31st August 2010 Paris métro

29th August 2010 The Carpenter’s Body

A while ago, Dawn wrote about the trousers her friend wears for build­ing and plumb­ing jobs. I recently inter­viewed a car­pen­ter, who took a novel approach to res­cu­ing his cloth­ing from the dam­ages of his work: good, thick tape. “The work trousers always go at the zip”, he says.

20th August 2010 Conference report: IVSA Bologna 2010

The 2010 Inter­na­tional Visual Soci­ol­ogy Asso­ci­a­tion (IVSA) Con­fer­ence was held at the world’s old­est uni­ver­sity, Uni­ver­sità di Bologna, in Italy. Bologna la Rossa (named for its red roofs and his­tor­i­cally left­ist pol­i­tics) is an utterly beau­ti­ful city, with por­ti­cos along the streets enabling walk­ers to wan­der shel­tered from the sun­shine. This annual con­fer­ence is a…

10th August 2010 The New Fordism

That stal­wart of Amer­i­can Cap­i­tal­ism, the Ford Motor Com­pany has done a lot for social sci­ence. Trainee econ­o­mists learn about Dodge Broth­ers vs Ford, tak­ing from the judge­ment either the text­book les­son that com­pa­nies are run to max­imise share­holder profit, or a les­son in sharp prac­tice from Henry Ford’s attempt to squeeze out minor­ity shareholders…

2nd August 2010 Scaffolding

To build this, first unload your lor­ries and put lots of things into tidy piles… You need these…