Dollhouses of Doom

    Happy Halloween from ethnography.com! Nothing says Halloween like this series of photos featuring post-apocalyptic dioramas by photographer Lori Nix. My favorites are the library (of course) and the laundromat at night.

As Americans Go to the Polls, Here is a Little Wisdom about Voting Cows from Max Weber

As Americans get ready to vote on November 2 for all range of important stuff, it may help to ruminate a bit on Max Weber's incisive word "Voting Cows," Stimmvieh.  As you go to the polls, please don't be like me--

How Working at a Community College is Like Working Retail

Originally published at classism.org in October 2011   Expectations are a pain in the ass. There’s an old saying, “plant an expectation, reap a disappointment.”  Yep I did it, planted and am now disappointed. I teach Sociology at a rural community college; I love teaching, but I don’t love that adjunct teachers like me are … Continue reading How Working at a Community College is Like Working Retail

Money Changes Everything: The Ascent of Walter White

"I did it for me. I liked it. I was good at it, and I was alive.” –W.W. I had to wait until the finale of Breaking Bad but at last, Walter White admitted that he was in to the meth cooking for the money. I’ve been frustrated since season 3, by that time the whole, … Continue reading Money Changes Everything: The Ascent of Walter White

White-trash Beaner (to my 11-year old confused self)

  Grama says I’m Indian. Mama says my dad was “A Mexican” and that if he really loved me like “Mexican daddies do,” he woulda found me by now. Grama says we’re Indian, mama says ‘no.’ Sis calls me a “wetback” and a “beaner” (“mom said it all the time”) brother teases me about getting … Continue reading White-trash Beaner (to my 11-year old confused self)

Ethnography.com Reset, 2.0! Welcome Julie Garza-Withers

As promised last month, Ethnography.com is having a reset. Not only will we post more, we will have more people doing it. Most importantly, we will have Julie Garza-Withers posting and editing to her heart’s content.   As you can see from her biography (already posted), Julie comes to us via working class rural southern … Continue reading Ethnography.com Reset, 2.0! Welcome Julie Garza-Withers

Einstein, Aristotle, and Life Without Parole

Tonight there was a great discussion in class about Einstein, Aristotle, and a character I wrote about at Ethnography.com a couple of years ago, Mr. Life Without Parole (LWOP). Mr. LWOP was a 21 year-old inmate confined by California to one of its high security prisons, and from there sent into “solitary confinement.” It was … Continue reading Einstein, Aristotle, and Life Without Parole

Fatuous, Naïve, or Bold? The Wonderful World of Peer Review

  Fair warning from an anonymous peer reviewer of one of my academic articles… The author is hampered by an inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic understanding of the basic principles…which leads him to make ludicrous statements like the following… Yes, that’s me: inaccurate, naïve, and highly simplistic! And so forth. If you share that sentiment, … Continue reading Fatuous, Naïve, or Bold? The Wonderful World of Peer Review