Mission Statements: Elite Harvard, Middle-Class Chico, and Working-Class Butte College

Education is an inherent paradox. At its most explicit, it assumes that students are trained for a fair, meritocratic, and competitive labor market in which learning is valued without reference to who they are or their social connections. This is why fair markets are “anonymous”.... But schools do not operate in anonymous markets. Schools emphasizing … Continue reading Mission Statements: Elite Harvard, Middle-Class Chico, and Working-Class Butte College

Gallows Tale V: Did Tanganyika’s Hangmen Go on Strike in 1924-1926?

  Gallows File I The Extra "Whack" Gallows File II Escape? Gallows File III Are We Hanging the Right Man? Gallows File IV The Advantages of Executing Locally! Gallows File V: Did Tanganyika's Hangmen Go on Strike?   It must be remembered that quite apart from the question of gallows, the difficulty of persons to carry out the executions … Continue reading Gallows Tale V: Did Tanganyika’s Hangmen Go on Strike in 1924-1926?

National Adjunct Walkout Day #NAWD

I started adjuncting in spring 2006, about two weeks after turning in my MA thesis at California State University, Chico. I was hired to teach sociology by an Anthropology professor I'd taken in grad school who was also the chair of the social and behavioral sciences (SBS) department at Butte Community College. I reread my … Continue reading National Adjunct Walkout Day #NAWD

The Ultimate Privilege

My mother would have called me a picky eater, if the term had been popular when I was a kid in the early 1980s; instead, people often said I was spoiled. I turned my nose up to onions, didn't care for orange juice, and had a physical aversion to ground meat (that was my mother's … Continue reading The Ultimate Privilege

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4   A Ghostly Play in Five Acts Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London   As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA Part … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 4

The PhD as an Existential Question???

Originally published here at e.com in August 2012.  To PhD or not to PhD, that is that a question for you?  Well, at Ethnography.com we have years of unsolicited advice to those of wondering if all the uncertainties of grad school are for you or not. For example those of you have lousy grades for … Continue reading The PhD as an Existential Question???

Of the Passing of the First-Born by W. E. B. DuBois

Editor's Note:  W. E. B. DuBois (1868-1963) published The Souls of Black Folk in 1903.  It is a classic with respect to both general social theory, and race relations.  Here is reposted one of the most important of the stories in that book "Of the Passing of the First-Born" about the death of DuBois infant … Continue reading Of the Passing of the First-Born by W. E. B. DuBois

Ethnography, Stigma, and Protecting a Potentially Spoiled Identity

Originally published here at e.com in April 2007. It's one of my favorites and still makes me laugh out loud, I hope you enjoy it too. -Julie This blog is about why ethnographer Erving Goffman’s observation of stigma are important not just to ex-cons, but also to professors like me on foreign exchange programs. Goffman, … Continue reading Ethnography, Stigma, and Protecting a Potentially Spoiled Identity

Why Community College is Still the Best Bet for Working Class Students

This originally appeared on the Working-Class perspectives blog at this link. Given the continuing stigma of community college education, it's important we support community college students. You can read more about the community college/real college divide here. Recently, a friend asked me whether I’d encourage my own children (if I had them) to attend a … Continue reading Why Community College is Still the Best Bet for Working Class Students

Mother Hens and Nice Girls: How Gender and Class Show Up at Work

"My own sex, I hope, will excuse me, if I treat them like rational creatures, instead of flattering their fascinating graces, and viewing them as if they were in a perpetual state of childhood, unable to stand alone." -Mary Wollstonecraft Since writing about class and feminism here a couple of weeks ago, I've been booked … Continue reading Mother Hens and Nice Girls: How Gender and Class Show Up at Work

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3

The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3   A Ghostly Play in Five Acts   Featuring Karl Marx, of London, England Max Weber, of Heidelberg, Germany Emile Durkheim of Paris, France W.E.B. DuBois of Atlanta, USA   Special Guest Appearance Charles Dickens of London   As Narrated to Jerri Bedwell of California, USA … Continue reading The Order of the Eternal Social Conscience, Part 3

Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD

This was originally published here on ethnography.com in April, 2012. Why did you choose to get a PhD (or not)? I got to spend some time with a friend recently that decided some time ago to restart her PhD work.  She is already ABD, but is starting the dissertation over from scratch.  My question was … Continue reading Why I Chose Not to Get a PhD