Keep It Contentious

(Cross posted – and better formated! – at the Berkeley Journal of Sociology) If BlackLivesMatter matters, it will be thanks partly its disruptive tactics The #BlackLivesMatter (BLM) movement has been making headlines, but not necessarily friends. When BLM protesters stormed the stage at rallies for Democratic Presidential candidate Bernie Sanders in August 2015, commenters lamented… Continue reading Keep It Contentious

Reflections on Teaching, III: Untitled

I think that—somewhere nestled between “paying for another year of graduate school” and “distracting me from my dissertation”—most TAs optimistically see their function as, on some level, “helping” their students. If you asked me what that meant nine months ago, when I started teaching, I probably would have answered that my “help” would come in… Continue reading Reflections on Teaching, III: Untitled

Reflections on Teaching I: Grading is Symbolic Violence

Teaching Bourdieu is unpleasant. The phrase “structured structures predisposed to function as structuring structures” is one of the worst articulations of a great idea ever. His discussion of “symbolic violence” is equally (which is to say, not very) straightforward. Symbolic violence is: Violence which is exercised upon a social agent with his or her complicity…through… Continue reading Reflections on Teaching I: Grading is Symbolic Violence

You Are Here

The months tick upwards. I tried to write this as four months, rewrite it at five, post it at six. I wish I could say it was because I wanted to say everything perfectly, but it’s not. Life overtakes us, and promises we make glibly to ourselves—“I’ll think of her everyday”—are forgotten fast. She always… Continue reading You Are Here