The Shining Bill Blakemore

“The Very Angry Tea Party” The New York Times

The Very Angry Tea Party The New York Times

Michel de Certeau

To be lifted to the summit of the world trade center is to be lifted out of the city’s grasp. Ones body is no longer clasped by the city’s streets that turn and return it according to anonymous law; nor is it possessed, whether as player or played, by the rumble of so many differences and by the nervousness of New York traffic. When one goes up there he leaves behind the mass that carries off and mixes up in itself any identity of authors or spectators. An Icarus flying above these waters, he can ignore the devices of Daedalus in mobile and endless labyrinths far below. His elevation transfigures him into a voyeur. It puts him at a distance. It transforms the bewitching world into by which one “was possessed” into a text that lies before ones eyes. It allows one to read it, to be a solar eye, looking down like a god. The exaltation of a scopic and gnostic drive: the fiction of knowledge is related to this lust to be a viewpoint and nothing more.[1]

Michel de Certeau

[1] See Michael De Certeau.  Practice of Everyday Life. University of California Press. 1998: 92.

C. Wright Mills

C. Wright Mills, “The Sociological Imagination” (also at this link)


Plato The Republic: Book I

Plato The Republic

Emile Durkheim

Mechanical Solidarity and Organic Solidarity

The Division of Labor in Society


Durkheim and Anomie- The Human and Animal Condition

Max Weber

The Protestant Ethic and The Spirit of Capitalism

Excerpts from The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism by Max Weber

Max Weber, Economy and Society (Ideal Types)

The Three Types of Legitimate Authority

Georg Simmel

Georg Simmel Metropolis and Mental Life.

Simmel Metropolis and Mental Life

Karl Marx

Capital Volume I: “The Fetishism of Commodities and the Secret Thereof”

Karl Marx

Karl Marx, “The Manifesto of the Communist Party”

Manifesto of The Communist Party

World Wealth Distribution

World Wealth Distribution Report

World Wealth Distribution

Simone de Beauvoir

Simone de Beauvoir “The Second Sex”

The Second Sex Simone de Beauvoir

Michel Foucault

Michel Foucault excerpt from Fearless Speech

Fearless Speech

Michel Foucault, Excerpt from “Subject and Power”


Ferdinand de Saussure

Ferdinand de Saussure, Excerpt from Course in General Linguistics

Ferdinand de Saussure

Sigmund Freud

Sigmund Freud, Excerpt from The Ego and the Id

Franz Fanon

Speech by Frantz Fanon at the Congress of Black African Writers

Sam Roberts,“In Manhattan, Poor Make 2¢ for Each Dollar to the Rich,” New York Times, September 4, 2005.

Also read the New York Times article, “The Shadowy Lines that Still Divide” and browse the other articles on the site that are part of this series.

Adamma Ince, “Preppin’ for Prison Cops in Schools Teach a Generation to Live in Jail,” Village Voice. June 13-19, 2001.

Jonathan Kozol, “Still Separate, Still Unequal: America’s Educational Aparteid,” Harper’s Magazine, September 1, 2005.

Peggy McIntosh, ““White Privilege: Unpacking the Invisible Knapsack.”

New York Times interview with Samuel Huntington.

Jonathan Marks, “A Feckless Quest for the Basketball Gene,” New York Times. April 8, 2000.

Nelson George, “Gangsters—Real and Unreal.”

Terry Williams, excerpt from Crackhouse.

Erving Goffman

Erving Goffman, excerpt from “Gender Advertisements.”

Lynn Huffer, “A Contrarian View: Same-Sex Marriage? No Thanks,” (1-2) OutSmart Magazine, August 12, 2004.

Spencer Ackerman, “Suspect Policy” and “Driving while Muslim.”


The Cartagena Manifesto (1812) by Simon Bolivar.

The United States Declaration of Independnence (1776)

The Art of Noises (1913) by Luigi Russolo.

The Surrealist Manifesto (1924) by Andre Breton

The Futurist Manifesto (1909) by Filippo Tommaso Marinetti

The Cyborg Manifesto by Donna Haraway.

Protests in Egypt The New York Times.

Protests in Egypt The New York Times

“Obama Pushes China On Human Rights” The New York Times

“Obama Pushes Hu On Rights But Stresses Ties To China” The New York Times


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