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Blog post option: Stiglitz on “Of the 1%, by the 1%, for the 1%”

April 8th, 2011 · 1 Comment

Joseph Stiglitz, Nobel prize winner in economics and former Chief Economist of the World Bank, writes in May 2011 issue of Vanity Fair: Americans have been watching protests against oppressive regimes that concentrate massive wealth in the hands of an elite few. Yet in our own democracy, 1 percent of the people take nearly a […]

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Content for April 5th deadline

March 31st, 2011 · No Comments

For the upcoming blog deadline, choose any two items from the list below.  However, if you choose EITHER Mason OR Tilly (directly below), you may focus on that piece only (i.e., the two-item requirement is waived). Recommended (video): “Paul Mason on Meltdown: The End of the Age of Greed,” RSA. (35 min) Recommended (text): “War […]

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Blog posting option: ‘Inside Story’ on cuts & banks

March 30th, 2011 · No Comments

Watch this recent (25 min) edition of the news program, ‘Inside Story’ on Al Jazeera English and do a blog posting for credit (towards the 5 req’d posts).  Posts should integrate at least one other item from the course (text, audio, or video) and are due by April 3rd. From Al Jazeera English: In an […]

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Too Big To Jail?: America’s Theft Inflection Point

March 29th, 2011 · No Comments

Jon Walker (firedoglake.com, 3/17/2011) writes that “in America, there is a very important theft-to-punishment inflection point for the super rich and powerful.” This stylized graph represents a hypothesized relationship between crime and punishment in America: Walker continues: When you steal things of minor value, the value of what you stole is correlated with the level […]

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Attention: Time is Running Out for Blog Postings!

March 28th, 2011 · No Comments

Just a reminder: FIVE blog postings (and TEN comments) are required.  That means you must post on upcoming material five different weeks (by the Tuesday of the relevant week, unless otherwise specified) — and there aren’t many weeks left. Also, if you want a score and credit for your blog post, the title of the […]

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Eligible course material for next blog deadline (3/29)

March 25th, 2011 · No Comments

As you can see, we’re a little behind schedule.  So that means you have extra material to choose from.  In addition to the material originally scheduled for 3/29 and 3/31 (below), you still have another opportunity to blog about Ch. 28 (Rodrik) and the Taibbi video, which we’ll talk about on 3/29.  In addition, for […]

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Eligible material for Tuesday blog posting deadline

March 21st, 2011 · No Comments

Just a reminder, you may blog about any two or more of the following items: Ch. 24, “Globalism’s Discontents,” (Joseph E. Stiglitz) pp. 208-215. * Video: “Commanding Heights: The Role of the Global Economy” (2002), Episode 3: “The New Rules of the Game.” [excerpt, in-class] Recommended (audio-mp3): “Why U.S. Taxpayers Are Paying Brazilian Cotton Growers,” […]

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core(center) & periphery

March 14th, 2011 · No Comments

I received a couple questions about this, so I thought I’d share my responses with the rest of the class.  I’ll repeat this in class prior to the exam for those who miss this post. As you know, this “key term” is listed under more than one reading.  And each author applies this concept/conceptual framework […]

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Benjamin Barber: Scholar for dollars? – Foreign Policy

March 9th, 2011 · No Comments

Over the last couple of weeks there’s been increasing attention to the lavish support for research on “civil society” and democracy furnished by none other than Libya’s Gadaffi clan.  As it turns out, Benjamin Barber is among the scholars receiving substantial funding from the Gadaffi family — and unlike many others, he’s not apologetic.  Below […]

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Midterm review sheet

March 8th, 2011 · No Comments

Here’s the midterm review sheet. SOC 279 Midterm Review Sheet – Spring 2011 It’s also posted in Handouts/Resources.

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Last chance to post before midterm!

March 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Below is the last set of eligible content for blog postings before the March 15th midterm (Ch. 18 is included, since we didn’t get very far into it yet).  Posts should address at least two items.  Especially if you haven’t already, I suggest posting for 3/8 deadline — the exercise can help you prepare for […]

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Assignment 1 – Rubric & References (adding links)

March 5th, 2011 · No Comments

Assignment # 1: grading rubric: Essays will be graded on the basis of content, writing, and formal requirements. Scores will be assigned for each subcomponent below, where: 1 = poor / 2 = needs work / 3 = good / 4 = excellent Content: How well does essay address the following? Geographic move: Change in […]

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Revised pre-midterm schedule

March 2nd, 2011 · No Comments

Below is the schedule/content leading up to the March 15th midterm.  I decided to take out a reading (Stiglitz, Ch. 24) and push it forward.  That leaves us with extra time to go over the material.  Since that Hannerz was a handful, I want to review the key ideas and (competently) present some examples next […]

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Eligible content for 3/1 blogs

February 26th, 2011 · No Comments

Choose at least two items from the list below.  I advise covering at least one text from the course reader (i.e., Ch. 12, 17, or 18), so that you have some analytical framework/concepts to apply to any cases (examples) you might discuss. Ch. 12, “The Global Ecumene,” (Ulf Hannerz) pp. 105-115. Ch. 17, “Strategic Inauthenticity,” […]

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Interview w/Chrystia Freeland on ‘The Rise of the New Global Elite’

February 25th, 2011 · No Comments

Video here: “Tracking the New Super-Elite,” GritTV, 1/7/2011.

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