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Archive for February, 2010

Blogging Break – Surgery Edition

February 24, 2010 by and tagged ,

I will be undergoing surgery later today, so, blogging might be scarce for a few days.

Posted in Health, Health Care | 1 Comment »

Social Mobility and Transfer of Privileges

February 23, 2010 by and tagged , , ,

In its report Going For Growth 2010, the OECD examines intergenerational mobility across its member countries. It also provides a good definition of intergeneration mobility: So, how do OECD countries fare when it comes to the transmission of privileges (and disadvantages) and intergenerational mobility? So, the UK, Italy, US and France are the countries with [...]

Posted in Social Disadvantages, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – TARP

February 23, 2010 by and tagged

Via Visual Economics, the comparative “bubbles” are always interesting.

Posted in Economy | 1 Comment »

The Patriarchy Continuum – Variations on a Theme

February 22, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

By now, you probably have read Jessica Valenti’s piece in the Washington Post, along with the myriad of sexist comments that prove her point: that  gender equality is far from established in the United States: For women in America, equality is still an illusion – washingtonpost.com via kwout I argued here before that the patriarchy [...]

Posted in Culture, Development, Education, Gender, Health, Ideologies, Patriarchy, Sexism, Social Disadvantages, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Socialization, Sociology, Structural Violence | No Comments »

Unemployment Round-Up

February 21, 2010 by and tagged ,

The news is not really good: The New Poor – Despite Signs of Recovery, Long-Term Unemployment Rises – Series – NYTimes.com via kwout The stories are devastating and clearly point to the urgency of labor policy. Over at The Baseline Scenario, James Kwak has a series of graphics that give some nuance to unemployment data, [...]

Posted in Economy, Labor | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Animated Unemployment

February 21, 2010 by and tagged

This has already made the rounds and I blogged it a while back, but here is the updated and video version:

Posted in Economy | No Comments »

Tout Augmente, Même La Misère

February 19, 2010 by and tagged ,

Title shamelessly borrowed from Gianni Silei. Bad news: no progress in the global fight against poverty | Social Watch via kwout Click on the image for humongous version. What is the Basic Capabilities Index?: ICB2009_reverso_eng.gif (GIF Image, 3000×1064 pixels) via kwout In greater details: Basic Capabilities Index: a starting point | Social Watch via kwout

Posted in Development, Poverty | No Comments »

The Failures of the Global Financial Architecture with Flash Animation

February 19, 2010 by and tagged , , , , ,

This is a must-read by Social Watch: A failed financial architecture (flash) | Social Watch via kwout This is one of the smartest explanation of the global governance system and its systemic failures. This slide is unsurprising but still needs to be noted as a systemic feature: A failed financial architecture (flash) via kwout This [...]

Posted in Development, Economy, Global Governance, Globalization, Organized Crime, Poverty | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Recovery??

February 19, 2010 by and tagged

Via Visual Economics, as always (and yes, yes, we can debate the issue of measurement but still) and yes, we already know that Spain and Greece are in pretty bad shape.

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Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Mexican Edition

February 17, 2010 by and tagged ,

Sociedad y poder via kwout Update your bookmarks and RSS feeds!

Posted in Global Sociology, Sociology | No Comments »

Bringing Power and Dominance Back into The Network Society

February 17, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , ,

According to this article in El País (in Spanish), this is is what Manuel Castells does in his latest book Communication Power but it does not mean that he has given up on the emancipatory potential of the Internet: La araña y su tela · ELPAÍS.com via kwout Read the whole thing. Although I would [...]

Posted in Global Sociology, Globalization, Networks, Power, Social Theory, Sociology | No Comments »

Google Buzz and The Surveillance Society

February 17, 2010 by and tagged ,

After reviewing the various privacy issues relating to Google Buzz, Christian Fuchs argues that Buzz is only the latest tool used by Google to exercise economic surveillance and that we should worry about such developments for the following reasons: Google Buzz: Economic Surveillance – Buzz Off! The Problem of Online Surveillance and the Need for [...]

Posted in Networks, Surveillance Society | 3 Comments »

No Racial Profiling at All… Nothing to See… Moving Right Along…

February 17, 2010 by and tagged ,

Paging Todd Krohn, my favorite critical criminologist, about this: New NYPD Data for 2009 Shows Significant Rise in Stop-and-Frisks: More than Half Million New Yorkers Stopped Last Year | Center for Constitutional Rights via kwout Let us review: Blacks and Hispanics may show up in higher proportion in crime statistics NOT because they commit more [...]

Posted in Institutional Racism | 1 Comment »

A Sociology of Global Chaos?

February 16, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

The dominant mythical narrative of globalization (a la Tom Friedman) is one where the Global North is politically stable, economically prosperous and culturally modern as opposed to an overpopulated, politically corrupt, economically under-developed and socially chaotic Global South. As such, the Global North could dictate economic policies to the Global South through institutions of global [...]

Posted in Economic Sociology, Economy, Embeddedness, Failed States, Global Governance, Globalization, Risk Society | No Comments »

A Unique and Centralized ID Device… What Could Possibly Go Wrong?

February 15, 2010 by and tagged ,

At face value, something like this may seem practical: Montpellier: the cashless society – Europe, World – The Independent via kwout However, in the context of identity fraud and the surveillance society, this is worrisome as well. The idea of complete centralization of information on individuals has the potential for so much damage and risks [...]

Posted in Surveillance Society, Technology | 1 Comment »

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