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The New Faces of Welfare: Overcoming the Stigma of State Assistance

by ChristinaBlunt Despite last week’s promising government figures showing a decline in the American unemployment rate, “Welfare and Citizenship: The Effects of Government Assistance on Young Adults’ Civic Participation,” serves as a reminder...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 9, 2009

The New Faces of Welfare: Overcoming the Stigma of State Assistance

by ChristinaBlunt Despite last week’s promising government figures showing a decline in the American unemployment rate, “Welfare and Citizenship: The Effects of Government Assistance on Young Adults’ Civic Participation,” serves as a reminder...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 9, 2009

Protesters Challenge Skeptics: The Earth is Round and Climate Change is Real

by smteixeirapoit The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Copenhagen from December 7th to 18th. Prior to the start of the conference, members of an action group, Stop Climate Chaos, organized demonstrations encouraging world l...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 7, 2009

Protesters Challenge Skeptics: The Earth is Round and Climate Change is Real

by smteixeirapoit The United Nations Climate Change Conference is taking place in Copenhagen from December 7th to 18th. Prior to the start of the conference, members of an action group, Stop Climate Chaos, organized demonstrations encouraging world l...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 7, 2009

Telling the Truth: Immigrants and their communities

by ChristinaBlunt Today, December 2, Maryland pastor Lennox Abrigo will be at the White House to discuss immigration reform. According to the New York Times, Abrigo and other pastors across the state have witnessed increases in the number of immigran...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 1, 2009

Don’t blame the Internet: Reevaluating the decline in American journalism

By Rachael Liberman In a recent article from The Nation, heavyweight media scholars John Nichols and Robert McChesney remind readers that the current crisis in American journalism does not necessarily mean that the industry is fated to fail. Rather,...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 1, 2009

Telling the Truth: Immigrants and their communities

by ChristinaBlunt Today, December 2, Maryland pastor Lennox Abrigo will be at the White House to discuss immigration reform. According to the New York Times, Abrigo and other pastors across the state have witnessed increases in the number of immigran...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 1, 2009

Don’t blame the Internet: Reevaluating the decline in American journalism

By Rachael Liberman In a recent article from The Nation, heavyweight media scholars John Nichols and Robert McChesney remind readers that the current crisis in American journalism does not necessarily mean that the industry is fated to fail. Rather,...
by Sociology Eye on Dec 1, 2009

When Emotions Stall Political Change: The case of abortion and health care reform

By Dena T. Smith While abortion is certainly a hot-button issue on the American Political Scene, the fervent debate over the topic – mostly fueled by a clash between liberal and conservative, predominately religiously-oriented moral entrepreneu...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 30, 2009

When Emotions Stall Political Change: The case of abortion and health care reform

By Dena T. Smith While abortion is certainly a hot-button issue on the American Political Scene, the fervent debate over the topic – mostly fueled by a clash between liberal and conservative, predominately religiously-oriented moral entrepreneu...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 30, 2009

Cyborg Systems: Sociology’s Proper Unit of Analysis

by pj.rey The increasing centrality of the Internet in our daily lives has precipitated a spate of theorizing about how we – as humans and as a society – are changing (or not) due to the constant technological mediation of our most basic...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 29, 2009

Portable pornography in the public sphere: Convenient, offensive or hazardous?

By Rachael Liberman It’s one thing to experience the pornification of culture through public advertising (billboards, subway adverts), among other mediated formats. But what if someone sitting next to you on the subway is watching pornography on th...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 17, 2009

Conference Summary Part I: The Internet as Playground and Factory

by pj.rey The New School held a conference last week that may be of interest to many Sociology Lens readers, so I have decided to devote this week’s entry to sharing some notes from the conference. The implosion of work and play was the most re...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 15, 2009

Smuggling Tunnels in Gaza Strip

by smteixeirapoit Palestinians have created hundreds of tunnels under the Gaza Strip-Egypt border to circumvent the Israeli blockade. In the border town of Rafah, Palestinians secure employment in these tunnels, smuggling goods such as food, livestoc...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 8, 2009

election day and attributing blame

By Dena T. Smith In elections, we determine who to vote for via a number of factors: party affiliation, the economy, the character of the candidate, advertising, etc. It’s a complicated process. One key force in determining the outcome of elect...
by Sociology Eye on Nov 3, 2009

Fat Taxes and Foucault

by bmckernan In recent months, proposals for “fat taxes” have gained growing popularity amongst certain academic and political circles. Proponents for such measures suggest that such policies would help lower America’s obesity rate and/or help...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 26, 2009

The BNP meets the BBC

by paulabowles For the past few weeks the British media and public have hotly been debating the rights and wrongs of allowing the controversial British National Party [BNP] leader to appear on the BBC’s ‘flagship’ politics programme Question Ti...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 24, 2009

When Prosumption is Law, the Prosumer is King (for Now)

by pj.rey Smokers, if I told you that I could get you high-quality cigarettes for half the usual price, you’d probably smartly ask, “what’s the catch.”  “The catch,” I might respond, “is that I need five min...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 17, 2009

Renegotiating the Gender Contract

by ChristinaBlunt According to a recent article in the New York Times, the single mothers of South Korea are beginning to mount a battle to reclaim not only their rights but also their identities. The social stigma surrounding unwed motherhood in Sou...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 14, 2009

Peace Prize Choice Celebrated and Criticized

by smteixeirapoit The Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that President Barack Obama will receive the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize. The Committee commended President Obama for encouraging international diplomacy, engaging in nuclear disarmament dialogue a...
by Sociology Eye on Oct 11, 2009


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