First Person Ethnography - The Editors' Desk There’s been a lot of talk among sociologists lately about the status of ethnographic research and knowledge, and writing has been at the center of it. Does well-written, powerfully argued fieldwork enhance our sociological understanding of others and the world around us, or is a powerful narrative something ethnographers use to draw readers in and convince them of the veracity of claims that may lack strong supporting data or careful engagement with existing literature and social theory? I wanted my readers to know and thus be able to assess my research and its various findings, interpretations, and claims. I think this larger debate is important context for Matthew Desmond’s argument–offered in the conclusion of Evicted, and highlighted recently at the Sociological Imagination blog–against first person narrative in the presentation of ethnographically driven social science. In Desmond’s view, this approach fails to “capture the essence of a social world” because “the ‘I’ filters all.”
Wim Wenders to make 3D Documentary on Architecture Since Wim Wenders’s new documentary “Pina” hit the theaters this month, the online world hasn’t stopped talking about the German film director’s plan to create a 3D documentary film on architecture. In a recent interview with the Documentary Channel, Wenders revealed his plans stating, “I have actually already started a long-term project, another documentary in 3D. It will take several years, but it’s going to be about architecture. I have always wanted to do a film about architecture, and I have a lot of architect friends.
Edge.org The Epidemic of Obesity, Diabetes and "Metabolic Syndrome:" Cell Energy Adaptations in a Toxic World? "Metabolic syndrome" (MetSyn) has been termed the "Epidemic of the 21st century." MetSyn is an accretion of symptoms, including high body mass index (weight-for-height), high blood sugar, high blood pressure (BP), high blood triglycerides, high waist circumference (central/visceral fat deposition), and/or reduced HDL-cholesterol, the so-called "good" cholesterol. Epidemics of Obesity and diabetes are intertwined with, and accompany, the meteoric rise in MetSyn. The prevalent view is that MetSyn is due to a glut of food calories ("energy") consumed, and a dearth of exercise energy expended, spurring weight gain—an "energy surfeit"—with the other features arising in consequence.
taylor-outline CHAPTER ONE: The Historical Emergence of the Discourse of Identity, Authenticity, and Recognition (25-37) Thesis of book: Our identity (as individuals or groups) is partly shaped (or misshaped) by recognition (or non-recognition) (25). Hence "due recognition is not just a courtesy we owe people. Weekly Wisdom Tuesday, August 27, 2013 Tami Simon speaks with Dr. Ashok Gangadean, who has been a professor of philosophy at Haverford College for more than 45 years. Ashok investigates the primal internal logic of human reason and the deep dynamics of communication between diverse worldviews.
Preface to Frantz Fanon's Wretched of the Earth by Jean-Paul Sartre Jean-Paul Sartre 1961 Preface to Frantz Fanon’s “Wretched of the Earth” NOT so very long ago, the earth numbered two thousand million inhabitants: five hundred million men, and one thousand five hundred million natives. The former had the Word; the others had the use of it. Between the two there were hired kinglets, overlords and a bourgeoisie, sham from beginning to end, which served as go-betweens. In the colonies the truth stood naked, but the citizens of the mother country preferred it with clothes on: the native had to love them, something in the way mothers are loved.
VIDEO: Ohio Congressman Tim Ryan talks "A Mindful Nation" "Now's the time for us to implement this." It isn't every day that we hear a U.S. congressman talking about mindfulness, much less in these terms: "I felt like I would be derelict in my duty as a member of the United States Congress if I didn't try to push this stuff out into society. We've got a responsibility, when we get sworn in to be a member of congress, to try and help our constituents and help our country. [...] New African Histories · Ohio University Press / Swallow Press The New African Histories series builds on the significant achievements of social historians over the past two decades, while pushing the boundaries of African social history in exciting new directions - theoretically, methodologically and conceptually. The series promotes continued research on the lived experiences of Africans in their households, communities, workplaces, and classes, as well as in the clubs, associations, and social movements they have created. It insists on the centrality of gender, generation and social identity to African historiography, while it seeks to expose the constraints at local, national, and transnational levels that structure the daily lives of the poor and disadvantaged. Social historians have long maintained that there can be no social history without economic history.
I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings by Maya Angelou – review The caged bird "sings of freedom", writes Maya Angelou in her poem "Caged Bird" – a poignant recurring image throughout her work, as she eloquently explores the struggle to become liberated from the shackles of racism and misogyny. This evocative first volume of her six books of autobiography, originally published in 1969 (1984 in the UK), vividly depicts Angelou's "tender years" from the ages of three to 16, partly in the American south during the depression-wracked 1930s, while also offering timeless insights into the empowering quality of books. The painful sense of being unwanted haunts her early childhood, for when Maya (then known as Marguerite) is three and her brother Bailey four they are sent to the "musty little town" of segregated Stamps, Arkansas wearing tags on their wrists addressed to "To whom it may concern", dispatched by their parents in California who had decided to end their "calamitous marriage".
The life and work of WEB Du Bois "Herein lie buried many things which, if read with patience, may show the strange meaning of being black here in the dawning of the 20th century. This meaning is not without interest to you, Gentle Reader; for the problem of the 20th century is the problem of the colour line". This prophecy may have seemed far-fetched when first published in 1903, but it was to prove more and more compelling as the century advanced. Its author was WEB du Bois, the greatest of the early civil-rights leaders, a figure of towering significance in American politics and letters, whose life and work are - alas - little known on this side of the Atlantic. Remembered for his single-minded commitment to racial justice and his capacity to shape black consciousness, Du Bois used language and ideas to hammer out a strategy for political equality and to sound the depths of the black experience in the aftermath of slavery.
Tiyo Soga - Wikipedia When Soga’s mother Nosuthu became a Christian she sought and received release from her marriage to Jotello, a head advisor of Chief Ngqika, on the grounds that she wanted her son to be raised a Christian and receive formal education. Nosuthu'’s request was granted and she took Soga to the Chumie Mission. As a child in Chumie, Soga attended the school of the Revd John A. Chalmers. Soga attended the Normal School in Glasgow, Scotland and was ‘adopted’ by the John Street United Presbyterian Church.