Guarani: Film Review

As part of Cine Latino, I watched Solos, a Peruvian film, which I enjoyed, but let’s deep dive into Guarani, which was absolutely sublime. This year’s program has fewer women-centred films than previous Latin film festivals in recent years, but Guarani was so beautifully rendered.

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Sociologist on the Line

During the federal election, in July 2016, when the nation was still optimistic for change.

Sausage sizzle, cakes & second hand books at my local polling booth, Canberra, July 2016.

Australian voting tradition means we eat sausages after participating in democracy.


Airport and Sociology of Class

A delayed flight means sociologists get to do more people watching. Airports are a clear example of class not simply in terms of which groups board first but also the way in which people dress for the flight, the appearance of their baggage and other social clues.

This is Canberra airport.


Driving, Watching, Chocolate

My visual sociology for April, from the Nation’s Capital to Victoria.

The National Portrait Prize 2016 is excellent. Also wonderful is that the “Behind the scenes” video has a sign interpreter on screen. The exigible has an interesting selection of Australian figures that cross class, race, gender and sexuality. 10 April

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Adventures Around Australia

We jump around from Brisbane to Perth to Melbourne to Sydney to Canberra for our visual sociology this November 2015! There’s sociology of gender and the unadulterated love of handmade markets.


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Sociological Definition of Society


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Society is “the complex patterns of #social #relationships.”* Sociology textbooks sometimes define society as “people who interact in a defined space and share culture.” This definition doesn’t quite capture the reality of our globalised lives where cultures flow across borders.

Postcolonial theories study the history of groups who were forced to leave their homelands due to slavery, conflict or other disasters. Around 20 nations dispute their territories and some groups such as the Kurdish and Romani are dispersed across various countries. Societies therefore have a connection to geography but they are not necessarily defined by place. Societies are made up of institutions that socialise us, providing the norms, values, laws, and rules that organise our #behaviour and cooperation.

Citations: 1) The Concise Encyclopedia of Sociology. Ritzer & Ryan (eds). 2) Sociology: A Global Introduction. Macionis & Plummer.