“White men make up approximately 36% of the population, but commit 75% of mass shootings. What would be called terrorism by any other skin tone is suddenly some mysterious unnamed disease. We as a society are perfectly happy to further stigmatize mentally ill people, who are far more likely to be victims of violence than commit violence, in the service of protecting white supremacy and male entitlement.”
The “Mental Illness” We Refuse To Name: White Male Entitlement | Constituative Outsider
Resubmitting this because the original did not cite the original author, and plagirizing of WoC’s work is a serious and rampant issue. We cannot allow them to do this difficult work without acknowledging the value of their work. If you reblogged, please delete the original and reblog this version.
1:08 am • 28 May 2014 • 69,759 notes
The problem with cultural appropriation is that it replaces the original with a copy created by the dominant culture. It dilutes the original, removes all symbolic value from it and replaces it with a ready to consume product devoid of context and meaning.
Cultural appropriation, at its most extreme, is a violent form of colonization because it removes the original group behind the culture and reinforces stereotypes about that group (i.e. ALL First Nation folks are reduced to “war bonnets”, whether their culture uses them or not; all Latin@s are reduced to a stylized version of Catholicism regardless of their spirituality; etc.). The mechanism of commodifying a culture ends up being a tool to re-inforce [sic] racism as it reduces the people behind those cultures to a mere cartoon like representation of their realities. It’s a great way to ultimately Other and objectify entire groups of people by taking something that is dynamic and ever evolving and freezing it for a marketing photo opportunity.
— Flavia Dzodan (via dammit-daria)
(Source: seppin, via existentialcrisisfactory)
12:23 am • 28 May 2014 • 4,118 notes
I’m feeling guilty and stupid because I can’t seem to read an entire book.
It doesn’t feel difficult, I just don’t continue reading. I pick up a book, read maybe a chapter or two, put it down, and maybe I try picking it up in a week, but I’ll never pick it up again. I’ve stopped buying new books because I know I won’t read them.
What happened to the person who used to read entire books in a day? I could blame all that required reading in university but even then at least I was reading dozens of journal articles and book chapters every week.
12:47 am • 22 May 2014 • 1 note
Jessica Chastain at the ‘Foxcatcher’ Premiere, 67th Annual Cannes Film Festival, May 19, 2014
I’m a god, and you’re a mortal - JC
9:43 pm • 21 May 2014 • 1,336 notes
Clinical sociology is an applied practice that focuses on health intervention, such as working with medical practitioners, community health services, social policy and public health campaigns. Head over to Sociology at Work to read two case studies of how medical sociology is used.
The first example is in informing health and policy work in industrial claims and workers’ compensations. The second example looks at a clinical sociologist who provides career coaching through physical therapy. Finally, there’s a discussion of how you might begin planning a career in clinical sociology.
[Image text] Clinical sociology delivers health intervention. This includes: rehabilitation; counselling; mediation; community services; case management; social policy research; & public health campaigns.
9:41 pm • 21 May 2014 • 46 notes
“you are terrifying
and strange and beautiful
and not something everyone knows how to love”
— Warsan Shire - 'For Women Who are 'Difficult' to Love' [x]
(Source: quotable-notable, via unconventionalmoose)
4:51 pm • 20 May 2014 • 16,174 notes
“Many academic disciplines also reduce their influence by neglecting political diversity. Sociology, for example, should be central to so many national issues, but it is so dominated by the left that it is instinctively dismissed by the right.”
Professors, We Need You! - NYTimes.com
Ehhh? The reason there are so few conservatives in sociology is probably because most conservatives reject one of sociology’s basic premises: that social, cultural, and institutional contexts influence individual humans in ways that can be predicted and studied.
I’m pretty sure I’ve commented on the absurdity of this comment before, but here we are again and it is still just as absurd.
Let’s think for a minute about what the word “conservative” means just on a basic dictionary level… resistance to change and new ideas.
One of the key aspects of learning (in or out of a formal academic institution) is being open to new ideas and experiences. Conservatives are not common in academia as a whole and especially not in a discipline that is established on challenging the taken for granted notions of every day life. If a person is resistant to new ideas chances are they’re not going to dedicate their lives to them.
It’s like the author of this piece never bothered to think through what he was actually saying.
And I leave you with this..
“Of course there are many reasons why conservatives would be underrepresented in social psychology, and most of them have nothing to do with discrimination or hostile climate. Research on personality consistently shows that liberals are higher on openness to experience. They’re more interested in novel ideas, and in trying to use science to improve society. So of course our field is and always will be mostly liberal.”
—Jonathan Haidt from The Republican Brain by Chris Mooney
7:30 pm • 19 May 2014 • 285 notes
“You will always be too much of something for someone: too big, too loud, too soft, too edgy. If you round out your edges, you lose your edge.”
— Danielle LaPorte (via ohteenscanrelate)
(Source: ohteenscanrelate, via veruca-assault)
11:29 am • 18 May 2014 • 5,210 notes
do men have resting bitch faces as well or do they not have negative characteristics ascribed to them for putting on a neutral rather than a deliriously happy facial expression
(Source: theanunnakiconnection, via sociolab)
12:17 am • 16 May 2014 • 62,260 notes
“By virtue of this principle, society is not the mere sum of individuals, but the system formed by their association represents a specific reality which has its own characteristics. Undoubtedly no collective entity can be produced if there are no individual consciousnesses: this is a necessary but not a sufficient condition. In addition these consciousnesses must be associated and combined in a certain way. It is from this combination that social life arises and consequently it is this combination which explains it. By aggregating together, by interpenetrating, by fusing together, individuals give birth to a being, psychical if you will, but one which constitutes a psychical individuality of a new kind. Thus it is in the nature of that individuality and not in that of its conponent elements that we must search for the proximate and determining causes of the facts produced in it. The group thinks, feels and acts entirely differently from the way its members would if they were isolated. If therefore we begin by studying these members separately, we will understand nothing about what is taking place in the group. In a word, there is between psychology and sociology the same break in continuity as there is between biology and the physical and chemical sciences. Consequently every time a social phenomenon is directly explained by a psychological phenomenon, we may rest assured that the explanation is false.”
Durkheim. The Rules of Sociological Method. (via socio-logic)
This makes me fall in love with Durkheim/Sociology all over again.
(Source: ifuckinglovesociology, via socio-logic)
11:47 pm • 15 May 2014 • 28 notes
those damn irresponsible poors with their flat screen tvs and their cellular phones and their clothes
The things you can afford… but you know… let’s just pretend they’re still paying late 90’s prices and in a booming economy or something…
Yup. The “luxuries” are cheap, and the essentials in life break the fucking bank.
(Source: giannis-antetokounmpo, via veruca-assault)
9:01 pm • 14 May 2014 • 41,975 notes