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Michael Yarbrough
Works at John Jay College of Criminal Justice
Attended Yale University
Lived in Lubbock, TX
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Are divorce parties just another excuse to throw a party? A Hallmark created celebration? Or just another example of celebrity excess? Stephanie Medley-Rath explains how a divorce party may be an opportunity for a couple to transition into their future roles as ex-husband and ex-wife. The arrival of a wedding invitation may be exciting, but not out of the ordinary. The arrival of a divorce party invitation, well, that’s another story. This summer...
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Apparently a quarter of Americans report that they disapprove of Nelson Mandela and Ghandi.
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The December 2011 peer-reviewed journal Family Relations reports the latest findings from the National Longitudinal Lesbian Family Study (NLLFS) on the well-being of children whose mothers split up before they were 17. The NLLFS has been following 85 children of lesbians born through donor insemination beginnning in the 1980's. Information about the study and its earlier published research is all located on the NLLFS website. Of the 73 two-mother...
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The ever astute Linda Greenhouse has provided an excellent quick history for contextualizing legal conflicts between civil rights and claims for religious exemptions: The refusal by an upstate New York town clerk to sign marriage licenses for same-sex couples... can be seen simply as a discordant footnote to the march of marriage equality in New York State. But seen in a broader context, it is also more than that... A few years ago, a county off...
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Holy moley:

"Ostensibly it's the equivalent of a local council, responsible for a small area of London known as the Square Mile. But, as its website boasts, "among local authorities the City of London is unique". You bet it is. There are 25 electoral wards in the Square Mile. In four of them, the 9,000 people who live within its boundaries are permitted to vote. In the remaining 21, the votes are controlled by corporations, mostly banks and other financial companies. The bigger the business, the bigger the vote: a company with 10 workers gets two votes, the biggest employers, 79. It's not the workers who decide how the votes are cast, but the bosses, who "appoint" the voters."

"As Nicholas Shaxson explains in his fascinating book Treasure Islands, the Corporation exists outside many of the laws and democratic controls which govern the rest of the United Kingdom. The City of London is the only part of Britain over which parliament has no authority. In one respect at least the Corporation acts as the superior body: it imposes on the House of Commons a figure called the remembrancer: an official lobbyist who sits behind the Speaker's chair and ensures that, whatever our elected representatives might think, the City's rights and privileges are protected."
George Monbiot: Working beyond the authority of parliament, the Corporation of London undermines all attempts to curb the excesses of finance
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But wait, there's more!: "It has also made the effective regulation of global finance almost impossible. Shaxson shows how the absence of proper regulation in London allowed American banks to evade the rules set by their own government. AIG's wild trading might have taken place in the US, but the unit responsible was regulated in the City. Lehman Brothers couldn't get legal approval for its off-balance sheet transactions in Wall Street, so it used a London law firm instead." Truly a must-read.
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After telling readers that the Eurozone leader look to be suffering from “dulled reaction times…so out of line with market events that even if they were to snap our of their stupor now, it would be too late,” news reports suggest that they have finally roused themselves. Or have they? Ed Harrison has translated a report in Die Welt that describes what on the surface looks like a meaningful change in the Bundesbank’s position (and make no bones ab...
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The OWS protests have provoked reflection on the morality of direct action and civil disobedience. How far should the police go to spy on, disrupt, or punish peaceful protesters? Is pepper spray a dangerous chemical agent or "a food product, essentially?" Does current American inequality merit a direct action follow-up to the Civil Rights Movement, whose mass-arrestees and water-cannoned marchers are now viewed as heroes? It's difficult to answer...
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A very interesting legal question...
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Reading this Colorlines feature on "The Media's Obsession With Unwed Black Women"

"We don’t really seem to analyze the fact that marriage is a complicated institution as it exists in the 21st Century precisely because it was never designed historically to be about romantic love. It was very financially based, and church-based. It fed the church’s need to consistently support and reproduce itself. Maybe the question is not “Why can’t I get married?” but “Does marriage, in the way that it exists, with no revision possible, fulfill who we are in the 21st Century?” Or is there another way to form productive long-lasting meaningful relationships?"
There’s a lucrative industry devoted to saying that something’s wrong with black women. Here’s what we should be talking about instead.
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+Bill Gross shared a link to an article about this, but here's the original page, which is even awesomer. Thanks to researcher Felix Pharand Deschenes, here are a bunch of visualizations of global networks -- transport, shipping, electricity, and many others, all superimposed on satellite views of the Earth. It's a fascinating view onto the underlying structures of our world. (And for those who, like me, are passionate about logistics and infrastructure, this is a testament to where we are, what we as a species have built, and how much there is still left to do...)
››› Go directly to the maps ›››. The Anthropocene: A primer. The Anthropocene. We're already there. This is our time, our creation, our challenge. Officially, this epoch does not exist. Yet. It ma...
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Social scientist of law, culture, and family
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  • John Jay College of Criminal Justice
    Assistant Professor, 2013 - present
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Sociologist of law, family, and culture with a particular focus on post-apartheid South Africa. I occasionally blog in this space about my ongoing field work; drop me a line if you'd like to be added to the appropriate circle for reading those posts.
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  • Yale University
    Ph.D. in Sociology, 2013
  • University of Chicago
    A.B. in Sociology, 2001
  • Yale Law School
    J.D., 2009
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