On February 10 and 11, we held a conference entitled “Mapping Entanglements: Missionary Knowledge and ‘Materialities’ across Space and Time (16th–20th centuries).” Broadly speaking, the conference posited that what we know about missionaries is not the same as what we know… 1,069 more words
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I’m in Muscat, Oman, for a month. I’ve been here for a week and a half and it’s been an interesting experience.
My impression thus far is that there are two Muscats. 996 more words
Social class (or, simply, class), as in class society, is a set of concepts in the social sciences and political theory centred on models of social stratification in which people are grouped into a set of hierarchical social categories, the most common being the upper, middle, and lower classes. 505 more words
As I stated in the previous blog post about sociologist’s study of gender, we – along with other social, behavioral, and biological sciences – attempt to explain the behavior and biology of men and women by distinguishing between the biological differences, social constraints (structure), and cultural practices that lead to the stark differences in their psychology, appearance, and performance. 360 more words
Native Son, a book by Richard Wright, tells a harrowing tale of a black man in 1930s Chicago. Though the story may focus on one specific individual, the existentialist concepts in the novel reflect the idea that some of the crimes committed by Bigger Thomas, the main character, were a result not of purely intrinsic motives, but also were caused by the constant societal forces he had faced from the moment he entered the world of Chicago. 484 more words