David Simon & President Barack Obama on The Wire, The Drug War and Mass Incarceration

David Simon, creator of HBO’s “The Wire” and “Treme” sits down with President Barack Obama to discuss how “The Wire” imitates life and public policy in America, the impacts that the Drug War has had on minority communities and those who police them, and what can be done to reverse the tide. “There is an … Continue reading David Simon & President Barack Obama on The Wire, The Drug War and Mass Incarceration

Socy691 – Week 5 blog #3

The central questions for this week’s readings revolve around, and are related to, whether [all] sociologists should blog, whether sociologists require an online presence and if so, who is left out of the conversation? The first is a rather elementary question that leads to complex answers, the most succinct of which being no; those that … Continue reading Socy691 – Week 5 blog #3

Socy691 – Week 5 blog #3

The central questions for this week’s readings revolve around, and are related to, whether [all] sociologists should blog, whether sociologists require an online presence and if so, who is left out of the conversation? The first is a rather elementary question that leads to complex answers, the most succinct of which being no; those that … Continue reading Socy691 – Week 5 blog #3

SOCY691 – 3 Public Sociologists

To me, George Ritzer, Cornel West and William Julius Wilson all count as public sociologists. For Ritzer, in his books “The McDonalndization of Society” and “The Starbucksization of Society” he lays out for the reader the concepts of bureaucratic control, process, power and rationality popularized by Max Weber. The McDonaldization of Society argues that American … Continue reading SOCY691 – 3 Public Sociologists

SOCY691 Blog #2 – Stein, Collins & Cyborgology (Week 3)

Stein begins her Discipline and Punish chapter, on page 157, with a readily obvious observation, citing Martha Nussbaum, about the so-called “modern intellectual” in that this individual too often writes in a manner as to perpetuate their insularity. This, echoing my point from my first post about Michael Burawoy’s prescriptions for public sociology, bolsters the … Continue reading SOCY691 Blog #2 – Stein, Collins & Cyborgology (Week 3)

Socy691 Blog #1- Durawoy/Kalleberg (Week 2)

I appreciate Kalleberg’s analysis of Michael Burawoy’s 2004 address in that he echoes similar frustrations and admirations I had with Burawoy’s piece. The first of which is the language Burawoy uses. Burawoy stresses the need to engage different publics as a matter of strengthening and refining the disciplines of public sociology, which I agree with, … Continue reading Socy691 Blog #1- Durawoy/Kalleberg (Week 2)

Socy691 – Public Sociology Introduction

I know hardly anything about Public Sociology, but it makes me think of interesting questions, most importantly of which is, if sociology is the scientific study of society, isn’t all sociology public sociology? If there is a public sociological discipline, does that imply a private one? And what would that incorporate? Sociology of family? Does … Continue reading Socy691 – Public Sociology Introduction

Wilson: Race & Class

Main Points The Declining Significance of Race (Wilson) Wilson begins by defining race relations in the United States as occurring in three stages: the preindustrial, industrial and modern industrial. He continues in arguing that historical black/white racial antagonisms have shifted to a state of social, political and communal issues that have resulted an increasing class […]

Chafetz, Hill Collins & Smith

Main Points Gender Division of Labor and the Reproduction of Female Disadvantage (Chafetz) Chafetz’s central argument is that gender stratification is maintained and reproduced in society and Chafetz focuses on the notions of constraint and choice as being the chief factors therein. She defines gender stratification as, “The extent to which societal members are unequal […]

Homans, Blau, Goffman & Collins

Main Points Social Behavior as Exchange (Homans) Homans’ focus was what he called “elementary social behavior (Appelrouth 421).” This is defined by the interpersonal exchange of goods, both material and non-material. Within a given exchange, actors enter into it with a determination for a result of interchange that profits them. The process by which this […]

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