Archive for February, 2009

Actual Baby, not House episode!

February 24, 2009

Today in class I mentioned a picture that
was on the cover of Time magazine. After some research, I found out that this
picture and incident actually inspired the House episode that I was called
out for being mistaken with today (Thanks Matt). This picture was taken when a 
21 week old unborn baby’s hand gripped the surgeons finger from inside his mother’s womb while undergoing a risky
corrective operation for spinal bifida.

I wanted to post this not only to prove Matt wrong, but to also make a point about our discussion today. This picture is very powerful, and I feel that it can be used in the argument discussing when a fetus becomes a person. Although only 5 or 6 months along in the birth process, this baby was able to reach out and grip the doctors hand. I feel that if the baby is capable of doing this at 5 months, then there can be no argument that a baby is not a person until it leaves the womb. Does any one have opinions on this issue?

Baby squeezing finger of surgeon.

“The picture above was on the cover of TIME magazine and likely influenced the “House M.D.” episode.” – Picture taken By Renown Photographer, Michael Clancy 


Christian Patriots slideshow

February 24, 2009

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Matt Mikrut and I, John Behm, read and created a presentation on James A. Aho’s piece “Christian Patriots.” We’ve included in this blog post a link to the slideshow presentation we created on this article. Hopefully it can be used as a reference for everyone in the event they need to be reminded what this topic was about. Hope it’s helpful. Enjoy!

Prince of the City?

February 20, 2009

Fred Siegel talks about the Giuliani era and how New York recovered from the post-progressive doldrums he describes in his earlier essay, ‘Reclaiming Our Public Spaces’.

Saudi Arabian Social Movement

February 18, 2009

Paper Proposal Links

February 18, 2009

Theoristas!  Here’s a little roadmap to some links on the blog that should help you with your papers.  Lessee … well, here’s a post on the question ‘What counts as a theory paper?’  If you’re wondering how you’ll be graded, here’s a post where I uploaded a breakdown of what adds up to a high grade or a low one (phew!–I’m a little whoozy after all those ups and downs).  That post also contains a link to a great Macfarlane video on writing.  Finally, here’s the scoring guide I’ll be using for the final papers.

Some interesting new research out on grading and students’ expectations, BTW.

Movement Conservatives After the 2008 Election: Leaner and Meaner or Kinder and Gentler?

February 18, 2009

@Social Movers:  So, as promised, tomorrow we’ll take a slight pause to consider some questions that have been bubbling under the surface of the syllabus, in blog posts from numerous people, and in our discussions.  Whither conservatism after the 2008 election?  Was Obama’s near-landslide a rebuke of conservative principles, or a sign that conservatives haven’t been conservative enough?  What kind of social movement is ‘movement conservatism’?

I’ve already asked you to read Buckley’s cri de coeur; next, take a look at this widely discussed editorial by David Brooks.  Please look also at a couple of Op-Eds that consider the claim that America is essentially a ‘center-right’ country.  And if I haven’t linked to it before, here’s the video of a panel that took place in the aftermath of the election, wherein Brooks conducts an election postmortem with leading younger right-wing pundits (including the wonderfully understated Jonah Goldberg).  We’ll take a look at some clips in class tomoz; meanwhile, perhaps, this one will tide you over:

Looking for Slums in Levittown Places

February 18, 2009

suburb1.jpg@City Folk:  As we discussed on Monday, Malcolm Gladwell thinks that the suburbs are where people want to be.  So it’s interesting that a new study by the Pew Research Center delivers a somewhat more ambiguous picture of American preferences.  David Brooks, writing in The New York Times, looks at the Pew data and concludes that we want neither Manhattan nor Sprawl, but something in between.  Meanwhile, Christopher Leinberger, a professor of urban planning at the University of Michigan and a visiting scholar at the Brookings Institute, contends that the suburbs are doomed:

Gen Xers and Millennials want a lifestyle closer to Friends and Seinfeld (that is, walkable and urban) than to Tony Soprano (low density and suburban). It’s not that nobody wants Tony Soprano. About 50 percent of Americans actually do want that configuration. But if we’ve built 80 percent of our housing that way, that’s the definition of oversupply. The other 50 percent of Americans want walkable urban arrangements and yet that’s just 20 percent of the housing stock. That’s called pent-up demand. So the market is just responding.

Who’s right?  Aren’t you glad you have a whole paper in which to figure things out?

Soc 370 Max Weber Basic Sociological Terms

February 17, 2009

My notes on the excerpt [Ed.:  After the jump!]—sorry they are kind of long.

Weber Notes: -Basic Sociological Terms 1914


Women On the Left/Women On the Right

February 17, 2009


Even the President’s a City Guy

February 16, 2009
16memo_650.jpg@Urban Sociologists:  As a story in yesterday’s Times pointed out, it’s a little bit odd not having the president take time out at a western ranch or some New England getaway.  Not this POTUS:  black-car caravans through downtown city streets?  Two hours of b-ball on a Sunday morning?  Now that’s (ahem) Urban Contemporary.

p.s.  Check out the quotes former White House spokesman Gordon Johndroe for some of the world’s most blindingly banal observations (‘the opportunity to go back to your home state or your personal home is one that presidents relish’).