About the Spread of the English Language in India

The Monster Anglopolis: The English Language in India by Sunandan Roy Chowdhury  Published in Planet 216 Sunandan Roy Chowdhury decries the dominance of the English language over Indian culture, thought, identity and material development. The waters of the Arabian Sea wash the walls of Mumbai’s National Centre for Performing Arts – India’s premier venue for … Continue reading About the Spread of the English Language in India

Johnny Cash on the Importance of Listening to Your Mama about Open Carry of Guns

In my Criminology class, I used to lecture about "ecological theories" of crime.  For example, the "ecology of bars" lend themselves to violence.  Basically, ecological theory says that if you put together young males, alcohol, and guns, someone is more likely to get hurt than if any one of the tree elements is removed.  Remove … Continue reading Johnny Cash on the Importance of Listening to Your Mama about Open Carry of Guns

“Could be Worse!” Adventures in Maximum Security Prisons and Our Forthcoming Book

     This essay begins in February 2009, and picks up again in November 2011. And now it is going to pick up again in 2016, as I anxiously await the publication of our book "Prison Vocational Education and Policy in the United States: A Critical Perspective on Evidence-based Reform."  The book is authored by … Continue reading “Could be Worse!” Adventures in Maximum Security Prisons and Our Forthcoming Book

Battle Ritual Among the Nacirema

By Guest Writer Finn Johansson Battle ritual among the Nacirema In anthropological and ethnological research, scientists face new cultural specialties every day. Yet there are some rites, so deeply inherited by the practicing community, that ritual behavior might astonish even the most experienced researchers. Accessing those abnormalities from an empirical point of view in order … Continue reading Battle Ritual Among the Nacirema

Farmer Power: The Continuing Confrontation between Subsistence Farmers and Development Bureaucrats

Day by day, the peasants make the economists sigh, the politicians sweat, and the strategists swear, defeating their plans and prophecies all over the world—Moscow and Washington, Peking and Delhi, Cuba and Algeria, the Congo and Vietnam (Shanin 1966:5) Economists, politicians, and strategists since at least the end of World War II dream of the … Continue reading Farmer Power: The Continuing Confrontation between Subsistence Farmers and Development Bureaucrats