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Sociological or anthropological studies on insular or peninsular cities?

I'm looking for academic-level writing on the ways that cities that are built on islands or peninsulas, or in geographically isolated areas, develop and behave differently from cities that are more easily and fully connected to other cities. This would be about the mindset and attitudes and not about urban planning or infrastructure. I'm thinking these may be anthropological or sociological studies. They may even just be a thought pieces or essays. I could swear I saw one that talked about Manhattan and Charleston, but I can't find it.
posted by Mo Nickels on Mar 26, 2014 - 5 answers

 

Moving beyond Sokal?

I am interested in articles that try to analyze and explain the conflict between the hard and soft sciences. In my casual web surfing I have come across e.g. highly-trained scientists who yet express a deep disdain for fields as open-ended and far-ranging as sociology, feminism, queer theory, postmodernism, and so on, sometimes even economics, psychology. I find such attitudes hard to comprehend, and even disturbing since my educational background is in the applied sciences. Which are the important works that have been done to better understand this ongoing social/intellectual gap, and that are presented in a readable manner for a non-expert?
posted by polymodus on Jan 4, 2014 - 10 answers

Are cliques the result of human nature, or a cultural/societal thing?

OK... I'm probably going to mangle this question, because I'm not a sociologist or anthropologist, or remotely knowledgeable in those fields. So, I'm probably using all my terms incorrectly. But, long story short - it's been my experience that most behaviors that laypeople, in casual conversation, call "human nature" are really just cultural phenomena. In other words - a behavior that someone from the United States thinks is "human nature" might be completely absent in another culture or society. It that's true - then it's not really "human behavior" at all. So - my question - is the tendency for kids in grade school to form cliques "human nature" - or a phenomena that's specific to certain (e.g., our) cultures? [more inside]
posted by stuehler on Nov 5, 2013 - 17 answers

History of Sociology of Religion; Why Bellah Doesn't (Much) Cite Eliade

Why does Mircea Eliade get short shrift in Robert N. Bellah's Religion in Human Evolution? [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 18, 2012 - 3 answers

Remind me

Looking to find either the author's name or his article. [more inside]
posted by Postroad on Nov 12, 2012 - 3 answers

Help me find a recent article/blog about people behaving like corporations?

I read (and failed to bookmark) an article or blog post a week or two ago that drew parallels between the idea of "corporate personhood" and the "quantify everything, optimize your own happiness" ethos shared by many young people today. Basically the gist of it was that many people were emulating corporate "persons" rather than real people as role models. Can you help me find it?
posted by idontlikewords on Aug 24, 2012 - 5 answers

Culture and groupthink.

Is there a cultural dynamic to groupthink? [more inside]
posted by espada0 on Mar 25, 2012 - 7 answers

Looking for data showing differing beliefs, despite the same label, across countries

I'm looking for data on public opinion varying across countries, particularly from folks who claim the same affiliation-- say, "progressive", or "socialist"-- but turn out to believe different things depending on the country they're living in. [more inside]
posted by ibmcginty on Dec 5, 2011 - 1 answer

Looking for books similar to the "Up" series by Michael Apted

Looking for books that revisit a person or groups of people at different points in their lives, a la the "Up" series by Michael Apted. [more inside]
posted by reenum on Mar 7, 2011 - 5 answers

The Times They Are a-Changin'

In order to prepare a competitive examination, I've got to delve deep into North American counterculture history. What should I read ? [more inside]
posted by nicolin on Feb 8, 2011 - 26 answers

Films Where Gay Actors Play Gay Characters

Which gay characters in mainstream films have been played by gay actors? [more inside]
posted by mtphoto on Mar 14, 2010 - 28 answers

Por favor: help me find "cultural immersion" podcasts

I used to enjoy a podcast titled "Josh in Japan" produced by an ordinary guy living in Japan who talked about his daily experiences adjusting to Japanese culture. I am looking for other podcasts in this vein. [more inside]
posted by Piscean on Oct 15, 2009 - 4 answers

Soch. Programs studying us and me

What are some sociology phd programs where I would be supported in (where research is already being done) studying the interaction between social-psycology (micro-interaction) and culture. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 8, 2009 - 2 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Learning Unfamiliar Cultures

Please help me learn more about cultures different from my own? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

Til Death Do Us Part?

Are we a monogamous species? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 14, 2008 - 30 answers

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 answers

What am I getting myself into?

The Seattle Freeze: What am I getting myself into? [more inside]
posted by vitrum on Oct 12, 2007 - 22 answers

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"?

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Sep 24, 2006 - 5 answers

What can I learn about women's changing roles in the world?

In the U.S., we get all caught up in the decisions that adult women make and the consequences of those decisions. (To have children, not to have children, to work, to stay home with the children, not to work, to marry, to have children without marrying, etc.) Are there similar convulsions about these cultural issues in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones? How can I learn about them? I'm curious both about how women's roles in in their societies are changing and about how those societies are reacting to the changes.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Life under the Midnight Sun

I'm looking for good media resources (especially books) on the lands of the midnight sun (and ?daytime darkness?). Works that cover sociology, culture, work habits, sleep habits and other interesting aspects and adaptations of people living in such conditions.
posted by daksya on Jun 13, 2005 - 7 answers

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