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Archive for September 22, 2011

Why I Keep Harping on Inequalities

September 22, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

Because it is THE issue facing many societies today, with negative effects across the board, and yet, it is largely ignored: “The incomes of the richest sections of society are soaring in the UK, China and India, and in most other countries as well. The poorest groups are seeing slow improvements at best, and often [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – It’s Lonely At… The Bottom??

September 22, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via. I know, I know, everybody hates the GINI coefficient… but everybody uses the GINI coefficient. No index is perfect and this one is still pretty decent, so, here goes: Obviously, the US ranks in the bottom half, along with countries such as Mexico, China, Madagascar and Mozambique. From the article: “The U.S., in purple [...]

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The Power of Status Imposition And Fundamentalist Religion

September 22, 2011 by and tagged ,

Early in my introduction class, I use a short film on the torture and murder of child designated as witches by Pentecostal priests in Nigeria. This is a perfect illustration of the way assigning statuses is a source of power as such statuses can involve stigmatization and marginalization. The latest issue of Al-Jazeera’s People and Power shows [...]

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