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I teach sociology and global studies at a large Midwestern community college. I am a French expat.

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New Blog – The Cranky Sociologists

May 22, 2013 by and tagged

And while I was busy setting up a new blog with Todd Krohn and Dave Mayeda – The Cranky Sociologists – I forgot to put a post here sending you all there if you feel so inclined. There is some really good stuff.

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Music Break – Friendly Fires

March 16, 2013 by

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The Visual Du Jour – A Mystery

March 7, 2013 by and tagged ,

What? What could possibly explain this trend?

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The Visual Du Jour – The World: Urban and Crowded

March 5, 2013 by and tagged ,

At least, based on this graphic: With the exception of the city-states (Monaco, Hong Kong), it is rather clear that population density in the selected countries can be extreme in urban areas. One needs then to ask the reasons for such rapid and massive urbanization (which leads to Mike Davis’s Planet of Slums) as well […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Mexican Drug Cartels

March 4, 2013 by and tagged ,

There is much to explore with this infographic but you can clearly see the different flows. I am not a fan of bubble maps but this one still reveals the extent of the killing, especially in certain states. Click below for full view and effect.

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The Walking Dead… Where Black is The New Red Shirt

March 4, 2013 by and tagged

Because it seems to me that the series is on a “black dude of the week” theme. So, first, of course, there was Morgan (and his son) who rescued Rick, freshly awaken from his coma and still in his hospital gown, if I remember correctly. Morgan and Duane had been surviving together, holed up in […]

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The Visual Du Jour – More Leeches!

February 27, 2013 by and tagged

Surely, at some point, this austerity thing… somewhere… in the future… for sure, it’s going to work: Making a large number of people poorer is guaranteed to boost demand. More leeches! Like Atrios keeps repeating, we are governed by evil and stupid people.

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In Which Justices Do Not Understand Institutional Discrimination

February 27, 2013 by and tagged

So, this Alabama county does not think it needs to still implement provisions of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 and the case is now before the US Supreme Court: “Shelby County says it is no longer necessary to require places with a history of racial discrimination to get approval to modify election laws. The requirement is […]

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The Visual Du Jour – Where The Catholics Are

February 22, 2013 by and tagged

Not exactly where they were a century ago: The European decline is striking. It is based on these data that calls for a non-Italian, non-European Pope are based. There were about 1.1 billion Catholics in 2010 (16% or the world population then) as opposed to 300 million in 1910 (17% of the world population then).

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Sociology As The Science of Slow Violence

February 17, 2013 by and tagged ,

Via Global Dialogue (a newsletter from the International Sociological Association), South African sociologist Jackie Cock explains how the task of sociology is to expose what she calls slow violence: “The social structures and processes which shape our experience are often hidden or obscured by conventional beliefs, powerful interests, and official explanations. One of the most […]

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Cultural Hegemony and Nostalgia

February 16, 2013 by and tagged ,

Matt Bruenig offers an interesting analysis of reality show Dance Moms and cultural hegemony: “In simple terms, cultural hegemony refers to the way in which the powerful shape a society’s norms, values, and other institutions, and how that particular shaping becomes accepted as default, natural, perpetual, and inevitable. That is, people tend to regard the way we […]

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How Americans Die

February 14, 2013 by and tagged

Via The Economist, good news! Most likely, that asteroid won’t kill you. Bad news: you’re more likely to die from a whole bunch of other causes: No big surprise to see heart disease way at the top of the causes of death.

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The Visual Du Jour – Rape

February 14, 2013 by and tagged ,

Via Information is Beautiful (click on the image for a ginormous view):

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Dumbing Down The SOTU

February 12, 2013 by and tagged ,

Apparently: State of The Union Speeches Reading Levels from SocProf on Vimeo. The interactive graphic from the Guardian is here. The Flesch-Kincaid reading level measurement is here. The real question is why this is happening, especially considering the fact that Americans are more educated now than they were in the days of Washington or Madison. […]

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Where The US Top 5% Live

February 12, 2013 by and tagged ,

A nice interactive graphic: A lot of coastal pockets.

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