A living archive of sociological issues; Issues that tickle the sociological imagination: society on the move . An attempt to bring the spinning world in the classroom and/or my students out in the world
The change from a print-based to an image-based society has transformed our nation. All the traditional tools of democracies—including dispassionate scientific and historical truth, facts, news and rational debate—are useless instruments in a world that lacks the capacity to use them. - 2016/08/31
She became a global hate figure this year when she was outed as a ‘race faker’. Here, she talks about her puritanical Christian upbringing, the backlash that left her surviving on food stamps – and why she would still do the same again
The Awá-Guajá people are a threatened indigenous group living in the eastern Amazon forests of Brazil. According to the Daily Mail, most Awa families adopt several wild animals as pets and remarkably, the women breastfeed them until they are fully grown. Animals that have been breastfed are not eaten by the Awa.
What is the most dangerous drug in the world? This sounds like a relatively simple question: Surely it’s the one most likely to kill you, right? As it turns out, it depends on a multitude of things, from the individual risk to the owner to the wider risk to society – and perception plays a large part.
Last week I covered excerpts from "Discipline and Punish" by Michel Foucault with my students in Contemporary Sociological Theory. We spent most of the class reviewing the concepts in small groups with the help of this worksheet. We focused in particular on how institutions like monasteries, boarding schools and prisons train people to become highly disciplined…
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