In the next few days, we will feature pieces that problematize some of the issues raised during this first leg of the Presidential Debates. We focus less on the performance of the candidates and more on specific points made, either by them or about them.
Welcome to 2015 and to a new and improved Verstehen! After a hiatus, the Verstehen team will once again be delivering down-to-earth sociological and anthropological discussions of everyday experiences and current issues. Sociology and anthropology are disciplines that encourage an exploration of the taken-for granted reasons for why we are the way we are and why we think, feel, and act the way we do.
The Department of Sociology and Anthropology, Ateneo de Manila University, deeply mourns the loss of Fr. John J. Carroll, S.J., one of its founders, a long-time pro-fessor, and a pioneer of Sociology in the Philippines.
The online reincarnation of Verstehen was launched exactly a year ago. Indeed, it’s been one year. Once again, we are humbly reminded why we continue to breathe life to this endeavor for readers like you.
The point is: weddings enable and constrain, and I feel most couples prefer a ceremony that’s more enabling than constraining. The choice of some couples to defray all wedding expenses (as was the case in the two weddings I attended) is a subtle attempt of bride and groom to lessen that constraint, wield a little power, and assert their independence. (Image from tuscanaresort.com)
In sociology, gender is something that is socially constructed. People tend to associate particular characteristics to both men and women. Looking at this ad, we can see how it assumes that women are more likely the ones who are more victimized by violence.
Going beyond common sense, beyond how we ordinarily see the world, is a step in being able to locate ourselves within a multiplicity of meanings and voices, and in a broader understanding of why we are the way we are and why things happen the way they do. (Image from laughingsquid.com)
What does it take to be the “face” of the UAAP cheer dance competition? Apparently, you need to be female and pretty.
A number of malls in Pampanga are now offering regular Zumba sessions for free. Do they contribute to the inclusion or exclusion of people from different walks of life?