SocProf Goes To Kenya

That’s right! I am almost done packing and will catch an early morning flight tomorrow to London then to Nairobi. I will be spending most of my time in Kenya, then to Zambia.

I will be offline (literally, no computer, no cellphone, no TV) for about two weeks. See you then! I will have tons of photos to share.

What Kind of Punctuation am I?

Via Wicked Anomie .

You Are a Colon

You are very orderly and fact driven.

You aren’t concerned much with theories or dreams… only what’s true or untrue.

You are brilliant and incredibly learned. Anything you know is well researched.

You like to make lists and sort through things step by step. You aren’t subject to whim or emotions.

Your friends see you as a constant source of knowledge and advice.

(But they are a little sick of you being right all of the time!)

You excel in: Leadership positions

You get along best with: The Semi-Colon

The Creepy Story of the Day

From Der Spiegel:

“Must consensual sex between close relatives be punished? Germany’s highest court is about to rule whether incest will continue to result in a jail term. It is referring to the case of a brother and sister who have already had four children together.”

Holy !@#$

And then, there’s this:

“Their case touches an age-old taboo, it’s exotic and tragic at the same time.”

Huh, no, it’s not exotic (tragic, probably)… it’s creepy… and illegal in Germany. Which is why the man has already served two years in prison and might have to serve more unless the Court say otherwise.

“The key issue is whether the protection of a powerful moral taboo is sufficient justification for punishment. And whether there are reasons beyond that taboo for locking someone up, for depriving children of their father, a woman of her partner.”

That is a certainly a legitimate question but then, there are issues when people engaging in this start reproducing. The article also provide some family history and that certainly explains (somewhat). The siblings did not grow up together. They only met when the man was 23 because he had been in foster care most of his life as a result of his father trying to kill him when he was three. His younger sister is mentally slow and so are their first two children. Their third child had a heart problem that was fixed by surgery (you’d think they’d get the hint and stop breeding). The woman involved has been under social workers’ supervision.

Anyway… it’s creepy.

I Have Been Tagged with the Latest Sociological Meme

From my brilliant colleague Tina at Sozlog:

“Pick sentence 6-8 on page 123 of the nearest book, write them down and pass the game on to 5 other bloggers.”

Tina’s annoyed with this, but I am not! I like memes! They’re like chain mails for the cool kids!

The book is Saskia Sassen’s A Sociology of Globalization. Here is the quote:

“One can no longer think of centers of international business and finance simply in terms of their corporate towers and corporate culture. The larges Western city of today concentrates diversity. Its spaces are inscribed with the dominant corporate culture but also with a multiplicity of other cultures and identities.”

Chew on that for a while… actually, this is typical global city speak from Saskia Sassen (who, by the way, is an absolutely delighful person and someone I consider THE Global Sociologist before that was a cool blogger pseudo… well, along with a few others :-)) .

Ok, I hereby tag

New Soc Prof

Kieran Healy

The Very Public Sociologist


Lisa and Gwen from Sociological Images

(I would have tagged Andrew but Tina beat me to it!)

Have at it, folks!

What Book Am I?

I guess I have to read it now:

You’re The Things They Carried!

by Tim O’Brien

Harsh and bitter, you tell it like it is. This usually comes in short, dramatic spurts of spilling your guts in various ways. You carry a heavy load, and this has weighed you down with all the horrors that humanity has to offer. Having seen and done a great deal that you aren’t proud of, you have no choice but to walk forward, trudging slowly through ongoing mud. In the next life, you will come back as a water buffalo.

Take the Book Quiz
at the Blue Pyramid.

I am a Brainiac

You Are a Total Brainiac


You’re amazingly brilliant. Some would even say genius.
You’re curious, thoughtful, analytical, and confident.You take on difficult subjects because you want to… not because you have to.No field of knowledge is too complicated or intimidating for you.You’ve got the brains to do anything you want.It’s possible you end up doing everything you want.

Are You a Brainiac?