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Posts tagged with Migration

The Visual Du Jour – Foreign-Borns: Then and Now

February 10, 2013 by and tagged , ,

Check out this great infographic from The Census Bureau on migration: [Source: U.S. Census Bureau] There is a lot that is interesting here. First of all, the percentage of US population that is foreign-born is lower now than it was in the 19th century so, even though the foreign-born population is larger in numbers, because [...]

Posted in Dataviz, Migration, Population | 4 Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Moving

June 20, 2012 by and tagged

Here is another video demonstrating a great interactive visualization of global migration flows. I found it on Good, but the original is here and the actual visualization is here. As always, it’s better to watch it in full screen. The Visual Du Jour – Moving from SocProf on Vimeo. Youtube version here.

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Suicide as Social Action – Putting Durkheim and Merton to Work

April 8, 2012 by and tagged , , , ,

Let me bring my handy graph again (and a quick shout out to Simple Diagrams, a software I could not blog and teach without). It was one of the very first insights I learned in my very first sociology course, reading my first sociology book, Durkheim’s Suicide: suicide is not an individual act but a [...]

Posted in Anomie, Collective Behavior, Migration, Social Theory, Sociology | 1 Comment »

Fear of A Brown / Asian Planet

November 17, 2011 by and tagged , ,

I am somewhat convinced that parts of the fear of globalization in certain circles have to do with the fear of the loss of white people privilege and dominance worldwide. For instance: “For the first time, non-white people make up the majority of Brazil’s population, according to preliminary results of the 2010 census. Out of [...]

Posted in Globalization, Migration, Population | 1 Comment »

La Fuite En Avant (A Post in English and French)

October 13, 2011 by and tagged ,

So it’s all a big mess and people still have to survive and therefore have to find solutions to their present and individual, but socially-produced predicaments. Depending on their characteristics and circumstances, they may tap into repertoires of survival (something akin to repertoires of contention but directed at finding survival solutions). For instance, packing it up [...]

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The Precariat as Denizens 2.0

September 11, 2011 by and tagged , , , , ,

This is another installment in a series of posts (here, here, here and here) I intend to write as I work my way through Guy Standing‘s The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class. In this section, the main topic is about another major component of the precariat: migrants. Migrants are both a cause of the growth of the precariat [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Globalization, Labor, Migration, Precarization, Sociology | No Comments »

The Visual Du Jour – Hey! Where’d Everybody Go?

September 8, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via Urban Demographics: According to the post, there are seven drivers to population growth: Higher incomes January temperature Proximity to ports Higher density level (not too high) Education level Low manufacturing employment Limits to housing supply See here also: “1. Population growth was much higher in counties with higher incomes as of 2000. Americans unsurprisingly [...]

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Mafia Wars

August 11, 2011 by and tagged , , ,

Another great episode of Al-Jazeera’s People and Power on human trafficking from Nigeria into Italy and the subsequent Mafia wars between Italian mafia and Nigerian criminal organizations: As this Guardian article notes, it is a familiar story: “Illegal immigrants first came to Castel Volturno from Nigeria in the 1980s to work on the tomato farms [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – Global Migration

July 18, 2011 by and tagged , ,

This is an incredibly awesome interactive tool on emigration / immigration (where people come from and where they go) om a global scale (via Urban Demographics): Seriously, go play with it. You’ll thank me.

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You Won’t Have The Mexicans to Kick Around Anymore

July 9, 2011 by and tagged , ,

Because, well… As the article notes: “The extraordinary Mexican migration that delivered millions of illegal immigrants to the United States over the past 30 years has sputtered to a trickle, and research points to a surprising cause: unheralded changes in Mexico that have made staying home more attractive. A growing body of evidence suggests that [...]

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The Visual Du Jour – Refugees

June 20, 2011 by and tagged ,

Via the Guardian, do go check out this interactive map. Where refugees come from: Where they go: It is often assumed that refugees come from the periphery and migrate to the core. In reality, of the roughly 43 million refugees, 27 million are internally displaced persons (a rising number). And the number one place for [...]

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Book Review – Traȋtres A La Nation

April 16, 2011 by and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

Stephane Béaud’s Traîtres À La Nation – Un Autre Regard Sur La Grève Des Bleus en Afrique du Sud (en collaboration avec Philippe Guimard) is perfect and great example of public sociology. It very nicely and powerfully shows what sociological analysis can do, especially with respect to a very high-profile event, such as the “strike” by [...]

Posted in Book Reviews, Collective Behavior, Commodification, Globalization, Identity, Institutional Racism, Media, Migration, Nationalism, Organizational Sociology, Racism, Social Institutions, Social Interaction, Social Sanctions, Social Stigma, Social Structure, Socialization, Sociology, Sports, Teaching Sociology | No Comments »

“Doing” Globalization – Football Transfer Networks

November 21, 2010 by and tagged , , , , , , , ,

Tony Karon on football and globalization and how the European championship leagues “belong” to Africa in the sense that African audiences follow them assiduously, spot the jerseys of their favorite teams, etc.: At the same time, Raffaele Poli, in “Understanding globalization through football: The new international division of labour, migratory channels and transnational trade circuits”, [...]

Posted in Embeddedness, Global Governance, Globalization, Labor, Migration, Networks, Social Capital, Sociological Articles, Sociology, Sports | No Comments »

Sunday Sociology Song – Clandestino

October 3, 2010 by and tagged ,

By Manu Chao, a short song on the condition of the undocumented immigrant: Lyrics: Solo voy con mi pena Sola va mi condena Correr es mi destino Para burlar la ley Perdido en el corazón De la grande Babylon Me dicen el clandestino Por no llevar papel Pa’ una ciudad del norte Yo me fui [...]

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Ignoring Sociological Research Makes for Bad and Ineffective Policy

July 20, 2010 by and tagged , ,

Here is another example that makes my blood boil: when newspapers suddenly discover something that sociological has long established. Here are a few notes I jotted down during an ASA plenary session in 2008: “Bottom line: the current immigration situation is absurd: the backlog at the INS, the stupid wall, the militarization of the border, [...]

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