ian Welsh can probably answer that one better in terms doing social damage… just read his blog) So, if [...]

Posted in Sociology | 5 Comments »

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