The Social Movement to Increase Fast Food Wages

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:

http://mic.com/articles/98002/24-photos-of-fast-food-workers-across-the-country-fighting-for-a-decent-wage?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

 

 

Vaccines, Fist Bumps, & Coconut Water

I was recently interviewed by Richard Gordon, creator and host of Campus Voices at the University of Delaware, about my work on the rhetoric of anti-science.  Have a listen:

http://sites.udel.edu/campusvoices/2014/08/28/perezrhetoric/

Many thanks to Richard for allowing me to come on the air a second time (!), and to his new intern Sarah for her hard work throughout the interview.

UPDATE: a recent, timely discussion of the controversy surrounding anti-vaccine rhetoric in the media:

http://mic.com/articles/97628/an-anti-vaccine-truther-claims-there-s-a-cdc-cover-up-here-are-the-actual-facts?utm_source=policymicFB&utm_medium=main&utm_campaign=social

UPDATE 2: more data on recent increases in preventable diseases among children:

http://mic.com/articles/98330/the-case-for-vaccinating-your-kids-in-one-alarming-chart

Environment and Health

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!

Student Documentary

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!

Disaster Documentary Screening 2014