Monthly Archives: August 2014

Peter A. Hall & Michèle Lamont ask: What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?

What is the impact of three decades of neoliberalism on communities and individual lives?  What are the sources of social resilience that allowed some groups to sustain their well-being in the face of neoliberal blast waves, while others suffered losses? … Continue reading

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Listen to C. Wright Mills’ resonant voice: “You must not expect me to provide a Balanced View. I am not a sociological book-keeper…”

“You must not expect me to provide A Balanced View. I am not a sociological book-keeper. Moreover, “balanced views” are now usually surface views which rest upon the homogeneous absence of imagination and the passive avoidance of reflection. A balanced … Continue reading

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Slavoj Žižek: Why our guilt about consumption is all-consuming?

Slavoj Žižek: “One should introduce the distinction between pleasure and enjoyment elaborated by the psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan: what Lacan calls jouissance (enjoyment) is a deadly excess beyond pleasure, which is by definition moderate. We thus have two extremes: on the one … Continue reading

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Income Inequality: Economic Disparities and the Middle Class in Affluent Countries

This  book pays special attention to the middle class, a segment often not addressed in inequality literature. (Free access to the foreword, introduction and appendices) Written by leading scholars in the field of economic inequality, all 17 chapters in this volume … Continue reading

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“National Policy-Making: Domestication of Global Trends” shows how local policies appear to be synchronized globally yet are developed with distinct “national” flavors

Notions of social change are often divided into local versus international. But what actually happens at the national level—where policies are ultimately made and implemented—when policy-making is interdependent worldwide? How do policy-makers take into account the prior choices of other … Continue reading

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Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — OUT; Austérité, Précarité, Compétitivité — IN

President Hollande ordered to form new government after crisis triggered by ministers calling for end to austerity policies. Liberté, Égalité, Fraternité — OUT Austérité, Précarité, Compétitivité — IN Take a look at this interesting analysis by Arthur Goldhammer of the … Continue reading

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Economists and the Powerful: Convenient Theories, Distorted Facts, Ample Rewards

This book provides an excellent and important account of the mechanics of capitalism, and demonstrates how different groups and elites consistently further their own economic interests at the expense of others. (Free access to the introduction). Journeys into intellectual and economic … Continue reading

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If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money

“If you think the economy is more important than the environment, try holding your breath while counting your money.” – Professor Guy McPherson, School of Natural Resources, University of Arizona. This sharp quote is from Prof. McPherson’s post “Time for a … Continue reading

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Union Strength, Neoliberalism, and Income Inequality in the US since 1950

Do historically contingent political accounts help explain the growth in family income inequality in the United States? In an interesting paper “Union Strength, Neoliberalism, and Inequality: Contingent Political Analyses of U.S. Income Differences since 1950” published in American Sociological Review, David … Continue reading

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Sociologists are here to stay! We won’t be defeated by computers! :-)

According to the study on computerization of work, the likelihood of Sociologists to be replaced by machines is only 0.059 (Hooray!), for Economists that is 0.43, Computer Programmers 0.48, Stock Clerks / Building Inspectors is 0.64, Property/Real Estate Managers is … Continue reading

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