The Dark Side of Positive Thinking Barbara Ehrenreich: Within a few years I began to encounter the same ideology of positive thinking being applied to people who were downsized in the corporate world. White collared middle level people being sent to support groups or networking groups--there's all kinds of names for these things--where the message was it's not bad to be laid off: it's actually a good thing. It's actually an opportunity, it's a growth opportunity, and you will come out of it much better. And if you want to come out of it at all you better work on your attitude, because the key to getting a job in the corporate world is not knowing things, having skills and experience,but having a positive attitude. Somebody who is in an absolute low point in their lives and certainly losing a job can do that.
Why Are People Dying to Bring You Dinner? The Shocking Facts About Our Food System March 30, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: 21 Things You Can't Do While Black iStock Update: On October 17, 2014, Michael Dunn was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole for the murder of Jordan Davis. Update: On February 15, 2014, the judge in the murder trial of Michael Dunn declared a mistrial on the first-degree murder count after the jury could not come to a decision. The jury reached verdicts for the other charges Dunn faced, and he was found guilty of three counts of attempted second-degree murder and one count of throwing a deadly missile. Prosecutor Angela Corey said that she will retry Dunn for first-degree murder in Jordan Davis' death.
"Theory" in sociology What is a sociological theory? And how does it relate to the challenge of providing explanations of social facts? In the natural sciences the answer to this question is fairly clear. A theory is a hypothesis about one or more entities or processes and a specification of their operations and interactions. A theory is articulated in terms that permit rigorous and unambiguous derivation of implications for the behavior of a body of phenomena -- perhaps through specification of a set of equations or through a set of statements with deductive consequences. A theory may specify deterministic properties of a set of entities -- thus permitting point predictions about future states of the relevant system; or it may specify probabilistic relations among entities, giving rise to statements about the distribution of possible future states of the system.
Introduction to Sociology Xania has nominated himself for use of the Checkuser tools. Please provide your input on this important decision. Introduction to Sociology Reading Capital Reading Marx’s Capital Volume I with David Harvey A close reading of the text of Karl Marx’s Capital Volume I in 13 video lectures by Professor David Harvey. Links to the complete course: These lectures were the inspiration for the book: A Companion to Marx’s Capital published by Verso in 2010.
The Changing Face of America What is it about the faces on these pages that we find so intriguing? Is it simply that their features disrupt our expectations, that we’re not used to seeing those eyes with that hair, that nose above those lips? Our responses can range from the armchair anthropologist’s benign desire to unravel ancestries and find common ground to active revulsion at group boundaries being violated or, in the language of racist days past, “watered down.” Out in the world, the more curious (or less polite) among us might approach, asking, “Where are you from?” or “What are you?” We look and wonder because what we see—and our curiosity—speaks volumes about our country’s past, its present, and the promise and peril of its future.
SociologySounds - SociologySource.org Lyrics Why This Song: In their book Explaining Crime, Hugh D. Barlow and David Kauzlarich (2010) write “in the song ‘Breaking the Law’ Rob Halford, the lead singer of the classic metal band Judas Priest, sings about familiar human and social problems: unemployment, instability, anger, disappointment, and boredom (51).” The authors further explain how feelings, perceptions and social institutions influence behavior—including deviant and criminal behavior. Thus by focusing on the social structure or the social context more generally as inspiring a breaking of the law, this song introduces the Chicago school theories of crime causation, providing a contrast to the classical school and biological or psychological positivism that claims behaviors stem from factors internal to criminally deviant individuals.
Map: America still divided by race Map Legend: Blue dots: white Americans, Green dots: African-Americans, Yellow dots: Latino-Americans, Red dots: Asian-Americans, Brown dots: Native-Americans/Other A new map that compiles demographic data from the 2010 Census shows just how much the United States remains segregated by race. The map, created by Dustin Cable at the University of Virginia, is made up of over 308 million dots that are separated by race – one for each person included in the April 2010 U.S. Census.