• I found Hebah’s comment about how wearing the niqab is her way to fight the sexualization of women’s bodies very interesting. She chooses to dress this way, and like her I don’t think the government should legislate a dress code. While Mona makes clear she is a feminist, could we say the same for Hebah? […]

  • In the Middle East, examples of democracy being under attack are evident. Dr. Nawal Al Saadawi states that the revolution in Egypt brought men and women together because they were united for a common cause – the resignation of President Mubarak. Post-revolution Egypt faces new challenges, one of them being electing a new president. While […]

  • In Chapter 36, Monroe E. Price argues that modern technologies weaken national control of information, national borders, and the cultural images within these borders. Due to their ability to spread information more smoothly, modern technologies are thought of as being a key to the spread of democracy. Technologies have changed over time, from print to […]

  • The rise of Internet usage and social media has transformed how information is spread. Anyone with internet can become a journalist, if you will, by using their access to social networking websites, like Facebook and Twitter, to release information. Information sent via a Tweet can spread much quicker than traditional news outlets. Additionally, people can […]

  • In Chapter 34, Jessica T. Mathews states that in the post Cold War world, there has been a trend of the declining power of the states and the rise of non-state actors. Non-state actors are business, citizens groups, and international organizations known collectively as nongovernmental organizations (NGOs). NGOs are funded by donations, fees, foundations, governments, […]

  • In Chapter 27, James H. Mittelman argues that globalization has transformed organized crime. Like transnational corporations, crime groups, according to Mittelman, are also economic actors because they use market mechanisms to make money globally. These mechanisms include forming alliances, investing and laundering their capital, using global information networks, and protecting themselves against risks (237). Technological […]

  • 1) Sudhir Venkatesh’s Gang Leader for a Day is an account of his experiences researching life in Chicago’s Robert Taylor housing project. Although Venkatesh wanted to remain an objective observer, this becomes impossible because of the relationship he develops with J.T., who is the leader of a Black Kings sanction in his building. J.T introduces him […]

  • arielleferrara commented on the blog post Research Hypothesis 7 years ago

    Hi, Tiffany. I think you have an interesting topic. Your conceptual hypothesis suggests that media coverage of hate crimes has allowed for these crimes to increase. In order to fine-tune your operational hypothesis, I think you need to focus on a particular target group (ethnic minorities, gay men, etc.) and find out how the news […]

  • Arielle Ferrara Professor Hala Sociology 212W November 17, 2010             For my research proposal, I am interested if there is a relationship between media representations of women and existing gender stereotypes. Conceptual: There are different types of media: magazines, television, film, newspapers, radio, and advertisements. Individuals learn about culturally-based gender role expectations by interacting with the […]

  • Arielle Ferrara Professor Hala Sociology 212W September 9, 2010 For this research assignment I wanted to look at how gender stereotypes are constructed by the media. From early childhood we learned gender roles and expectations from our surroundings, which included the media we were exposed to. However, this is a very broad topic, so I […]