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rampant antitsiganism

10.24.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Whatever the truth behind the Greek “blonde angel” case (which even if true would be a single case, not a collective crime by the Roma as a community… and the un-truth of the Irish blonde-angel case is now established) – the way it has been reported (and not only by the likes of the Daily ...

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daily mail on middle class whiteness and the purity of language

10.11.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

The Daily Mail  really should come with a subtitle “The Sociologist’s Friend” – it is a spring  of examples to be used in undergraduate teaching, e.g. on race and class. Here the Mail’s Nick Harding is deeply concerned about the spread of inner city London accents into the Shires. With her ear glued to her ...

sociology and the bearded bourgeois white men

10.05.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

It has become a common exercise in sociology introductory classes to show students a lineup of the classics (normally Karl Marx, Max Weber, Emile Durkheim) and ask them what these three have in common. Answer: they are all bearded middle-class white males. This is, of course, a valid reminder of one of sociology’s core messages: ...

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continuities of xenophobia

08.02.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

I am not surprised by this revelation in today’s BBC News. Former Chancellor Helmut Kohl wanted to halve the number of Turks living in West Germany in the early 1980s, British official papers cited by a German magazine reveal. He discussed the idea with then UK PM Margaret Thatcher at a meeting in Bonn in ...

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Why a Holocaust Memorial Day?

01.28.2013 · Posted in Uncategorized

Here is why … and in order to remain vigilant – antisemitism is not a thing of the past, but, as Robert Fine reminds us in the latest issue of the European Sociologist (p.4), is often mistaken as such even by those who should be most aware of these things (i.e. us sociologists) One ...

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mixed messages?

12.21.2012 · Posted in Uncategorized

anti immigration attitudes are on a new high – according YouGov figures reported on Liberal Conspiracy – but, according to research by British Future, never before were people so “comfortable” with “mixed-race” partnerships (also reported on Liberal Conspiracy) This leaves me slightly nervous, but also optimistic: attitudes relating to family life tend to be more stable and ...

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