Category Archive: sociology

Stop Suicide! Annette Beautrais should Resign

I strongly endorse Dave Macpherson’s call for Annette Beautrais to resign. https://thedailyblog.co.nz/2017/08/30/public-statement-on-call-by-prof-annette-beautrais-for-silence-on-suicide/ She is committed to a failed theory that talking about suicide causes it. This is an unscientific and deeply flawed theory… Continue reading

Auckland: Antipodal Portal of Empire

[Note: this essay is 10 years old and I will add an update shortly] Introduction: the boomtown rap (1) What is the relationship between Auckland as the major city in Aotearoa/New Zealand and… Continue reading

Talking about Suicide

The Tyranny of Silence When my son Bruno killed himself in January 2007 my first impulse was to talk about it. I, my partner, and the rest of my family, came up immediately… Continue reading

Saint Jacques: Derrida and the Ghost of Marxism

  Introduction For the bourgeoisie, the collapse of “communism” made the world-historic victory of capitalism seem certain. Yet the contradictions of capitalism immediately called the new world order into question as globalisation brought… Continue reading

Situations Vacant

Marx and Engels looking forward This is a session on ‘Social Critics’ and ‘Public Intellectuals’. But what do these terms mean in the current context? What ‘Society’? What ‘criticism’? What ‘Public’? What ‘intellectuals’?… Continue reading

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