Foucault

In our class discussion we have learned that representation is a critical part of the process by which meaning is produced and exchanged. It involves the use of language, images, and signs which stands for or represent things. However because we unconsciously internalize codes that express certain concepts/ideas, language can never be fixed. Foucault argues […]

DUDLEY-New Lives in Postindustrial America

The End of the Lines: Lost Jobs, New Lives in Postindustrial America, the author Kathryn Marie Dudley discusses how six thousand blue-collared workers in Kenosha, Wisconsin dealt with the closing of the Chrysler plant purchased from AMC Motors in 1986. Due to the shutdown the community faced a serious economic crisis. Dudley also discusses how […]

Chafetz and Misogyny

Janet Chafetz is one of the most ambitious feminist theorists committed to explaining  gender inequality. Chafetz argues, that two types of forces withstand a system of gender inequality. The first being, those that are coercive and those that are voluntary acts by individuals. Chafetz, notes that these forces are interrelated but theorizes the two separately. […]

Pierre Bourdieu

Pierre Bourdieu was a French sociologist who focused on global and personal identities concurrently. He fixated on how the material resources translate into and reinforce the cultural/symbolic realm. The term “habitus” was coined by Bourdieu. This word describes who you are today based on your upbringing and how people/situations have influenced you while growing up. […]

DuBois: Double-Consciouness

W.E.B. DuBois coined the term, double-consciousness as always looking at one’s self through the eyes of others. DuBois specifically describes this “two-ness” lived and felt by African Americans. He explains that African Americans view themselves individually and a as a group through the eyes the society they live in. While slavery has been abolished for […]

Where Do You Draw the Line? -Gilman

Charlotte Perkins Gilman, a feminist sociologist coins the term “morbid excess in sex distinction.” Gilman explains that, the importance of a women’s economic survival is dependent upon acquiring a mate. When women were removed from the economy through male domination, the sexes became more distinct. Women’s bodies changed and accentuated qualities to bring out mating […]

Pressures on Mothers Preparing a Home-Cooked Meal

In the article titled, “Study Finds That Home-Cooking Disproportionately Burdens Mothers” researchers from North Carolina State University argued the notion, “time pressures and the tradeoffs to save money of pleasing others make it difficult for mothers to enact the idealized vision of home-cooked meals..” The research was conducted over the course of a year in […]

Inequality, Happiness, and Health

For my post I decided to focus on Robert Frank’s book “Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class-Chapter Three: “Inequality, Happiness, and Health and Chapter 5: The Rising Cost of Adequate.” At the beginning of this chapter Frank addresses the question, “Does growing inequality make the middle class less happy?” Frank’s first step […]

Inequality, Happiness, and Health

For my post I decided to focus on Robert Frank’s book “Falling Behind: How Rising Inequality Harms the Middle Class-Chapter Three: “Inequality, Happiness, and Health and Chapter 5: The Rising Cost of Adequate.” At the beginning of this chapter Frank addresses the question, “Does growing inequality make the middle class less happy?” Frank’s first step […]

Capitalism According to Weber

Weber’s perspective of capitalism is grounded by the beliefs of “rationalization.” In Weber’s famous essay, “The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism” he correlates the relationship between capitalism and religion. The concept of predestination explains the rise of capitalism in an economic structure. American Puritans and Protestants (Calvinists) believed people were destined for either […]

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