Daily Archives: July 22, 2015

Community-based Research Methods – Putting Ideas into Action

This article explores how we can more fully engage our students in research and social problems by creating community-based research methods courses. I describe a course I created in which students learned qualitative research methods and then conducted the majority … Continue reading

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Critical Theory and Contemporary Social Movements – Conceptualizing Resistance in the Neoliberal Age

The advent of an unregulated and financial form of capitalism, combined with a sharp rise in income inequalities and economic insecurity since the 1970s, appears to pose, at first glance, a significant challenge for the relevance of the works of … Continue reading

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Capitalism or Information Society? The fundamental question of the present Structure of Society

Theodor W. Adorno asked in 1968: What is the fundamental question of the present structure of society? Do we live in late capitalism or an industrial society? In today’s society, we can reformulate this question: What is the fundamental question … Continue reading

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What Money Can’t Buy: The Moral Limits of Markets

Should we pay children to read books or to get good grades? Is it ethical to pay people to test risky new drugs or to donate their organs? What about hiring mercenaries to fight our wars, outsourcing inmates to for-profit … Continue reading

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