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Tuesday, May 30th, 2006
7:46 am - Unity08 launch targets the American mainstream

Interesting fodder here. If this group gets some traction, it signals a pretty major cultural shift. I hope.
New Political Organization Seeks to Elect Bipartisan “Unity Ticket” in ‘08
- Group headed by prominent Republican and Democratic leaders
- Poll: 85 percent say country so polarized that Washington solve nation’s problems
- Ticket to be chosen via first-ever online convention
- "...everybody we've talked to outside the political establishement gets it immediately."
by Sam Smith
Tuesday, May 30, 2006
8:00 am EDT

Denver, CO - A prominent group of centrist political activists who have become disenchanted with the increasing polarization of American politics today launched a new initiative called Unity '08. This effort has as its primary mandate to present voters an "alternative ticket...headed by a woman and/or man from each major party, or by an independent who presents a Unity Team from both parties. By electing a Unity Ticket to the White House, Unity08 plans to force the country’s Democratic and Republican leaders to cease their runaway focus on the issues of outlying special-interest groups and once again align with the aspirations and will of average Americans."

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Tuesday, April 25th, 2006
10:10 pm - Interesting Analogy

Isn't it very interesting about the controversies of religious leaders. The Western journalists and newscasters were amazed at the violent response to the Danish cartoons pertaining to the prophet Mohammad and the backlash. Now the Western church leaders in the United States are getting upset with The DaVinci Code, there is not the violence but the analogy is somewhat clear. Both stories seem to be giving images of religious leaders and founders does cause some disgust among the followers.

current mood: contemplative

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5:54 pm - Summer Dissertation/Prospectus Work Group

After discussions with several colleagues in various fields and fora, I've set up an online workgroup for summer work. The group is primarily targeted at those writing prospectuses, but academics at any stage are welcome: writing chapters, writing other essays/articles, etc., so long as you're writing something.

[Bad username: Click here for more details, if you're interested.]

The group is designed to help provide accountability and feedback for the very unstructured summer months. Members will be divided into clusters of about 5-6 people, with each member required to post something at least every two weeks and comment on others' posts. Clusters will be loosely formed around academic fields: social sciences, humanities, natural sciences, etc. (Non-English-language clusters are possible if interest exists; please note that in your email/comment.)

The site is hosted on my university's course and project management software and allows users to upload documents, have online discussions and chats, conduct dialogues via email, and more. This is a secure and protected site, and all members will be screened.

To Join the Group:
1) Please provide the following information: Your email address (required for login on the software), your field of study (chemistry? literature?), where you are in the process (prospectus, chapters, working papers, etc.), and if possible something on your topic/research interests.

2) You may provide the information via:
a) a comment here or on my personal journal, drenilop (which you can delete after posting if you're worried about privacy concerns; it will be emailed to me)
b) an email to leanne_p_2@yahoo.com

Crossposted all over the place. Feel free to crosspost to subject-matter or other related groups, or circulate in your departments, though please change contact information to remove comments to your post rather than mine. :-)

current mood: busy

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Tuesday, April 4th, 2006
3:45 pm - grad school search methods?

I'm looking into graduate programs in social work. I intend to get an MSW, but plan to go into private practice psychotherapy as opposed to being a case worker or something similar.

It's my understanding that certain programs tend to focus on certain things and I was told that some programs, for example, may be more geared to preparing students for counseling than others.

Is there any way to search for programs with a certain emphasis short of just compiling a list of 300 or more social work programs across the US then reading about each one -- something that seems hugely time-consuming? I guess I'm just wondering if there is any kind of web program or book or database that makes searching more simple -- you know, someplace where you can specify certain criteria then get related results.

Anyone have any advice in general on making one's grad school searching as efficient as possible?

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Sunday, April 2nd, 2006
6:29 pm - Globalization, Terrorism, and Identity

So for my Politics Capstone I decided to do a paper on "Globalization, Terrorism, and Identity". Why? Because we have to incldue two of the three themes of the course, Globalization, Terrorism, & The Drug Trade. I threw identity into my mix because well I like thinking about how identity structures the political and social dynamic. Identity is like an armiture these concepts are built upon, maybe.
So the first two subjects are being modefied and redefined and examined by means of the third. Which so far has been very interesting, but maybe someone might want to check out the first bits of what i have so far:
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~ Cheers and thanks

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Tuesday, March 21st, 2006
11:30 am - Online Study

Hello. My name is Michelle and I am new to this community. I am in the midst of recruiting participants for an online study on relationship views. The study takes less than 15 minutes and it involves completing a variety of questionnaires. If you are interested in partaking in this study, visit the following url: http://sedlab6.psy.soton.ac.uk/dmitri/relfun4/relfun4.html
Before you can load the program, you need to ensure that you have Java Runtime Environment installed on your computer. To download Java Runtime Environment visit http://www.java.com


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Sunday, March 5th, 2006
2:42 pm - MA Thesis Research

Hello fellow LiveJournalists,
I am currently conducting a survey for my MA thesis in Sociology on LiveJournal bloggers and perceived social effects. Effectively, I am researching the idea of: Does keeping a LiveJournal have social and/or intra/interpersonal effects? Some livejournalers have mentioned that they get in fights with friends over what they post on their journal, others have said that having a livejournal creates unnecessary ‘drama’ in their lives. Would you agree? How has keeping a livejournal affected you? This survey will ask questions regarding those topics.

Would you like to participate? Participants must be over the age of 16 and from one of (or living in) the following countries; USA, New Zealand, Canada, Australia, and the United Kingdom. This survey will not ask for your name or any identifying information, and will be confidential.

The surveys will be administered via a SSL (Secure Socket Layer) technology, which will encrypt your data.

The surveys will take some time to complete, but you are able to come back to the survey and complete it at a later time (if you need time to reflect on the questions, etc) provided that you do it from the SAME computer you began with. The survey does use cookies to enable participants to return to the survey at a later time. However, all data will be gathered on March 31st, 2006, so please make sure you complete the survey by then. If interested in the results or if you have a comment or question for the researcher, please join blogthesis

This survey asks about your live journal habits, and the impacts keeping a LiveJournal. You can return to the survey at any time, provided you are at the SAME computer that you began the survey at. All results will be confidential and in no way will any respondents be dentifiable. This is a very intensive survey, with many open ended questions and will take some time to complete. However, despite the effort, this survey should provide some insight into the technological processes which shape our lives, and the way in which LiveJournal impacts
your life.

If interested in taking the survey, please Click here to take survey

To the mods of this community, if this ia an inappropriate place to recruit participants, please let me know and I'll take this notice down.. Thanks. (:

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Saturday, January 28th, 2006
4:01 pm - A bit of confusion on my part

The rational choice theory writings I've been exposed to thus far have all been sociological and economic writings state that people make choices based on rationally thinking about what maximizes their potential to achieve their goals (usually things like survival or material gain). Those writings came across as based on conjecture about human nature instead of research into it. The psych research findings I've been exposed to as a whole all seem to indicate that people make decisions more on their emotional states at the moment.

In spite of findings from the latter, I understand that many sociologicsts and economists continue to embrace the rational choice theory. Given that my own personal experiences run counter to rational choice theory it confuses me terribly that professional researchers would continue to advocate the rational choice theory as such. So I ask this admittedly open-ended question with all due sincerity. Am I missing something?

Cross posted to economics, sociology, psychology, and my LJ.

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Monday, January 23rd, 2006
6:43 pm

I recently got bored and decided to create a new Live Journal community for discussion and debates on culture and politics: each separately, how they work together, whether or not they can ever truly be considered apart. Ideally it’s interdisciplinary and any view is welcome so long as it is backed up.

It’s a place to discuss popular culture, subcultures, politics, social and political theory and its relation to actual contemporary life, and so on.

One thing I’d like to distinguish this community is a rule against ranting/”yelling”/general self-righteousness. Ideally I’d like it to be a place for calm and rational discussion and debate. Calling someone names or ganging up on them is discouraged.

If anyone is interested, please by all means join. If some reasonable amount of people join, perhaps we can start discussing something. I have some things in mind and anyone else is welcome to contribute.


Cross-posted to: sociologists, culture_studies, post_modernism, culturalanthro

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Friday, January 13th, 2006
4:19 pm
plainoljane Jennifer Welsh's Foreign PolicyCollapse )


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Thursday, January 12th, 2006
12:14 am

Ok, so Amazon is having a sale, and I'm feeling academic.

Good general base books to start out with for someone in soc looking at general "books I'll need to quote in every paper", and interesting ones on social class and occupational, maybe some deviance here and there.

xed to other soc ones.

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Monday, December 26th, 2005
4:46 pm - Repeat request for help with graduate thesis research
lhtouchton Hi, everyone,

Please excuse the repeat posting if you saw this a few weeks ago. I'm in the final stages of data collection for my graduate research project on body image and sexuality, and while I've had a wonderful response so far (and thank you to those of you who helped me!), I just wanted to try for one last push for more data before my survey closes at the end of the month. Thank you for your tolerance and assistance!

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Thursday, December 15th, 2005
2:17 pm

I've come across the phrase "official deviants," and I can come up with about a thousand ways to interpret it, and no luck in finding out what it means. The context would be sociology, any ideas?

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Tuesday, November 22nd, 2005
11:42 pm - Introduction, and request for assistance with graduate research project
lhtouchton Greetings - I hope this is an acceptable place to post this information and a request for assistance with my graduate research - I've tried to make this as unobtrusive a post as possible. Thank you for your tolerance and assistance!

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Friday, November 11th, 2005
9:16 pm

hello all

i'm doing a final paper in sociology regarding inequality, i chose a gender research question
regarding inequality thru socialization process as established in children books and if it changed throughout time?! (i'm gonna overview the 50's, the 60's and after the "feminism" time- 70's and till now).. i'm gonna focus on western society..
i'm from Israel (that's another issue to discuss about some other time :P) so i need to dig into children books from here.. but.. i would like to add some (it's an option i'm still trying to figure out) international western society culture influences. . (most of the books here getting translated to Hebrew)
so if you please search you memory lane and nostalgic warm feeling and point some children books you loved (their name and if it's possible their Author's name) i would deeply appreciate it

thank you so much


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Sunday, November 6th, 2005
5:42 pm

Does anyone know anything about the quality of the organization FLACSO in Latin America? I am looking for education, internship, research, and/or work opportunities in Ecuador. I'd like to live there for a year and would like to do something worthwhile while there. My broad interests are Anthropology, Sociology, Culture Studies and Dance.

¿Alguien sabe algo sobre la calidad de la organización FLACSO de Latinoamerica? Busco oportunidades de educación, investigación, prácticas, y/o trabajo voluntario o remunerado en Ecuador. Me gustaría vivir allí por lo menos un año y mientras quisiera hacer algo valioso allí. Mis intereses generales incluyen Antropología, Sociología, Estudios Culturales, y Danza.

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Thursday, November 3rd, 2005
1:58 pm - "I love history....but I hated it in school."

Check it out.

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Saturday, October 29th, 2005
8:55 pm - Social studies teachers, lend me your ears:

A community for social studies teachers and appreciators.Collapse )

x-posted everywhere

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Sunday, October 16th, 2005
4:48 pm

Alright guys, I am doing a survey for my research methods class and I need to get as many people as possible. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE fill this out. It would help me a bunch. You can email it to me at thequirkyone@gmail.com or comment here. I have made all comments private so nobody but me will EVER see your answers. Thanks so much!!! I just need a large representative sample, that is why I am posting it here. Thanks:) And I put it behind a cut, for those that get annoyed with long posts.

This research is being conducted in partial fulfillment for an assignment in Sociology Research Methods. The data collected will be used for class purposes only. I promise to maintain your confidentiality and will NOT share any identifying information (e.g.: your name) with my instructor or other students in the class.

EDIT TO ADD: Apparently when you do this in a community, only moderators can view replies that are screened. However! Do not fear. I have all replies to my entries sent to my email, so I got all of your replies so far. To ensure confidentiality, PLEASE email me and no longer comment (unless you don't care about mods seeing your answers).

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cross-posted to a bunch of places

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Tuesday, October 4th, 2005
8:10 pm

I'm looking for a data set that can let me get at educationa attainment, race, SES and most importantly extracurricular activities - either at the school level or at the student level. Does anyone have any ideas?

Crossposted to sociologists and stat_geeks.

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