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C. Wright Mills – Prescient Sociologist?

September 25, 2012 by and tagged ,

.So, I am currently reading Stanley Aronowitz‘s Taking It Big – C. Wright Mills and The Making of Political Intellectuals, which, so far, reads like an intellectual biography of Mills, in the context of the post-War New York intellectual / radical scene. In the context of the strike of the Chicago teachers and the whole [...]

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Book Review – Ship Breaker

September 24, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

I read Paolo Bacigalupi‘s Ship Breaker as part of my never-ending quest to find good science-fiction books for my sociology classes. I have to go with young adult materials as my students’ reading skills vary widely (from absolutely college-ready to students who are not regular readers and might need some developmental reading). Right now, I [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | 5 Comments »

Music Break – The Killers

September 24, 2012 by and tagged

Runaways, from their latest album, Battle Born:

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The Visual Du Jour – Honey Boo Boo Syndrome?

September 22, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

[I will cop to a shamefully link-baiting title, but it is this category of people that is under discussion and affected by this trend, no? FSM knows much is made of their unhealthy lifestyle for our entertainment and our feeling of smug superiority.] So, this trend seems to disturb the New York Times, after all, it [...]

Posted in Population, Social Inequalities, Social Stratification, Sociology | No Comments »

Book Review – Who You Claim

September 22, 2012 by and tagged , , , , , ,

Robert Garot‘s Who You Claim – Performing Gang Identity in School and On The Streets is a great and highly readable account of the life of high school students living in a gang-dominated area (mostly, Bloods and Crips). The book is based on a study the author conducted while volunteering to tutor students at risk [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – Affirmative Action

September 21, 2012 by and tagged , , ,

Via the New York Examiner (also here), when people tell you that we have to keep an oil-based economy because there are no alternatives, show them this: As the article notes, “The production tax credit (PTC) for wind energy is set to expire at the end of the year, and Congress doesn’t look likely to extend it anytime soon. [...]

Posted in Economy, Environment, Public Policy, Sustainability | No Comments »

From A Position of Privilege…

September 20, 2012 by and tagged , ,

So, Amitai Etzioni, or someone from his Institute of Communautarian Policy Studies, sent me a link to this short video of the man himself. Go ahead, watch it. It’s about 8 minutes long: First of all, I wish more sociologists from different countries did this kind of things: short videos on topics relevant to their [...]

Posted in Commodification, Consumerism, Culture, Ideologies, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Fluid “Traditional” Families

September 18, 2012 by and tagged

It always amuses me when I hear people or pundits discuss “the traditional family” as if there were such a thing. Look guys, there is no such thing as “the traditional family’ historically or anthropologically. Family structures have always been fluid arrangements that reflected social, economic, political and cultural structures under the umbrella of power [...]

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A.L.F. – The Movie

September 17, 2012 by and tagged ,

For some miraculous reason, the town where I live has an independent film festival where VeganProf and I got to see A.L.F. tonight. It’s a French film that will be out in France in November and later, hopefully, in the US. As the title indicates, it is about the Animal Liberation Front. It is not [...]

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“What’s My Driver’s Name?”

September 15, 2012 by and tagged ,

The title for this post is one of the most hilarious things stated by Jackie Siegel in The Queen of Versailles, the documentary that reveals the oh-so-very privileged life and somewhat downfall of time-share tycoon David Siegel and his family. The first part of the documentary reveals their immense wealth in all its conspicuous consumption [...]

Posted in Movies, Social Privilege | 4 Comments »

When More is Less?

September 14, 2012 by and tagged ,

Now this is an interesting short article to show students how data can hide or reveal different realities based on how they are socially constructed: “Which two countries are the kidnapping capitals of the world? Australia and Canada. Official figures from the United Nations show that there were 17 kidnaps per 100,000 people in Australia [...]

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The Social Uses of Technology

September 14, 2012 by

(H/T Marc Bahnisch, of the defunct Larvatus Prodeo) File this as “sociology of everything”, this is an interesting tidbit by Alexis Madrigal on the way social factors shape the use (or rejection) of technology: “The legendary designer Bill Moggridge died this weekend and is being properly memorialized around the web. Among the many things Moggridge is [...]

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Beyond Bystander Apathy

September 13, 2012 by and tagged

Bystander gold-digging? When opportunity knocks… “Swedish police have released video footage showing a man leaving an unconscious man to die on the underground train track after mugging him at a station in southern Stockholm. The security video from a Stockholm train station shows a 38-year-old drunk man falling on to train tracks last week. A [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – The Growth of Walmart

September 13, 2012 by and tagged

Via The Sociological Imagination, a very nice animation: Rapid Growth of Walmart from Nathan Yau on Vimeo.

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The Visual du Jour – 1 out of 6

September 12, 2012 by and tagged

Living in poverty in the US (- 0.1% since 2010… can you feel the recovery? The poverty threshold is now at roughly $22,000 for a family of four), according to the Census Bureau (via Le Monde, interestingly enough): By age: Demographic makeup relative to income to poverty ratio: Not surprisingly,

Posted in Poverty, Sociology | 1 Comment »

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