"Neither the life of an individual nor the history of a society can be understood without understanding both." - C. Wright Mills, from his classic text, The Sociological Imagination. Mills argues that people sometimes feel trapped by their troubles or their personal circumstances . #sociology #quotes #socialscience
This is a nice illustration of a basic mathematical principle that the general public does not always understand when they are presented with statistics. The media in particular do a poor job of conveying the simple fact that correlation does not equal causation.
Hollywood Racism: The Magical Negro Trope refers to the way valiant Black characters in movies exist only as a narrative device to teach the White protagonist how to be a better person. Hollywood studios bemoan that paying audiences have stopped going to the cinemas. Is it any wonder, when big productions treat us all as if we’re stuck in some arcane mono-cultural bubble?
"Illusion" by Jenna S. Gestalt psychology! This technique is used to teach students about the power of visual perception. Our minds are accustomed to picking up pieces of visual information and organising it into something whole and familiar. Here you see a profile figure as well as the face of a man. What I like about this is that it's the first example I've seen that doesn't simply use a White person as the default image. #socialscience Via Jan Moren - Google+.
The Pew Research Centre’s Global Attitudes Project finds that humanitarian aid has a limited effect on improving the USA’s international image. For example, in 2011, 85% of the 700 Japanese people who were surveyed reported a favourable view of America versus 66% of the Japanese participants in 2010.
Street artist Shamsia Hassan is featured in front of one her graffiti creations in an industrial park in Kabul, Afghanistan. She says: “If we can do graffiti all over the city, there will be nobody who doesn’t know about art.” Hassan’s comments about street art go to the heart of much of Bourdieu’s work on taste and distinction. http://othersociologist.com/2012/02/25/street-art-and-distinction-in-kabul-afghanistan/