Category Archives: Public Sociology

Nearly 60% of young children are social justice activists – a future full of Elin Erssons

  Since 21-year-old Swedish student Elin Ersson live streamed her protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker, the video has been viewed more than 11m times on Facebook. The young woman refused to sit down until the man was removed, announcing to the camera and her fellow passengers: “I’m doing what I can […]

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In defense of social justice

  I feel the need to come to the defense of social justice—both against those who discredit it and against those who have abused it. It is a concept that lies at the heart of Catholic social teaching, and I am not going to sit by, as a Catholic professor of law and of philosophy, […]

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Toward a Pedagogy of the Heart

  Some academics may want to present an image of detachedness from issues of social justice in the classroom, writes Jomaira Salas Pujols, but I cannot be that person. Recently, I was teaching my race relations class when I slowly started to feel my body get warm and my heart beat faster. My words became […]

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UCLA makes students pay classmates to promote ‘social justice’

  The University of California-Los Angeles has hired 18 students at $13 per hour to combat “social injustices” and “privilege and oppression” following a semester-long recruitment campaign. Hosted by the UCLA Intergroup Relations Program, the Diversity Peer Leaders project is a year-long internship during which students facilitate workshops on social justice issues in exchange for […]

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Starbucks and the Issue of White Space

  What’s most crucial isn’t whether a company can diminish bias among its employees. It’s the acknowledgment that bias is so pervasive it has to try. Elijah Anderson, a professor of sociology and African-American studies at Yale, has spent much of his career exploring the dynamics of African-American life in mostly black urban environments. Three […]

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