Archive for December, 2010

2010 – The Year of Kettling

December 18, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , ,

We’ve all been kettled. The term, of course, refers to a form of containment used by law enforcement against protestors who are then surrounded by a thick cordon of police, with either one narrow exit or no exit at all as police advances and reduces the space available to those kettled. Once duly kettled, sometimes […]

Posted in Collective Behavior, Corporatism, Education, Power, Public Policy, Risk Society, Social Institutions, Social Movements, Surveillance Society | 1 Comment »

Book Review – Murder City

December 18, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Last book review of the year! I have been looking for some solid analysis regarding the mass killings of Ciudad Juarez, so, naturally, I downloaded Charles Bowden‘s Murder City: Ciudad Juarez and The Global Economy’s New Killing Fields. This book is not Juarez 101. It is not a journalistic or analytical account of what happens […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Corruption, Economy, Failed States, Globalization, Hollow States, Mass Violence, Militarism, Organized Crime, Poverty, Risk Society, Structural Violence, Trafficking | No Comments »

Liquid Times – The Individualization of Coupling

December 15, 2010 by and tagged , ,

Paging Stephanie Coontz, marriage is changing! “Some are divorced and disenchanted with marriage; others are young couples ideologically opposed to marriage, but eager to lighten their tax burdens. Many are lovers not quite ready for old-fashioned matrimony. Whatever their reasons, and they vary widely, French couples are increasingly shunning traditional marriages and opting instead for […]

Posted in Social Change, Social Institutions, Sociology | 4 Comments »

Music Break – These New Puritans

December 15, 2010 by and tagged

We want War, from their album, Hidden.

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The Visual Du Jour – US Health Care Costs… Rising

December 15, 2010 by and tagged , ,

Via the EPI, unsurprisingly: Also, keep this in mind:

Posted in Corporatism, Health, Health Care | 2 Comments »

As You Shop for Christmas…

December 14, 2010 by and tagged ,

Let’s just remember who makes all the stuff you are going to buy, or people who make the buildings in which people make the stuff you buy. And let’s remember that a cheap price does not come by magic: a price is made cheap and kept cheap by making and maintaining labor cheap, mostly through […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Sociology for Dummies

December 13, 2010 by and tagged


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Misogyny 101 – Bitchy Old Hags

December 11, 2010 by and tagged , , ,

I am sure you have seen these commercials: And this one: Obviously, the use of cranky old – and very famous – ladies is supposed to be funny. In terms of gender, the idea is that a hungry man turns into a bitchy old hag. Because, of course, there is no masculine way of being […]

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Social Stratification: The Shirt

December 10, 2010 by and tagged ,

Via Good, the social ladder, on a shirt, note the different colors and textures as you move up or down the shirt:

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Dimensions of Stratification – Social Class Bites

December 10, 2010 by and tagged , , ,

Interesting article in that it shows how social class membership is embedded in everything about us: “When you hear the words “class struggle”, do you reach for your toothbrush? You should. According to a report on adult dental health released this week by the NHS, one adult in 10 in Wales has none of their own […]

Posted in Health, Health Care, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | 1 Comment »

Music Break – KT Tunstall

December 9, 2010 by and tagged

Push That Knot Away, from her latest album, Tiger Suit, and a cool video to go along with it:

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The Crisis of Legitimation is a Public-Private Partnership

December 9, 2010 by and tagged ,

I believe the main revelations of the Wikileaks cables are not the diplomatic gossip but rather the exposure of state complicity in corporate  – if not crimes – questionable practices. This is truly what we must not be allowed to know and see, especially in the context of unrest in major European countries as the […]

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The Visual Du Jour – More Institutional Discrimination

December 9, 2010 by and tagged

This time, it’s upward mobility (or lack thereof): As the article notes: “America is often called the land of opportunity, and that class mobility has long been a popular tenet of American culture. But the reality is that many children who grow up poor remain poor as adults. In addition, mobility is not always upward, […]

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Internet and Democracy

December 8, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , ,

If you understand French, you must listen to the entirety of this discussion on the social dimensions of Internet use, networking, corporate concentration, information control, generational attitudes (moral panic at every new technological breakthrough! and the digital natives are good at pushing button but suck at coding and creating content) with Dominique Cardon and Anne-Marie […]

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Now, This, People, is Chutzpah!

December 7, 2010 by and tagged

Via Mihaela Biohlan, you can’t make this up: U.S. to Host World Press Freedom Day in 2011 via kwout

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