Over the past decade, both the Liberal and Labor governments have subsequently struggled to manage asylum visa processing in a humane way. These two most recent Australian governments have invested in off shore processing of refugees. This effectively means locking asylum seekers in detention centres off the mainland, for protracted periods of time that drag out over several months.
What have the media learned about covering terrorism a decade after the September 11 attacks? The Obama Administration has learned not to use commemorations of this even as political currency, unlike the Bush Administration. Traditional media has not been as discerning. They pushed the "Decade 9-11" catchphrase to analyse the event (silencing other major humanitarian crises). Others like The Guardian tweeted a timeline of events as if they were happening in real time. #sociology
The sociology of time: The social meaning of time varies across cultures and place. In 2011, the island nation of Samoa wanted to improve its trade relations with Australia, New Zealand and China. As such, it decided to skip a day in order to align its time zone with its trade partners. This post explores the idea of "social time" with case studies in island nations, showing how different societies think about and manage different dimensions of time.
In 2011, Twitter celebrated that it would uphold free speech as a ‘human right‘ for countries that had censorship laws. On the 26th of January 2012, Twitter announced a back-flip on its previous public pronouncement on free speech. #sociology
The Creation of Adam celebrates men’s status in Western Christianity as being representative of humanity’s active link to God. Through the absence of women, Michelangelo’s iconic depiction of the Christian story of Creation reinforces women as the passive by-product of men’s divine relationship to God.
Scientific literacy requires sustained engagement. Support Applied Science & Public Outreach. In the linked article, I make two key points: 1) Media hyperbole on science needs careful critique by scientists. 2) Scientific literacy requires our sustained engagement. I use sociology to discuss how we might use social media to address poor science discussion in mainstream media.
#Sociology of public health a decade after the September 11 Attacks: Thomas Farley and Isaac Weisfuse estimate that 35,000 to 70,000 survivors of the attack have probably developed post-traumatic trauma, including victims, rescue and recovery workers, passers-by and residents who were exposed to the event. A further 125,000 to 232,000 people have experienced respiratory illnesses & first responders suffer a ‘modest increase’ of cancer…
Advanced nations tell just one story about gender and the environment in developing nations. It is a story of catastrophe and helplessness. Africa is no monolith continent. I examine how Western aid agencies might rethink how they position "Africa" & how sociology can expand how we think and talk about sustainable development in the region. "Power is the ability not just to tell the story of another person, but to make it the definitive story of that person."
#Sociology of #SocialMedia: In 2011, Maltese philosopher Edward De Bono argued that social media causes "laziness." He fretted that young people no longer knew "how to think." I argued that sociologists can guide not just the research, policy and critique of social media, but we can also guide the education to enhance how younger and older people interact with new technologies. http://othersociologist.com/2011/10/05/philosopher-social-media/
Bourdieu argued that economic and life outcomes depend upon intangible social processes, such as cultural knowledge & social networks. Erotic capital is a concept used to study the social, symbolic, economic and physical resources that affect the way in which sexual desire is constructed in different societies. Click on this image for a #sociology analysis of how erotic capital impacts on sexual agency.