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Archive for November, 2011

The Visual Du Jour – Gooey and Stinky and We Can’t live Without it

November 29, 2011 by and tagged ,

This is a pretty good representation of oil production since the 60s (I forgot who I got it from, so, can’t H/T), click “play” and watch the fun: 1980: 2000, watch the declining areas: 2010:

Posted in Environment, Sustainability | 2 Comments »

Book Review – Cop in the Hood

November 28, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

If you enjoyed the first season of the Wire, you will enjoy Peter Moskos‘s Cop in the Hood. The book is the tale of a sociologist going native by going through the Baltimore police academy, becoming a cop and working for over a year. This mix of ethnography and participant observation makes the book highly [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Labor, Poverty, Social Deviance, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Interaction, Social Research, Social Stigma, Social Stratification, Social Structure, Sociology, Structural Violence, Teaching Sociology, Trafficking | 6 Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Going Global on Twitter

November 26, 2011 by and tagged , ,

So, here is a map of my Twitter followers… can y’all say “global”? Obviously, I need to work on my Siberian following. In chart form: Levity aside, I should note that if one is interested in global events and perspectives, Twitter is the best social networking platform for that.

Posted in Media, Networks, Technology | No Comments »

My Life As A Feminist – Super 8

November 26, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

So I watched Super 8 in between grading. The movie is directed by J.J. Abrams, but Steven Spielberg has his hands all over it, especially with all the kids stuff. Not to spoil anything but Super 8 = E.T. + Stand By Me 2.0. It is a mix of scifi, disaster / scary monster /coming [...]

Posted in Gender, Movies, My Life As A Feminist, Patriarchy, Sexism | 5 Comments »

Alain Accardo on Les Indignés

November 26, 2011 by and tagged , ,

French sociologist Alain Accardo has penned an interesting essay on the social movement that has spread all over Europe, starting in Spain with Los Indignados, Les Indignés en France, or the whole Occupy movement in the US and elsewhere. For him, analysis of the movement has either focused on the emotional aspects (hence the reference [...]

Posted in Collective Behavior, Politics, Social Movements | 3 Comments »

How To Create a S@#$ For Brains Populace

November 25, 2011 by and tagged

This one goes out to my friend and colleague JY who despaired yesterday of her s@#$ for brains students. I think a big chunk of the reason is things like these: Talk about self-fulfilling prophecy: Americans are assumed to not be interested in international and global affairs (beyond dropping freedom bombs via freedom drones on [...]

Posted in Media | 1 Comment »

It’s Goldman Sachs’s Eurozone – We Just Live in It

November 18, 2011 by and tagged

This awesome visual from the Independent:

Posted in Corporatism | 1 Comment »

Fear of A Brown / Asian Planet

November 17, 2011 by and tagged , ,

I am somewhat convinced that parts of the fear of globalization in certain circles have to do with the fear of the loss of white people privilege and dominance worldwide. For instance: “For the first time, non-white people make up the majority of Brazil’s population, according to preliminary results of the 2010 census. Out of [...]

Posted in Globalization, Migration, Population | 1 Comment »

The (Other) Visual Du Jour – Don’t Get Too Hard on Them!

November 16, 2011 by and tagged

Actually, not really and less and less (via here and here): I guess it’s more fun going after Wikileaks and Anonymous. Marcy Wheeler explains: “The government as a whole has prosecuted 57.7% fewer financial fraud crimes than they did 10 years ago, when 9/11 changed everything. The report on our government’s growing disinterest in prosecuting [...]

Posted in Social Deviance | 1 Comment »

The Visual Du Jour – The 1%

November 16, 2011 by and tagged , ,

This awesome animation from The Guardian is an absolute must-see: A very clear explanation of inequalities.

Posted in Poverty, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification | No Comments »

The Transnational Capitalist Class: Now Ruling a Country Near You… Or It Will Soon

November 15, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

And Goldman Sachs is its favorite organization from which to extend its power. Case in point: three former GS men now rule the European Central Bank, Italy and Greece: “Qu’ont en commun Mario Draghi, Mario Monti et Lucas Papadémos ? Le nouveau président de la Banque centrale européenne, le président désigné du conseil italien et [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Transnational Capitalist Class, Transnational State | 2 Comments »

Protecting Privileged People’s Sensitivity

November 15, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Which is why, as demonstrated by this Cracked article (Cracked tend to be a mixed bag but this one hits the nail on the head) regarding five persistent prejudice in movies that contribute to, you guessed it, the reproduction of racism and patriarchy: 5. They Still Can’t Show a Black Man Dating a White Woman [...]

Posted in Gender, Media, Movies, Patriarchy, Racism, Sexism, Social Privilege | 2 Comments »

Nostalgic Past or Dystopian Future: Both Imaginary, Both Toxic

November 14, 2011 by and tagged , ,

This poster from the French National Front (a fascist political party) is a perfect illustration of using visual elements to convey political messages based on racism, nostalgia for a reconstructed past, as well as a dystopian future (if people vote the wrong way!). Of course, both images are themselves, well, imaginary: this is a past [...]

Posted in Ideologies, Politics, Racism | No Comments »

Why “Either / Or”? … It’s Both

November 14, 2011 by and tagged

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Global Governance and Criminal Plutocracy

November 10, 2011 by and tagged , ,

If you are going to read one author / journalist on the issue of global criminality, it should be Misha Glenny. His two latest books are strong indictments of the global governance system and its lack of teeth when it comes to global criminal organizations as well as national oligarchies’s role in destabilizing economies and [...]

Posted in Global Governance, Globalization, Organized Crime | 1 Comment »

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