I am teaching a Population class here in Chico, California, this semester. Sometime during the class, I generally ask students about how many children there are in their families, and what their own fertility intentions are. To avoid the complications of the modern family, divorce, remarriage, and so forth, I break it into three questions, … Continue reading Asking How Many Children Your Mother Has is a Complicated Survey Question!
This blog was originally posted in 2010. However, the issues raised I think are timeless. "Debates" about crime and immigration reappear it the presses around the world periodically, usually without much context. Rather a person who happens to be an immigrant is caught doing a crime, and then inferences is made to all members of a … Continue reading The Connection between Crime and Immigration: A Complicated but not Conflicted Issue
Schools primarily teach vocabulary and inflection, styles of dress, aesthetic tastes, values, and manners only 1 percent of American teenagers attend independent private high schools of an upper class nature. (G. William Domhoff Who Rules America? 1998, 80–81). The schools for the “1 percent” of teenagers, in America or elsewhere, are isolated from … Continue reading How the Rich Educate Their Children: A Tale of a Swiss Hogwarts Academy
This is an extract from our book Prison Vocational Education in the United States. Palgrave MacMillan 2016, by Andrew J. Dick, William Rich, and Tony Waters. The passivity of the education administrators was at first striking, but I came to understand it as a normal response to this system where the concept of safety … Continue reading Prison Vignette: Educators Only Whisper in a Custody World
German has two words for the English word “education.” Erziehung describes the school system, and the mechanics of what is taught and conveyed from the world of adults to that of children in order to “bring them up.” Focus is on skills adults need like literacy, numeracy, history, and the factual basis citizens need … Continue reading “Building Bildung,” and Other Improbabilities among German University Undergrads
Translated by Tony Waters, Jiranan Sirikunpahisan (Taew), Airin Horatschek (Airin), Kwanjira Wiwattana (Palm), Mayweya Koryaklang (Fang), Kuansiree Suanek (Meaw), Supon Phonchatchawankun (Su), Thirawit Pung-nagm (Thor), Krittaporn Ruankaew (Yo), Hande Yilmaz (Hande), Sasithorn Katika (Cake), Nattaporn Chantajitpreecha (Nati) Note: This is a translation by a Thai author, 'Rong Wongsawan about his trip in California in 1976. … Continue reading A Reading of “On the Back of the Greyhound Dog: The Golden Sunshine” By ‘Rong Wongsawan
Here is a test on graduation songs. I have actually been to many graduations, and each of them has special songs performed. Most of them I have long-since forgotten. But four of them I remember. Here are some of the places I have been to graduations. See if you can match the song with the … Continue reading Graduation Season, and Graduation Songs, from “Free Bird” to “Onward Christian Soldiers”
Hey, hello. I haven’t been here for a while. For the last year, Tony and Bill have been keeping things running here at ethnography.com while Marianne’s piece, “The McDonaldization of Higher Education” continued to be our top post week after week. You probably also caught Chunyan’s series on the Sociology of food and how we might … Continue reading Hey, I’m Back
My wife and I recently completed re-translating Max Weber’s classic essay “Politics as Vocation” which is part of a book Weber’s Rationalism and Modern Society. The essay is about how the nature of politics, which is about the exercise of power, creates the type of human-being who is accustomed to telling other people what to … Continue reading Vanity as an Occupational Disease–Of Politicians (and everyone else)!
That’s right, Max Weber, the dour looking social theorist on the cover of your social theory text made jokes. How do I know this? Well, my wife and I just published a new book Weber’s Rationalism: New Translations on Politics, Bureaucracy, and Social Stratification, and this post is an essay about why you should read … Continue reading Max Weber was a funny guy!
By Chunyan Song March 30th Thursday was a regular teaching day for me at Chico State. After I finished the last class of the day, I went back to my office and checked my emails. My son Lucas’ 4th grade teacher Mr. Pembroke had just sent a really odd email minutes before. “Folks, I … Continue reading Something Happened At My Son’s School: Guns in a Backpack!
(Last week I posted about vigilante justice in Tanzania. It happens in the United States, too, which is what this story is about. As with the previous post, this is an extract from my book When Killing is a Crime, 2007 Lynne Rienner Publishers). Ken McElroy was shot and killed while sitting next to his … Continue reading “That was a Real Nice Truck” Vigilante Justice in Skidmore, Missouri, USA