Social Class and Food from Around the Web

I grew up eating what the educated like to call "junk" food and "trash" food, mostly it was "poor food," that came from boxes and cans. It wasn't always like this in my family, we had short periods of feast and long periods of famine, and when times were good (my mom "marrying up') we … Continue reading Social Class and Food from Around the Web

Monetizing Mindfulness

Maybe the word “mindfulness” is like the Prius emblem, a badge of enlightened and self-satisfied consumerism, and of success and achievement. If so, not deploying mindfulness — taking pills or naps for anxiety, say, or going out to church or cocktails — makes you look sort of backward or classless. Like driving a Hummer. I … Continue reading Monetizing Mindfulness

Something is Wrong with You. You’re Broken. You’re a burden.

By Guest Writer: Eric Chisler I just got the most profound sense of grief upon reading this. I'm tearful and shaken. I think I just realized the moment that I stopped living in my body, the moment I became convinced that I was defined by what goes on in my head. I was diagnosed with … Continue reading Something is Wrong with You. You’re Broken. You’re a burden.

Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

I like to use the categories on our homepage to surf through old posts, looking for oldies but goodies to re-post on slow days. I also like to read and think about anthropology and sociology and I can count on finding something here to get my mental juices flowing. And like Mark describes below, I … Continue reading Why isn’t ethnography.com more focused on ethnography? Um, ‘cause I don’t feel like it.

Classism in Academia

This was originally published at Class Action in September 2012. Classism in Academia A little over two years ago, a student called me a ‘cunt’ in front of 38 other students. My academic employer did little to protect me and allowed a local, “progressive” paper to attack me in a newspaper/Internet article. I believe this … Continue reading Classism in Academia

How Class Differences Shape Love and Marriage

I just ordered and am very excited to soon be reading, The Power of the Past: Understanding Cross-Class Marriages by Jessi Streib. Books about marriage are plentiful but an ethnographic account of cross-class marriages is something new. If you click this link, it will direct you to a Washington Post article written by Streib that gives you a … Continue reading How Class Differences Shape Love and Marriage

Corporatocracy and the McDonaldization of Work in Higher Education

In the fifth segment of the fantastic book Cloud Atlas, David Mitchell paints a picture of a future in “Corprocratic” (and post-apocalyptic) Neo Seoul, where its bored, spoiled citizens thrive on gallerias and franchises and are legally required to consume products. In Mitchell’s rationalized future, a surplus of deskilled “fabricants” perform the grunt labor of … Continue reading Corporatocracy and the McDonaldization of Work in Higher Education

Money Changes Everything: The Ascent of Walter White

Have you been watching the Breaking Bad prequel, Better Call Saul? I have and I love it. I swear, Vince Gilligan is a modern-day Rod Serling, nobody since Serling's Twilight Zone has been able to create a morality play like Mr. Gilligan and his crew (the general theme: "be careful what you wish for, you just might get it"). … Continue reading Money Changes Everything: The Ascent of Walter White

R.I.P. Sociology?

Re-posted from a blog by Julie here at e.com last fall, 2014. Thanks to Les Back at The Sociological Review for the inspiration. It’s the holidays and I’m feeling nostalgic, thinking about this time 14 years ago when I was just finishing up my first semester at CSU, Chico. I was a 34-year old college … Continue reading R.I.P. Sociology?

Something Good to Read from Savage Minds

I am going to be out-of-town working for a few days so I've scheduled some posts for the week that we think you should read, in case you missed 'em when they were here before. I'll be back online Friday. The folk at Savage Minds (one of our favorites) are doing a spring Writer's Workshop … Continue reading Something Good to Read from Savage Minds

A Season of Homicides: What Happened to Marc Thompson?

 published December 15, 2014 in the Synthesis (no longer in print) The Boondocks Mountain House and Brush Creek are part of an unincorporated area 25 miles or so east of Oroville, California. They are tiny burgs off the old Oroville-Quincy Highway, on the way to Buck’s Lake Wilderness, Quincy, and countless outdoor opportunities in Plumas … Continue reading A Season of Homicides: What Happened to Marc Thompson?

What Happened to Marc Thompson?

Yesterday was the six-month anniversary of my friend Marc Thompson's murder. Marc was a good friend of mine and a former Sociology student. A few years ago, we made a documentary together called If These Halls Could Talk. The movie also starred our mutual friend Joe Rogers. Like Marc, Joe is a Soc major and in addition to … Continue reading What Happened to Marc Thompson?