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Archive for December, 2011

The Visual Du Jour – Globalization = Uniformization

December 17, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

Compare and contrast This (Egypt): To this (New York City): And then, go re-read Cynthia Enloe on militarism as hyper-masculinity.

Posted in Gender, Militarism, Patriarchy, Sexism | 3 Comments »

Degradation Ceremony 101 – Shaving Punks Edition

December 14, 2011 by and tagged , ,

(Via) “Indonesian sharia police are “morally rehabilitating” more than 60 young punk rock fans in Aceh province on Sumatra island, saying the youths are tarnishing the province’s image. Since being arrested at a punk rock concert in the provincial capital Banda Aceh on Saturday night, 59 male and five female punk rock fans have been [...]

Posted in Social Deviance, Social Stigma, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Happy Freakin’ Blogiversary To The GSB

December 13, 2011 by and tagged

Four years of sociological blogging and almost 2,500 posts! And yes, these are the Doctors, 9, 10 and 11.

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The Visuals Du Jour – Stratification Across The OECD

December 13, 2011 by and tagged ,

And that is bad news. Across the OECD: As the report notes, The Gini coefficient ranges from 0 (when all people have identical incomes) to 1 (when the richest person has all the income). Market incomes are labor earnings, capital incomes and savings. Disposable income is market income plus social transfers less income taxes. Incomes [...]

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Doug McAdam on The Future of The Occupy Movement

December 13, 2011 by and tagged

Here: “That said, significant social change has never been achieved in this country through conventional politics alone. From the outset, the American system was designed to insulate the federal government from radical change. The founding fathers were revolutionaries of an ambivalent and conflicted sort. They prized stability over all else, including any pretense to an egalitarian democracy. [...]

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Book Review – Pricing Beauty

December 12, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , ,

If you are looking for good primary sources to introduce undergraduate students to real sociology, then Ashley Mears‘s Pricing Beauty is the perfect choice. At its core, the book is a participant observation study where the sociologist becomes a fashion model for a period of time and uses the opportunity to also conduct series of [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Culture, Gender, Labor, Precarization, Sexism, Social Interaction, Social Norms, Social Structure, Sociology, Teaching Sociology | Comments Off

Back to The Basics With Erik Olin Wright

December 11, 2011 by and tagged ,

Because even though the Fall term will soon be over, but not quite yet, I am already thinking ahead of how I am going to start the next term. Somehow, I am never fully satisfied with my first session of introduction to sociology, and of the way I explain the basics to grab my students’ [...]

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Book Review – Games of Empire

December 10, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Nick Dyer-Witheford and Greig de Peuter‘s Games of Empire – Global Capitalism and Video Games is a very interesting and well-written book that uses the conceptual apparatus laid out by Michael Hardt and Antonio Negri (with a touch of Deleuze and Guattari thrown in for good measure) in Empire and Multitude and apply them to the [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Corporatism, Culture, Globalization, Ideologies, Mass Violence, Media, Militarism, Neo-Colonialism, Networks, Precarization, Racism, Sexism, Social Inequalities, Social Movements, Social Privilege, Social Theory, Surveillance Society, Technology | 2 Comments »

Damn Lazy Greeks v. Hard-Working Germans… Oh Wait…

December 9, 2011 by and tagged

Apparently not, although I suspect the narrative of lazy and careless Mediterranean Europe versus German puritanism will persist:

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What I Learned Watching The Walking Dead

December 9, 2011 by and tagged , , , ,

Seriously, people, I really wanted to like this series. I like horror stuff, I like zombies and end of the world kinda themes. It’s like this series was made for me… except it is a gigantic pile of sexism and misogyny so far. I have watched all the episodes so far and let me share [...]

Posted in Gender, Media, My Life As A Feminist, Patriarchy, Sexism | 6 Comments »

Music Break – The Pixies

December 5, 2011 by and tagged

Who knew a song about atomic explosion could be so funky: Here Comes Your Man, of course

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Paging Donna Haraway

December 4, 2011 by and tagged ,

Cuz the Cyborgs are a’comin’: ““Late twentieth-century machines have made thoroughly ambiguous the difference between natural and art)ficial, mind and body, self-developing and externally designed, and many other distinctions that used to apply to organisms and machines. Our machines are disturbingly lively, and we ourselves frighteningly inert.” Except that the cyborgs above get into action [...]

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