News from 01/2014

30 January 2014

Modernity Knocking on Ukraine’s Door

The day after prime minister Mykola Azarov and his government resigned in the face of ongoing street protests, the opposition demands more reforms from embattled president.

Ukraine’s opposition on Wednesday pressed for more concessions from President Viktor Yanukovych to resolve a deadly political crisis, including an amnesty for jailed activists, after securing the resignation of the prime minister and his entire government.

http://www.scmp.com/news/world/article/1416640/ukraine-opposition-pushes-more-concessions-president-yanukovych

 

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26 January 2014

25 January 2014

Demonstrations and civil unrest - Ukrainians demand trustworthy police and respect for human rights.

Ukraine is a country in Eastern Europe. Ukraine borders the Russian Federation to the east and northeast, Belarus to the northwest, Poland, Slovakia and Hungary to the west, Romania and Moldova to the southwest, and the Black Sea and Sea of Azov to the south and southeast, respectively. Kiev is the capital and the largest city of Ukraine, located in the north central part of the country on the Dnieper River. The population of Kiev as of July 2013 was 2.8 million – The total population of Ukraine is 45.5 million Viktor Fedorovych Yanukovych is the current President of Ukraine. The Euromaidan …Read

19 January 2014

Developing the Sociological Imagination - Liquid Modernity

Personal matters are social issues! Developing the Sociological Imagination provides students with the opportunity to learn more about themselves and their society. Well-known sociologist C. Wright Mills, suggested that individuals can only comprehend their life experiences by understanding the ways in which their own biographies are interwoven and interrelated to wider social and political domains. It is through the sociological imagination that we are able to grasp the relationship between history & biography within a society.

This video is part of a free online course called Developing the Sociological Imagination offered by the University of Western Australia.<…Read

2 January 2014

When did “modernity,” begin in France?

"Historians generally use the date of the French Revolution’s beginning, 1789, to indicate the birth of modern France. If we are to believe this starting point, then key features of a modern society would seem to be;

The fall of absolute monarchy The attempt to separate church and state affairs (secularism, the attitude that religion should have no place in civil affairs) The triumph of reason in public matters over principles of faith and tradition

Modernity would then make way for scientific progress and technological advancement. Modernity hence would embrace the creation of an efficient, rational…Read