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The Sociological Imagination

The Sociological Imagination
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The Chirurgeon's Apprentice Why Are People Dying to Bring You Dinner? The Shocking Facts About Our Food System | Food March 30, 2012 | Like this article? Join our email list: Stay up to date with the latest headlines via email. Cesar Chavez, the champion of farmworkers' rights who gets his annual day of state recognition this Saturday, must be rolling in his grave. It's been 37 years since Governor Jerry Brown, in an earlier life, signed the landmark agricultural labor relations act--and soon California legislators will debate whether to enforce rules to provide water and shade to the 400,000 farmworkers who harvest our food. According to Assemblymember Betsy Butler, D-Los Angeles, author of the Farmworker Safety Act of 2012, "At least 16 farm workers have died since the state issued emergency regulations related to heat illness in 2005. Let's replay that: every year farmworkers are dying from thirst and heat exposure due to inadequate water and shade. You'd think this would be a no-brainer, but history shows a long, sorry resistance to treating farmworkers with even the most basic dignities.

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. Reading Marx’s Capital Volume 2 with David Harvey A close reading of the text of Karl Marx’s Capital Volume 2 (plus parts of Volume 3) in 12 video lectures by Professor David Harvey. These lectures were the inspiration for the book: A Companion to Marx’s Capital Volume 2 published by Verso in 2013. Marx and Capital: The Concept, The Book, The History A Series of Six Video Lectures in Political Economy by David Harvey © 2017 David Harvey Reading Marx’s Capital with David Harvey is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 United States License.

Carlos Reynoso - Página principal Sociology Lens » news. resources. commentary. Nudge yourself better: how to become your own Choice Architect. by Roger Tyers, 3 days ago at 11:00 am By: Adam GaultCollection: OJO My PhD research is about changing people’s behaviour – how to make people lead better, greener, more sustainable lives. The basic premise of Nudge is that we can improve people’s behaviour not just through the old-fashioned interventions of the State like taxing things or making things illegal: ‘shoving’ people to comply; but by subtly ‘nudging’ people to make better choices, whilst still allowing them the freedom to make bad ones. (more…) Avery Gordon’s “Ghostly Matters” and the Haunting of Sociological Research by rademacher, 4 days ago at 07:00 am Source: Ghostly Matters by Avery F. I recently stumbled upon a unique analysis of the construction of social reality. (more…) A look at the ‘Religion versus Science’ debate through a sociological lens by Huw C Davies, Mar 26, 2014, at 08:00 am The Crimean War of Signatures (more…)

"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. So in the natural sciences, theories are expected to have precise specification, deductive consequences, and specific bridge relationships to observable phenomena. Is there anything like this construct in the social sciences? The question of the role of theory in social thinking is a complex one, and the concept of theory seems to be an ambiguous one (as Gabriel Abend points out in an article mentioned below). ; link, link, link). Theory1.

Lessons From The Last Time Civilization Collapsed : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture From the Abu Simbel temples in southern Egypt, dating back to the 13th century B.C. iStockphoto hide caption itoggle caption iStockphoto From the Abu Simbel temples in southern Egypt, dating back to the 13th century B.C. iStockphoto Consider this, if you would: a network of far-flung, powerful, high-tech civilizations closely tied by trade and diplomatic embassies; an accelerating threat of climate change and its pressure on food production; a rising wave of displaced populations ready to sweep across and overwhelm developed nations. Sound familiar? While that laundry list of impending doom could be aimed at our era, it's actually a description of the world 3,000 years ago. 1177 B.C. is, for Cline, a milepost. The question that haunts Eric Cline is why. "The world of the Late Bronze Age and ours today have more similarities than one might expect, particularly in terms of relationships, both at the personal level and at the state level. What followed were drought, scarcity and desperation.

Ventana abierta Blog Darío Acevedo Historia y Política Tags: castrochavismo, Venezuela, llave Maduro-Diosdado, Colombia Número de palabras: 987 La llave Maduro-Diosdado, cabezas visibles del proyecto dictatorial castro-chavista está haciendo trizas la democracia venezolana. En la misma dirección debemos interpretar la decisión de la Fiscalía venezolana de someter a juicio al líder opositor Leopoldo López y mantenerlo bajo arresto. Por ningún lado que se le mire, la situación de Machado y López es asimilable a lo que ha sucedido con Gustavo Petro en Colombia, caso este en que el procesado ha gozado de todas las garantías. Algunos analistas han tratado de desvirtuar la existencia del proyecto castro-chavista y del peligro que representa para la débil democracia latinoamericana y en particular para Colombia. El segundo problema es mirar qué tanto de fantasía y qué tanto de realidad hay en el asunto. El fracaso es más terco que la voluntad. Dicen que todo se ha logrado a través de la vía electoral, lo que es irrebatible.

Cyborgology » humanity meets technology On Pharrell’s “Happy” by robinjames, 2 days ago at 05:00 am I find Pharrell’s massive hit “Happy” really, really irritating. And, for that reason, I love it. (more…) #TtW14 Panel Preview: Tales From the Script by davidbanks, 4 days ago at 12:48 pm Presider: Michael Connor (@michael_connor) Hashmod: Annie Wang (@annieyilingwang) This is the one post in a series of Panel Previews for the upcoming Theorizing the Web conference (#TtW14) in NYC. Each presentation in this panel considers very different case studies but all are deeply interested in the standards, practices, and assumptions that undergird our augmented society. More fumbling toward a theory of digital abandonment/ruin by Sarah Wanenchak, 4 days ago at 02:19 pm “Imaginary View of the Grande Galerie in the Louvre in Ruins” – Hubert Robert (1796) [W]e can understand the appearance of abandoned digital space as past-oriented atemporal. I think that lack of anything waiting for you at the other end needs more attention, as do other things.

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