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Terms related to Sociology achieved status: A position that a person attains voluntarily — often through effort and personal ability. ascribed status: A position that a person did not choose to adopt but which, once acquired, has social implications. consensus doctrine: The focus of the consensus doctrine is the shared values, beliefs and experiences that […]

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On the Guns Thing, I would Just Like to Point Out…

See the differences? See the statistically significant correlation between homicide by firearms and ownership of firearms? See the massive difference between the United States and other developed countries? Now, since yesterday, we have heard a whole bunch of rationalizations as to why this has nothing to do with guns. So, let me unpack some of […]

Richard Sennett on The Meritocratic Lie

Richard Sennett had an interesting column in Le Monde yesterday regarding the impact of stratification and absence of meritocracy in organizations. For Sennett, the main challenge of our societies is to create the conditions under which individuals with different political, religious and cultural backgrounds can cooperate. New information and communication technologies can maybe facilitate this, but […]