Friday, July 8, 2011

Sociology and....Artisan Perfume? Yes.

Looking for the finest perfume ever? A custom fragrance made just for you, by a parfumeur with a background in sociology? Anomic perfume, you say?

Then check out my latest endeavor: an artisan perfumery. Yes, I got my PhD, and started something completely different!

Go figure.

Never fear, however! I am still teaching sociology, living the glorious life of a mercenary sociologist, teaching-for-hire to the highest bidder, peddling perfume in my spare (ha!) time. And I have two publications coming out this year. So there, suckas!

Didn't want that full-time job anyhow. (Though in my defense, my complete unwillingness to move does limit my options pretty severely.)

And I totally have to be the first sociological perfumer in the world. I hope. What is sociological perfume? I don't know yet. But I'll figure it out.

Saturday, September 4, 2010

I Moved, By The Way

In case you aren't my Facebook "friend," It may quite well have escaped your attention that I am now blogging under my own name. The new blog is more of a free-for-all. And it will not be very heavily updates.

When the spirit moves me, I blog. When it does not, I remain silent.

Sunday, January 31, 2010

A Well-Phrased Question

I wish I wrote these words. They so perfectly capture that elusive idea of social location and the sociological perspective:

What if we all assumed, just for a day, that everyone was doing the best they could to get by. What if we assumed, just for a day, that poor people aren’t poor because they are less worthy, less smart, less hard-working, or just plain less? Where would that leave us?

It would leave us with a lot of questions. It would leave us asking how things got to be this way and what forces are at work keeping them this way. It would leave us wondering about how those inequities relate to accidents of geography, skin color, and birth. It would leave us wondering if those inequities aren’t accidental at all. And it would leave us asking who benefits from us distrusting each other so much.

Go read the rest at BroadSnark.