Global Ethnic Conflict and Inequality

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: Ethnic Conflict Colonial rule cared little for differences or … Continue reading Global Ethnic Conflict and Inequality


What are social problems?

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?

Women’s Marches Around the Globe

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

Racism and Xenophobia

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

Poverty in the World Society

The United Nations has become one of the leading international organizations creating international norms and discourse. The first goal of its 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development is to end poverty in all its forms everywhere. One strategy the United Nations uses to end poverty is by providing resources and status approved non-governmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs … Continue reading Poverty in the World Society

A World Society Approach to Social Problems

Since World War II, nation-states around the world have adopted surprisingly similar norms and values, particularly around themes of universalism, global citizenship, individualism, scientific progress, and voluntary rational authority. The world society (or world polity) approach explains this global congruence as a result of the growing influence of international, professional non-governmental and intra-governmental organizations applying … Continue reading A World Society Approach to Social Problems