Early in human history, when nations began to form and humanity entered the age of exploration and colonization, religious wars were largely supplanted by ethnic conflict. Like the earlier post on global inequality, colonialism is a major player in contemporary ethnic conflict and inequality. Img source: https://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/Atlas_of_colonialism Ethnic Conflict Colonial rule cared little for differences or … Continue reading Global Ethnic Conflict and Inequality
Global poverty and inequality has been a topic of debate for decades. Commentators note the devastating effects of extreme poverty on health, human development, life expectancy, and more. The United Nations set "eradicate extreme poverty and hunger" as a Millennium Development Goal with the intent to: Halve, between 1990 and 2015, the proportion of people … Continue reading Global Poverty and the Legacy of Colonialism
Social problems are general conditions in society that are harmful to a significant number of people. Social practices facilitated by power structures create, perpetuate, reinforce, or resolve economic, social, cultural, or environmental harms. As social problems often are felt most keenly by disadvantaged groups, powerful groups may not even be aware that a problem exists. … Continue reading What are social problems?
I can always tell on the first day of class whether it’ll be a winner or a dud. If the teacher makes a good impression, it’ll be great. If not, well … if it ain’t good, then it ain’t gonna get better (Student quoted in Friedrich and Cooper 1999, 287). Because so much housekeeping is … Continue reading Icebreakers for an Effective First Day of Class
Women, Crime, and Law / Feminist Criminology Professor: Danielle MacCartney, PhD Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Twitter: @profdmac Blog: worldsocietyblog.wordpress.com Insta: daniellemaccartney This course takes an interdisciplinary lens to analyze the role that gender plays in the law and in the criminal justice system. Topics include female offending, women and girls in the criminal justice … Continue reading Women, Crime, and Law Syllabus
Yesterday, millions took to the streets to march for women's rights, racial and economic justice, environmental rights, and more. Comments from now US President Donald Trump that his celebrity entitled him to "Grab ’em by the pussy" inspired activists to organize a protest march following Trump's inauguration. The Intersections of Race, Class, Gender, Sexuality, Religion … Continue reading Women’s Marches Around the Globe
The concept of “race” has been hotly debated at least as far back as World War II, when the United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) began examining the concept. In general, race is used to refer to largely biological and genetic indicators, while ethnicity is used to refer to distinctive cultural patterns. However, … Continue reading Racism and Xenophobia