thinblackbeauty:

comedycentral:

Click here to watch Jon Stewart discuss Fox News’s coverage of Ferguson, Missouri.

I needed this.

thinblackbeauty:

comedycentral:

Click here to watch Jon Stewart discuss Fox News’s coverage of Ferguson, Missouri.

I needed this.

Neo-liberal Rhetoric on Parliament Hill

The Toronto Star published an article explaining basic sociology to Canada’s prime minister.

"You see, sociologists often differentiate between ‘personal injustices’ and ‘systemic’ or ‘structural injustices.’ Personal injustices can be traced back to concrete actions of particular individuals (perpetrators). These actions are often willful, and have a relatively isolated victim.

Structural injustices, on the other hand, are produced by a social structure or system. They are often hard to trace back to the actions of specific individuals, are usually not explicitly intended by anyone, and have collective, rather than isolated, victims. Structural injustices are a result of the unintended actions of many individuals participating in a social system together, usually without knowing what each other is doing. Whereas personal injustices are traced back to the harmful actions (or inactions) of individuals, structural injustices are identified by differential societal outcomes among groups. Sociologists call these ‘social inequalities.’”

Harper’s denial of the relevance of sociology, and the handcuffing of the government’s only institution that can make inquiries into the social health of the country, indicates we’ve elected a man who has no basic understanding of how social problems arise. Or maybe he does, he’s just being very sneaky. 

The intellectual was rejected and persecuted at the precise moment when the facts became incontrovertible, when it was forbidden to say that the emperor had no clothes. The intellectual spoke the truth to those who had yet to see it, in the name of those who were forbidden to speak the truth: he was conscience, consciousness, and eloquence.
Most mass murderers do not go from zero to 60. Rodger made escalating assaults on women (splashing coffee on them, attempting to shove them off a ledge) before his killing spree. Both Cho and Justin-Jinich’s murderer harassed women before they killed anyone. When such acts go unnoticed and unpunished — because we expect men to harass women, and it’s not outrageous or even noteworthy when they do — they can become stepping-stones to more conspicuous and less socially acceptable acts of violence.
Not all members of the world community are equal participants within global tourism. Side-by-side with global tourists and travelers within many of those ‘empty meeting places’ or ‘non-places’ of modernity such as the airport lounge, the coach station, the railway terminus, the motorway service stations, docks and so on are countless global exiles. Such exiles are fleeing from famine, war, torture, persecution and genocide, as economic and social inequalities and consequential displacements of population have magnified in recent years and have forced mobility upon many.
The West won the world not by the superiority of its ideas or values or religion but rather by its superiority in applying organized violence. Westerners often forget this fact, non-Westerners never do.

gitju:

Trying to get undergrads to participate in a discussion-heavy seminar

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undergradhist:

Professorial Coping Strategy #1: Grading Bingo

undergradhist:

Professorial Coping Strategy #1: Grading Bingo

Racism is not the problem of white supremacist fringe groups, but a general institutional arrangement created between whites and people of color; the social definition of exploitation is not found in the practices of individual GM executives or Microsoft’s Bill Gates, but in the productive relations found in capitalism entered into by workers and owners; patriarchy is not defined only in terms of men’s chauvinist attitudes but people’s very creation of gender roles and expectations that limit women’s choices and ownership of their sexual powers