Archive for January, 2012

Illegal Abortion Leads to More Abortions

January 21, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

See? (Not that anyone who is interested in reality and data would be surprised by this): The policy implications should be obvious to anyone, including people who do not like abortions. But we all know this is not about abortion per se, it is about patriarchal control and denial of women autonomy. Therefore, women in […]

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The Visual Du Jour – The Whole World is Socialist

January 18, 2012 by and tagged ,

Look at all this sharing… for free! (H/T Jim King on Google +)

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Music Break – Indochine

January 18, 2012 by and tagged

While I am busy with academic writing (under deadline!), enjoy this great song – Little Dolls – and video from the latest Indochine album, La République des Météors:

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Peripheral Subsidies and Core Fairy Tales

January 12, 2012 by and tagged

This has already made the rounds: “Dozens of workers assembling Xbox video game consoles climbed to a factory dormitory roof, and some threatened to jump to their deaths, in a dispute over jobs that was defused but highlights growing labour unrest as China‘s economy slows. The dispute boiled over last week after contract manufacturer Foxconn Technology Group said […]

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Who Could Possibly Have a Problem with “Booth Babes”?

January 12, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Oh, let me see… WOMEN! Women who work in this field and visit CES: “Some women at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas have expressed their frustration at the scantily-clad “booth babes” hired by some companies to promote their stalls.” Video at the link for the full misogyny of it. The assumption is […]

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Hedging Albinos

January 12, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Because that is what it is, right? A form of hedging. Again, I have blogged multiple times about the murders of albinos in Tanzania. Here is a more recent example of this, with some connection made to the gold mining business from the excellent Aljazeera: As noted in the film, “Over the last five years […]

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Music Break – Julien Clerc

January 10, 2012 by and tagged

This song is, in my not so humble opinion, the best from the all-around excellent new album from Julien Clerc:

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Institutional Obsolescence

January 10, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

One of the things that we dutifully teach sociology undergraduate students is the functionalist idea that social institutions fulfill functions for society as a whole but this is (1) profoundly annoying, and (2) wrong. This gives a sense of monolithic arrangement that is “just the way it is”. In reality, institutional arrangements are structured as […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Patriarchal Control

January 10, 2012 by and tagged , , , , ,

Right here in the USA, courtesy of the forced motherhood movement and its political allies in both parties and the President: This has been a thoroughly successful strategy: not attack Roe frontally but chip away at reproductive rights at the state level, one legislation at a time. For all intents and purposes, legal and safe […]

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Book Review – Les Métamorphoses de la Distinction

January 9, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

Philippe Coulangeon‘s Les Métamorphoses de la Distinction: Inégalités Culturelles dans la France D’Aujourd’hui provides an overview of the state of cultural capital and profits of distinction 30 years or so after, well, The Distinction, in the context of massification of higher education and public policies of cultural democratization and democratization of culture (and no, that’s […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Cultural Capital, Culture, Education, Public Policy, Social Inequalities, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology, Symbolic Violence | No Comments »

Neo-Colonialism 101 – Dance!

January 7, 2012 by and tagged , ,

From the Guardian (emphasis mine): “The Jarawa tribe have lived in peace in the Andaman Islands for thousands of years. Now tour companies run safaris through their jungle every day and wealthy tourists pay police to make the women – usually naked – dance for their amusement. This footage, filmed by a tourist, shows Jarawa women […]

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Global Sociology Blogroll Update – Japan Edition

January 6, 2012 by and tagged ,

I have consistently deplored the lack of Asian sociology on the GSBroll. Well, behold: Update your blogrolls, RSS feeds, and Twitter followings.

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Music Break – VCMG

January 5, 2012 by and tagged

Techno fan me can’t wait for the album:

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Social mobility, Social Inequalities and Precarization as Social Pollution

January 5, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Via this article from the New York Times… If there is one positive thing that has come out of the economic mess and social movements worldwide, it is a well-deserved focus on social inequalities and social mobility (or lack thereof): As the article notes: “Benjamin Franklin did it. Henry Ford did it. And American life […]

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Book Review – Les Rémunerations Obscènes

January 3, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Philippe Steiner‘s Les Rémunerations Obscènes is a pamphlet more than a book per se. With a 134 pages of text, it a short and clear read on the topic of the stratospheric compensations received by corporate CEOs and their lack of justification. However, the book is not just a rant against these compensations packages. Steiner […]

Posted in Book Reviews, Collective Behavior, Corporatism, Economic Sociology, Ideologies, Networks, Organizational Sociology, Public Policy, Social Capital, Social Inequalities, Social Institutions, Social Privilege, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

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