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
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…
The US’s middle classes are drenched in debt and demand is slowing. So how do banks build profits? By bending the rules. Two of the top credit analytics companies are exploring new ways of assessing consumers’ ability to handle loans, turning away
by Jan Breman, University of Amsterdam, Netherlands In the early twentieth century, the founding father of the social sciences in the Netherlands drew a line between sociology and anthropology. While anthropology would study the “less advanced” peoples, sociology would focus […]
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.
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