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Archive for July, 2012

Girls Can’t Be As Good As Boys!

July 31, 2012 by and tagged ,

So, first, we had the whole Caster Semenya saga: a female athlete who is really good… so good indeed that it is suspicious. Is she really a woman? Let’s test. Ok, she is. But she is not feminine enough, so, let’s pump of her full of hormone to increase her femininity and lower her performance [...]

Posted in Gender, Sports | 3 Comments »

As I was Saying…

July 29, 2012 by and tagged

in my post yesterday… patriarchal violence: “A man who had recently separated from his wife shot his two children, killing his seven-year-old daughter, before turning the gun on himself, prosecutors said.” This is the cultural equivalent of acid-throwers in Pakistan: loss of patriarchal control triggering extreme violence.

Posted in Patriarchy | 1 Comment »

The Visual Du Jour – Size Matters

July 29, 2012 by and tagged

So, we are all used to seeing and using this world map: The reality, of course, is quite different (via @ileducprof on Twitter, click on the image for ginormous view). I wonder why: Can anyone come up with a good reason for such a distortion of Africa? I can think of a few words that [...]

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David Brooks is an Idiot

July 28, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

And so, the overpaid pompous pseudo-sociologist tells us all that the perpetrators of mass killings are driven by psychological factors: mental illness, bruised pride or loss of job. Nothing sociological. Psychology explains it all (insert obligatory disclaimer that we can never really know for sure!). So, here we go again. Just like Jack Douglas described [...]

Posted in Gender, Mass Violence, Patriarchy, Sociology | 2 Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Get Headbangin’

July 24, 2012 by and tagged

At least  in Scandinavia and Northern Europe (via Urban Demographics and originally from here): No big surprise here. There are no reasons to have heavy metal in African or Asia. It’s just not cultural place for this genre. And yes, Scandinavia and Iceland are well known bastions of heavy metal bands. But Greece and Portugal? [...]

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Music Break – Shootyz Groove

July 21, 2012 by

I miss Shootyz Groove. This album was running non-stop in my car when I drove hundreds of miles a week between UofC Stamford in CT and Western New England College in Springfield, MA (the blessed life of the adjunct). Too bad the band broke up after it:

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Stuck in the Precariat

July 16, 2012 by and tagged , , , , ,

George Monbiot in the Guardian: “To be young in the post-industrial nations today is to be excluded. Excluded from the comforts enjoyed by preceding generations; excluded from jobs; excluded from hopes of a better world; excluded from self-ownership. Those with degrees are owned by the banks before they leave college. Housing benefit is being choked [...]

Posted in Corporatism, Precarization, Public Policy, Social Exclusion, social marginality, Structural Violence | 1 Comment »

The Visual Du Jour – World Drugs Report 2012

July 16, 2012 by and tagged , ,

Anyone teaching deviance, criminology and other related fields should be interested in that one: the 2012 World Drug Report, published by the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime. It comes with a lot of data and great visualizations. WORLD DRUG REPORT 2012 from SocProf on Vimeo. The report also contains some great static maps [...]

Posted in Organized Crime, Social Deviance, Trafficking | No Comments »

The Sociologist (Ex-)President

July 15, 2012 by

Well, there is one we can claim: Brazil’s former President, Fernando Henrique Cardoso, one of the central thinkers of dependency theory (although not a massive radical). He is getting an award, so, he got to be interviewed by the Washington Post. First an understandable mistake “At the time, probably I was confusing sociology with socialism.” [...]

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Book Review – Rebel Cities

July 15, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , ,

I have already posted quite a bit about David Harvey‘s Rebel Cities: From The Right to the City to the Urban Revolution: the fetishism of the local and the horizontal monopoly rent and local capitalism the cities in the context of the anti-capitalist struggle And more broadly on global cities. It is somewhat of a given [...]

Posted in Activism, Book Reviews, Commodification, Corporatism, Economy, Global Cities, Globalization, Labor, Power, Public Policy, Social Change, Social Movements, Sociology, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Pew Global Attitudes Project

July 14, 2012 by

Another interactive visual: the Pew Global Attitudes Project. [I apologize for the background noise. I'll have to fix that in the upcoming videos.] PGA from SocProf on Vimeo.

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David Harvey on Cities in the Anti-Capitalist Struggle

July 14, 2012 by

In chapter 5 of Rebel Cities, Harvey focuses on the role of the cities in the anti-capitalist struggle. This is not new: “If urbanization is so crucial in the history of capital accumulation, and if the forces of capital and its innumerable allies must relentlessly mobilize to periodically revolutionize urban life, then class struggles of some [...]

Posted in Social Movements, Sociology, Urban Ecology | No Comments »

Music Break – Passion Pit

July 13, 2012 by and tagged

First single – Take a Walk – from the new album, Gossamer:

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The Visual Du Jour – “What?! I’m Not Doing Anything!”

July 13, 2012 by and tagged , ,

So, the National Geographic regularly publishes the Greendex (Green Index) with 19 countries, ranking them in terms of low Greendex (the “bad” countries) or high Greendex (the “good” countries): “This is the fourth year National Geographic has partnered with GlobeScan to develop an international research approach to measure and monitor consumer progress toward environmentally sustainable [...]

Posted in Consumerism, Environment, Population, Sustainability | No Comments »

Manuel Castells Puts on a Tuxedo…

July 11, 2012 by

Gets an award (worth $800,000!!) and gives a speech on power (and counter-power) in networks:

Posted in Power, Sociology | 1 Comment »

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