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Sociology

Sociology

GENDER AND BOURDIEU

Forthcoming BSA Bourdieu Study Group event: Gender and Bourdieu, “Is doing gender unavoidable?”

Thursday 13th December 2012, School of Law and Social Science, University of East London

Online booking: http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10252

 

Bourdieu first entered the sociological discussion of gender relationships in the 1990s. In 1998 he published  La Domination masculine . Bourdieu argues that the relations between men and women are tied to masculine domination and that this masculine domination or habitus gives men and women a specific role in society.

Bourdieu’s work often causes divisions between feminists. Many argue that although he explored gender relations in his work he paid very little attention to feminist theory, focusing instead on gendering of taste or how structured sexual division of labour generates a sexually differentiated perspective on the world. However, others dispute this insisting that  his contribution has scarcely been recognized by feminists. They claim that one of Bourdieu’s most important insights is that gender is present in all social relationships.  Furthermore, Bourdieu’s work is valuable to feminist approaches because theoretical frameworks and political programmes are always embedded in social relations.

There has been a range of responses to Bourdieu from feminists and this event will aim to bring together different perspectives for discussion with key note speakers: Dr Catherine Hakim,  Dr Lisa Mckenzie and Professor Derek Robbins.

Dr Catherine Hakim is renowned for coining the term ‘erotic capital‘, referring to a person’s  combination of physical and social attractiveness and its power in all social interactions; in the workplace, politics and in public life generally, as well as in the invisible negotiations of private relationships. Her publication Honey-Money: The Power of Erotic Capital  has received large scale mainstream media attention. She has published extensively on changing patterns of employment, women’s employment and women’s position in society, occupational segregation and the pay gap. She sits on the Editorial Boards of several academic journals, including  the European Sociological Review and International Sociology

Dr Lisa Mckenzie’s research has focused upon class inequalities of men and women living on council estates within the UK, using a collaborative ethnographic approach whilst applying the work of Pierre Bourdieu, with particular influence relating to symbolic violence, capital exchange, and power relationships with neo-liberal structures. She currently holds an Early Years Leverhulme Research Fellowship at the University of Nottingham within the school of sociology and social policy. Her current research is a re-study of the 1970 Coates and Silburn St Anns ‘Poverty’ study, focusing upon the changing shapes of community, family, and belonging in contemporary Britain.

Prof Derek Robbins has long been one of the leading exponents of Pierre Bourdieu’s theories in the fields of sociology and is a favourite with the Bourdieu study group. He is Professor of International Social Theory at the University of East London, where he also is Director of the Group for the Study of International Social Science in the School of Law and Social Science. He is the editor of the four-volume collection of articles on Bourdieu in the Sage Masters of Contemporary Social Thought series (2000).

His most recent publication: French Post-War Social Theory sets up a Bourdieusian investigation of the habitus of the five French social thinkers; Aron, Althusser, Foucault, Lyotard, Bourdieu.

As a study group, we’re always very interested in the new ways Bourdieu’s concepts can be applied and hope you will join us for what is likely to be a lively discussion.

The event will take place at the University of East London, Docklands Campus on Thursday 13th December 2012.

Online booking: http://portal.britsoc.co.uk/public/event/eventBooking.aspx?id=EVT10252

 

BSA members £20.00

Non BSA members £30.00    

Please note that our last study group event sold out with a few days. To avoid disappointment please book early.

 

Timetable:

10-30-11.00: Registration and tea and coffee

11.00-12.15: Dr Catherine Hakim key note speech

12.15-13.15: Lunch

13.15-14.30: Dr Lisa Mckenzie key note speech

14.30-14.45: Refreshments

14.45-16.00: Prof. Derek Robbins Key note speech: “La domination masculine and social constructionism”.

16.00-17.00: Discussions with key note speakers

17.00-17.30: Wine reception.

 

Jenny Thatcher

PhD Candidate and Sociology Lecturer

Co-convenor of the BSA Bourdieu Study Group j.thatcher@uel.ac.uk University of East London School of Law and Social Science Docklands Campus University Way, E16 2RD

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

 

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Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

 

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Merchant Bankers

Merchant Bankers

TAX THE RICH: AN ANIMATED FAIRY TALE

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8- minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality.

Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes anymore. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

For more info, go to http://www.cft.org

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc

 

There is a critique of this video: Tax the Rich: A Critiquehttp://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RA21fu9Y4uA  

 

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‘Human Herbs’ – a new remix and new video by Cold Hands & Quarter Moon: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-vyMtfDAs

‘The Lamb’ by William Blake – set to music by Victor Rikowski: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vw3VloKBvZc

Posted here by Glenn Rikowski

The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

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Education Crisis

Education Crisis

CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION AND WORK: UPDATE 1st DECEMBER 2012

EVENTS

FIGHTING FORWARD – A LABOR & WORKING-CLASS SUMMIT

The 2013 conference of the Working Class Studies Association (WCSA)

June 12-15
Madison College – Downtown Campus
Madison, Wisconsin

Join us at the epicenter of the “Wisconsin Uprising” for a gathering of working people, community and labor activists, students and educators focused on building a revitalized movement in support of labor and the working class. Since the start of the Uprising, we have witnessed an historic response by working people to the decades-long assault on our rights and livelihoods. Now is the time to reflect, strategize, and build connections, as we not only continue to fight back against this assault but also move forward in building a better future for labor and working class people. It is time for Fighting Forward!

The Summit will provide an opportunity to celebrate, educate, strategize, share experiences and best practices, and build connections and relationships. The program will incorporate a broad array of activities, including workshops, panels, training sessions, roundtables, cultural exhibitions and performances, strategy sessions, tabling and exhibits, and social activities aimed at building and strengthening connections among participants.

To register or submit a proposal: http://www.fightingforward.org/

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MOVIE: SPECIAL FLIGHT (VOL SPÉCIAL)

Tuesday, December 4
6:45 PM
Bloor Hot Docs Cinema
506 Bloor Street West, Toronto
Suggested donation $2-10

Fernand Melgar / CH / 2011 / 100 min / French with English s.t.

This special screening is co-presented by No One is Illegal – Toronto.

Synopsis: Each year, thousands of men and women in Switzerland are imprisoned without trial or sentence. Simply because they stay in the country illegally, they may be deprived of liberty for up to eighteen months before being deported.

After The Fortress (awarded with the Golden Leopard at the Locarno International Film Festival), which dealt with the reception conditions for asylum seekers in Switzerland, Fernand Melgar takes a look at the other end of the chain, i.e. at the situation towards the end of the migrants’ journey. The filmmaker immersed himself for 9 months in the administrative detention centre Frambois in Geneva, one of the 28 deportation centres for the paperless in Switzerland.

For more info: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/screening/bloor/vol-sp%C3%A9cial

Watch the trailer: http://www.cinemapolitica.org/emvideo/modal/4080/800/600/field_trailer_url/youtube/9vL1PgyL0lk

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TOOLS FOR CHANGE WORKSHOP: ONLINE ORGANIZING & MAKING SOCIAL MEDIA COUNT

Wednesday, January 16, 2013
6:00 PM to 9:00 PM
Toronto, Ontario

This workshop explores how to do effective online campaigning & maximize social media strategies in your projects and campaigns. Participants will explore the benefits and challenges of different online and social media tools, be given useful information about managing online campaigns & social media platforms as well as mobilizing different audiences and tracking results Location: University of Toronto, St. George Campus.  Exact campus room location given to registrants a week before the event.

Trainer: Anil Kanji works as the Supporter Communications Coordinator for Greenpeace Canada, with a focus on digital mobilisation, storytelling, and fundraising. Anil has over 16 years of communications and marketing experience in both the for-profit and no-profit sectors. He has trained with the New Organizing Institute, SmartMeme, and is part of the global Web of Change community.

To register: http://www.eventbrite.ca/event/4808754113/eorg#

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NEWS & VIEWS

VIDEO: TAX THE RICH

Tax the Rich: An Animated Fairy Tale is narrated by Ed Asner, with animation by Mike Konopacki. Written and directed by Fred Glass for the California Federation of Teachers. An 8- minute video about how we arrived at this moment of poorly funded public services and widening economic inequality. Things go downhill in a happy and prosperous land after the rich decide they don’t want to pay taxes any more. They tell the people that there is no alternative, but the people aren’t so sure. This land bears a startling resemblance to our land.

For more info, go to http://www.cft.org

Watch the video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S6ZsXrzF8Cc

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VIDEO: THE CONCEPT OF “FAIRNESS”: POSSIBILITIES, LIMITS, POSSIBILITIES

Critical Social Research Collaborative (CSRC) – the Fourth Annual Conference in Critical Social Research: Faultlines of Revolution!

Keynote address by Michael A. Lebowitz: The Concept of “Fairness”: Possibilities, Limits, Possibilities. The talk draws on Lebowitz’s latest book, The Contradictions of “Real Socialism”. Moderated by Gulden Ozcan.

For more info about the CSRC see http://www.csrcproject.ca

Watch the video: http://www.socialistproject.ca/leftstreamed/ls152.php

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AFTER BLACK FRIDAY’S DAY OF ACTION, WHAT’S NEXT FOR WAL-MART?

by John Logan‚ Beyond Chron

So the day of action at Wal-Mart, the world’s largest retailer, has passed at least for the time being. And it turned out to be much larger than the company’s executives in Bentonville had predicted or care to admit.

Thousands of Wal-Mart workers and their allies protested for better wages, affordable healthcare benefits, full-time jobs and an end to management retaliation for speaking out in at least 100 cities, including in Dallas and Lancaster, Texas, Miami and Kenosha, Wisconsin, and several other locations not known for their activism. Although the final tally will not be clear for some time, “open-source” actions of some kind took place at Wal-Mart stores in 46 different states across the nation, with major demonstrations in California, Washington, New York and Massachusetts.

Read more: http://www.beyondchron.org/news/index.php?itemid=10728#more

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BANGLADESH – 100 PLUS WORKERS BURNT TO DEATH. WALMART AGAIN?

from Facts for Working People

Over 100 people died in a fire in a garment factory in Bangladesh recently.
At least 111 people died and scores of others are missing or injured.
Bangladesh is the second largest exporter of clothing after China. Since 2006 more than 500 workers have died in fires in Bangladesh according to Clean Clothes Campaign an anti-sweat shop group based in Amsterdam. The industry employs more than three million workers in Bangladesh, most of them women.

Outfits like Walmart, Tommy Hilfiger and Gap get clothing produced in these sweat shop death traps. A spokesperson for the Clean Clothes Campaign says that these profit addicted companies “have known for years that many of the factories they choose to work with are death traps. Their failure to take action amounts to criminal negligence.”

Read more: http://weknowwhatsup.blogspot.ca/2012/11/bangladesh-100-plus-workers-burnt-to.html

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HOLIDAY GIFTS WITH A CONSCIENCE

THE MEDIA CO-OP WANTS TO DOUBLE YOUR RADICAL READING THIS WINTER!

Between now and December 5 choose from three great packages for you or for that special radical reader in your life and they (or you) will receive the Dominion magazine before the holidays! If you are giving a gift just make sure to email the name and address of the recipient to our National Sales Coordinator at membership@mediacoop.ca after you make your payment.

– Radical Reading Package – $40 – You get year-long subscriptions (6 issues) to both The Dominion and Briarpatch magazine. This is a saving of 25% over the normal subscription rates.

– Buy Nothing (But This) “Cyber Monday” Sustainer Package – $60 one-time payment or $5/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you will receive 6 issues of both the Dominion and the Briarpatch and one entry into a draw to win two great prizes!

– Smash the System Sustainer Package – $120 one-time payment or $10/month – Sign up as a sustaining member and you’ll receive 6 issues of both The Dominion and Briarpatch, 3 entries into the aforementioned draw, and you will also be the first person on your block to own one of the awesome newly designed Media Co-op t-shirts we will be launching publicly in Winter 2013.

For more info: http://www.mediacoop.ca/holidaypromo

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SHAKE THINGS UP THIS HOLIDAY WITH THE CCPA!

This holiday season, give a gift that inspires ideas and gives hope for a better world—of peace, justice, democracy, and respect for the planet. Support our work by giving a gift from CCPA (Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives) to friends, family, or ask for one yourself! You’ll be contributing to the work we do—and together we’re powerful enough to influence change.

You can support the CCPA’s work in several ways:

– Give a gift membership ($35). This is the perfect gift for the socially concerned citizen. Your gift will directly fund the CCPA’s critical work. The recipient of your gift will receive a one-year membership to the CCPA and10 issues of The CCPA Monitor (Canada’s leading progressive journal).
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-membership

– Make a year-end donation (amount of your choice). Your year-end donation directly supports important new research toward economic, environmental, and social justice. You can make a one-time donation or set up a monthly contribution charged to your credit card. You will receive a tax receipt for 100% of your donation early in the new year.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/year-end-donation

– Give a calendar ($25). A great gift for everyone, the CCPA’s 2013 Calendar: An Agenda for Social Change is not only beautifully illustrated, but also identifies and describes key dates in Canada’s social justice history. Each day provides an opportunity to explore how debates about equality, gender, environment, First Nations, labour, trade and social programs helped shape our development and identity.
http://www.policyalternatives.ca/gift-calendar

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HOLIDAY JOY AT UFW STORE

Why shop at UFW (United Farm Workers) online store this holiday:

– No repair bills from 9 reindeer stomping on your roof.
– No lines, no crowds, no parking, no zombie sales clerks.
– Shop online all night long.
– Your purchase helps farm workers win good union jobs.
– We don’t sell fruitcake and everything we do sell is zero-calorie.

Visit the site: http://www.ufwstore.com/mm5/merchant.mvc?Screen=HOLIDAY&Store_Code=IS0005

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TROUBLEMAKERS ON YOUR HOLIDAY GIFT LIST?

Check out our special holiday packages. The Labor Notes store is stocked with T-shirts for kids and adults, pint glasses, Troublemakers Union knit caps and Troublemakers Union hoodies, now available in red.

Visit the site: https://store.labornotes.org/

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ABOUT CSEW (CENTRE FOR THE STUDY OF EDUCATION & WORK, OISE/UT):

Head: Peter Sawchuk
Co-ordinator: D’Arcy Martin

The Centre for the Study of Education and Work (CSEW) brings together educators from university, union, and community settings to understand and enrich the often-undervalued informal and formal learning of working people. We develop research and teaching programs at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education (UofT) that strengthen feminist, anti-racist, labour movement, and working-class perspectives on learning and work.

Our major project is APCOL: Anti-Poverty Community Organizing and Learning. This five-year project (2009-2013), funded by SSHRC-CURA, brings academics and activists together in a collaborative effort to evaluate how organizations approach issues and campaigns and use popular education. For more information about this project, visit http://www.apcol.ca

For more information about CSEW, visit: http://www.csew.ca

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The Flow of Ideas: http://www.flowideas.co.uk

MySpace Profile: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski

Rikowski Point: http://rikowskipoint.blogspot.com

Volumizer: http://glennrikowski.blogspot.com

Glenn Rikowski on Facebook at: http://www.facebook.com/glenn.rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s MySpace Blog: http://www.myspace.com/glennrikowski/blog

Online Publications at: http://www.flowideas.co.uk/?page=pub&sub=Online%20Publications%20Glenn%20Rikowski

Glenn Rikowski’s paper, Critical Pedagogy and the Constitution of Capitalist Society has been published at Heathwood Press as a Monthly Guest Article for September 2012, online at:

http://www.heathwoodpress.com/monthly-guest-article-august-critical-pedagogy-and-the-constitution-of-capitalist-society-by-glenn-rikowski/

Heathwood Press: http://www.heathwoodpress.com

The Individuality Pr♥test: http://www.kickstarter.com/projects/transcontinental/the-individuality-prtest