In addition to the alienating/dehumanizing aspects of working in the fast food industry, as noted by Marx, Weber, and Ritzer, low wages also prevent employees from fully realizing their human potential. Here’s a look at the social movement to increase fast food workers’ wages:
I am teaching a new course this fall 2014 semester called “Environment and Health” (SOCI 367-011). Here’s a brief description:
“Couched in the sociological perspective of popular epidemiology, this course shows students how both traditional epidemiology and citizen-science alliances are at the forefront of environmental and health issues.”
Have you ever heard of a community fighting against a refinery’s pollution? How about communities that are literally on top of toxic soil? What sorts of things, scientific and otherwise, are happening in these communities to address these issues? If community-level health social movements, citizen-science alliances, the social construction of health knowledge, and ethics of sociological research interest you, come join us!
One burgeoning area of interest for sociologists and criminologists is the impact of climate change on crime. Stream an excellent podcast on the issue below, featuring Robert Agnew, from our friends at Office Hours.
Have you ever wondered why speed limits are set to certain speeds? I guess you probably think they have something to do with higher speeds causing more traffic fatalities, right? Wrong. Here’s an interesting quip on the complex relationship between law, social policy, and human health:
Students of sociology and everyone else concerned about the concentration of wealth in the hands of the few need to read this book! Thomas Piketty does a masterful job extending Marx’s historical analysis to contemporary times.
Students of Dr. Watchendorf’s SOCI 471 – Disasters, Vulnerability, and Development course will be showcasing their student films on May 16th. I was interviewed for one of the films on environmental justice issues in urban areas. All of the films, which are open to the public and UD community, focus on the environment and disaster related issues. See the flier here for more detailed information. Come celebrate each of the student films and their achievements!