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Book Review – Good Jobs, Bad Jobs

February 25, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , ,

Arne Kalleberg‘s Good Jobs, Bad Jobs: The Rise of Polarized and Precarious Employment Systems in the United States, 1970s to 2000s is a very clear and detailed examination of the evolution of the labor market in the United States over the past 40 years, deepening the precarization conceptual framework presented in his 2008 ASA presidential [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Globalization, Ideologies, Labor, Precarization, Public Policy, Risk Society, Social Change, Social Inequalities, Sociology | 1 Comment »

The Visual Du Jour – Urban Futures

February 20, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Via the Guardian, this beautiful and ginormous graphic projecting urban populations and megacities (click on image for full view): As the article notes: “Chengdu made the headlines in Britain late last year when it exported two pandas to Scotland, and it is developing a reputation as the centre of Sichuan’s prized cuisine. But few in the [...]

Posted in Global Cities, Globalization, Population, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

A Crisis AND A Trick

February 18, 2012 by and tagged , , , , ,

One of my Twitter followers pointed me to this documentary: It is quite nice, for a change, to listen to social scientists that are neither psychologists nor economists discuss the current crisis. And I would argue that only sociologists are properly equipped to discuss social movements as the one that have been taking emerging all [...]

Posted in Globalization, Media, Power, Social Change, Social Movements, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Bowling Alone v. Playing Words With Friends – Sociability 2.0

February 16, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , ,

The reason why social conservatives have declared a “culture war” is because their faulty understanding of society is that it rests on an imaginary conception of the family as the moral and economic pillar of society, based on patriarchal values and structure, a model that existed for a brief period of time and was the [...]

Posted in Culture, Social Change, Social Institutions, Social Interaction, Social Structure, Sociology, Technology | No Comments »

The Patriarchy Continuum – Elders

February 16, 2012 by and tagged , ,

And in Kashmir, girls are just things to stick their penises in (if they can) along with domestic servitude: “Sakina, 22, was a teenager when she was sold by her family for 1,200 rupees (£15) to a stranger over the age of 60. Her sister, who organised the deal, had duped Sakina by presenting a [...]

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Music Break – Gotan Project

February 14, 2012 by and tagged

A really nice tune with a very interesting video, La Gloria, from their latest album, Tango 3.0 : GOTAN PROJECT – La Gloria from Ya Basta records on Vimeo.

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Sociology Wins!

February 13, 2012 by and tagged

HA! This should warm our collective little sociologists’ hearts when some hotshot economist acknowledges that sociology it right (as opposed to, y’know…): “One more thought: The real winner in this controversy is the distinguished sociologist William Julius Wilson. Back in 1996, the same year Ms. Himmelfarb was lamenting our moral collapse, Mr. Wilson published “When [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – The Davos Class

February 13, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Via Resources Research, this great visual from the Transnational Institute, a perfect illustration of corporate power: The Davos Class is an expression coined by Susan George: “‘All for ourselves and nothing for other people” seems in every age of the world to have been the vile maxim of the masters of mankind,’i wrote Adam Smith [...]

Posted in Corporatism, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Transnational Capitalist Class | No Comments »

Re-Embedding The Greek Crisis

February 5, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , ,

I am always suspicious of broad generalizations about entire populations or generations. So, I am not entirely sure what to make of this argument by sociologist Sophia Mappa. Something to think about. It is in French, so here is the gist of it in English. The starting point of her argument is that Angela Merkel’s [...]

Posted in Culture, Economy, Embeddedness, Hollow States, Ideologies, Poverty, Power, Precarization, Public Policy, Sociology | 1 Comment »

We Need More Sociologists

February 4, 2012 by and tagged

I got this thanks to Bob Ertishek, founder of the shiny new Profology network, and it’s actually more of a defense of liberal arts education than sociology per se: “As the new year begins and humanities and social science undergraduates across Canada return to campus, they will face the usual robust combination of academic pressure, [...]

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World-System 2.0 – In Time

February 4, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Sorry about the lack of recent posts, guys. Between the beginning of the term and the massive amount of academic writing I have foolishly and irresponsibly agreed to do, I will be swamped until February 15th. That being said, while taking a break from The Writing, I watched this film, scifi fan that I am: [...]

Posted in Commodification, Corporatism, Economy, Globalization, Labor, Movies, Poverty, Precarization, Risk Society, Science-fiction, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Social Theory, Sociology | 2 Comments »