Tag: Culture and Lifestyles

Jun, 10 '21

What Do Disruptive Technologies Disrupt?

Philip Brey, Professor of Philosophy of Technology at the Department of Philosophy at the University of Twente and STI expert, was a keynote speaker at the International Workshop on Controversies and Polarization on Disruptive Technologies, a hybrid meeting held virtually and in Granada, Spain, October 5-6, 2020. His address dealt with “Disruptive Technologies: Social, Moral and Ontological Consequences.” The following is an abridged version of a subsequent interview.

Feb, 26 '21

Bursting the Bubble of Affluent Ignorance

A new documentary puts faces to research on America’s growing class gap in terms of the social capital that leads to people’s ability to live their own definition of a full and happy life, following and filming real people over the course of a year.

Feb, 22 '21

Kant's Philosophical Legacy Reaches Iran

Moral Philosopher Ana Marta González has published in Persian a book of some of her collected works, inviting a new public to share her broad knowledge of Kantian philosophy.

Feb, 10 '21

AI Ethics for Real Scenarios Leave Sci Fi for the Movies

“Our democracies are vulnerable and under threat; if we want to maintain and realize our ethical and political values, we need to take a close look at the political role of digital technologies – now, not in the future,” asserts philosopher of technology Mark Coeckelbergh.

Feb, 13 '20

The Deeper Roots of Youth Anxiety

Anxiety in teens is on the rise and constitutes the leading mental health issue among American youth. Frequently-cited surveys show that the number of adolescents diagnosed with an anxiety disorder is growing, more and more high school seniors are reporting feeling overwhelmed, and the past-month prevalence of college students feeling “overwhelming anxiety” surpasses 40 percent.

Jan, 15 '20

How Does Marketization Affect the Creative Industries?

Culture and business have become increasingly intertwined, and cultural institutions need to be aware of their place in the market. Karin M. Ekström, editor of the just released volume Museum Marketization – Cultural Institutions in the Neoliberal Era, summarizes the work for STI.

Dec, 29 '19

Gender De-institutionalization is for the Privileged

Professor Shelley Wilcox, in her chapter ”Who Pays for Gender De-institutionalization?” within the edited volume Gender Identities in a Globalized World, points out how some women step out of traditional gender roles and expectations precisely by  locking less fortunate women into them. 

Nov, 12 '19

Who Cares?

Given increasing life expectancy and shifting social networks, proper care for the elderly is becoming ever more difficult to arrange. A network of Europe’s leading demographic research centers, Population Europe, has produced a policy brief addressing the need to secure such care, supporting both those in care and their caregivers.

Oct, 23 '19

“Onlife” – Where Real and Virtual Lives Meld

Oxford professor of philosophy and ethics of information Luciano Floridi describes the new, hybrid existence where the barriers between online and offline have blurred to such a degree that there is no longer any difference: “Onlife,” he calls it.

Jan, 23 '19

Strong Friendships as the Bedrock of Solid Marriages

The fourth of this year's MICS grand recipients weighs in on her research proposal. In this case, how to strengthen the foundations of romantic relationships by strengthening the friendship between the partners.

Dec, 27 '18

Being Connected: Illusion or Delusion?

Clinical Psychologist Claudia López, from Mexico City, will use her STI Master’s in Social Science Research grant to study the digital consumption practices of adolescents and young adults, and the cultural and generational implications emerging from them.

Dec, 03 '18

Constructing Vocational Identity through Virtue

This academic year finds the third class of STI Master’s grant recipients beginning their studies. Jorge Luis Villacís Nieto, a student from Ecuador, provides an overview of his project to research how character development influences vocational identity.

Apr, 27 '18

Transforming Society through Music Education

This Master’s thesis uses the Relational Paradigm to explore the role music education can play in the development of relationships between individuals and collectives, and how these new relationships transform society.

Apr, 16 '18

Work-Family Balance in Academia: Hearing Women's Priorities

Regina Guzmán Montiel, originally from Mexico City, came to Pamplona to study the Master’s in Social Science Research (MICS, in its Spanish acronym), supported by a grant issued by the Social Trends Institute. It is her first venture into the world of research, an experience she recounts below.

Dec, 19 '17

The Moral Vacuum of Global Finance Critiqued

Global Finance on Screen, the first collection of essays exclusively dedicated to a growing body of multi-format and multimedia audiovisual work designated as ‘the finance film’, has been released by Routledge.

Nov, 30 '17

How Responsible Is Responsible Innovation?

Do Responsible Innovation (RI) approaches do enough to guide emerging technologies towards the good of all? Where might their conceptual and practical limits lie?

Nov, 13 '17

“Robot Ethics” Is Not an Oxymoron

Robots are changing the way we live, work, and interact with one another. It’s important to consider the ethical implications of new technologies before they are implemented, if we want to insure that they work to the good of society.

Oct, 25 '17

Investing in Investigation

Three of the eight young researchers embarking this fall on the Master’s in Social Science Research at UNAV have received a grant from the Social Trends Institute. And one of last year’s grant recipients has won an academic prize for her work.

Sep, 25 '17

A New Way of Working for Sustainable Development Goals

Two years into the Sustainable Development Goals, SDG-Fund director, Paloma Durán, assesses progress and what can be learned from early programs to insure future success. To achieve the 2030 Agenda, she says, we have to find new ways to collaborate.

Sep, 14 '17

Parents Need Teachers, Too

Parental education contributes to family well-being. Family policies should help parents to fulfill their role in the development of children by teaching parenting to both adolescents and adults.

Aug, 17 '17

Democracy Depends on Robust Journalism

While much of the news on social media is produced by non-professional (citizen) journalists, we still need professional journalism to make sense of it. Peter Dahlgren considers how the two can learn from each other.

Jan, 30 '17

TV Families: Stereotypical or Real?

Television series are all the rage – mass phenomena that fuel discussions and study. Their influence on society is on the rise and their portrayal of reality can even influence that very reality.

Jan, 16 '17

How to Sift Reliable News from the Cacophony

The past, present and future of journalism and its new challenges, objectivity, digital technology, transparency, social media, who’s who... The new book by C.W. Anderson, Michael Schudson and Leonard Downie, "The News Media," addresses all this.

Nov, 21 '16

Can Faith and Modernity Coexist under Muslimism?

There is a new brand of Muslim religious orthodoxy on the rise in places like Turkey, which seeks to engage modernity through the sincere religious belief of individuals. Neslihan Cevik uses the term "Muslimism" to set it apart from other trends.

Oct, 31 '16

"No one is showing any responsibility in Syria"

The United Nations approved in 2005 the doctrine Responsibility to Protect, with the aim of protecting civilians in the case of conflicts that put their lives at risk. Why isn't it being applied in Syria?

Sep, 19 '16

The Ethical Backbone of Social Life

Philosopher Ana Marta González, recently appointed by Pope Francis to the Pontifical Academy of Social Sciences, expands in this interview on her latest book: "La articulación ética de la vida social."

Jul, 11 '16

The Principle of 'Shared Responsibility' in Family Policies

Work-family balance is important not only to individuals, but also to society. The World Family Map 2015 focused on the issue at a personal level. In this paper, IFFD director Ignacio Socias lays out policy recommendations to the United Nations

May, 17 '16

Have Values Fallen Victim to the Culture Wars?

Ethicist and professor of law and medicine Margaret Somerville expands on her latest book "Bird on an Ethics Wire: Battles about Values in the Culture Wars" for STI, with whom she collaborated in 'Construction of New Realities in Medicine.'

Mar, 09 '16

The Long Road to Equality

We are pleased to share this article by STI Expert Paloma Durán, Director of the United Nations Sustainable Development Fund, on the occasion of International Women’s Day, March 8th, 2016.

Dec, 21 '15

What Differentiates Humans from Machines?

We discussed with STI Expert Prof. Luis Echarte some of the conclusions of his last paper, which analyzes freedom, the mind-brain problem and the differences between human beings and machines.

Dec, 14 '15

On Biomedicine and its Limits

Joseph E. Davis (Construction of New Realities in Medicine) discusses some of the conclusions from our latest publication "To Fix or To Heal," of which he is co-editor.

Jul, 13 '15

Digital Strategies an Important Weapon in the Election Arsenal

University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill Journalism Professor Daniel Kreiss (Crisis of Journalism) investigates a new breed of election worker – knowledgeable in digital strategies. His new study considers how campaigns are affected.

Jul, 06 '15

Exploring a Cultural Tendency to Rationalize Barbarism

Texas A&M sociologist Stjepan Mestrovic has coined the term “The Postemotional Bully” in his new book of the same title. He considers current examples of how abusive and barbaric behavior is rationalized and tolerated by society.

Apr, 21 '15

A look at "Being Human in a Consumer Society"

Editor Alejandro Néstor García Martínez shares his thoughts on the book 'Being Human in a Consumer Society' (Ashgate 2015), result of the 2011 STI Experts Meeting of the same name.

Nov, 25 '14

Next STI Experts Meeting to Explore Modern Humanitarianism

Understanding Modern Humanitarianism: Conditions, Consequences and Critical Concerns will be held in Barcelona from January 8-10, 2015 under STI’s Culture and Lifestyles Branch, with the academic leadership of Kent sociologist Iain Wilkinson.

Nov, 11 '14

​Ignatieff Addresses the Challenge of a New Global Ethic

“Reimagining a Global Ethic” by Michael Ignatieff, was recently published in the journal Ethics and International Affairs. Ignatieff opened STI’s “Globalization and the Common Good” meeting with the similarly themed lecture “Imagining a Global Ethic"

Jun, 11 '14

Alexander: "The Big Newspapers Are Earning Money Again"

Interview on occasion of an STI experts meeting that took place in Barcelona last May 3 to 6. Yale media sociologist Jeffrey C. Alexander reflects on journalism today. This is an English translation of an interview in La Vanguardia.

Apr, 03 '14

Professionalization of Care: New Challenges

The main insights of the STI experts meeting on Care Professions are to be published by Palgrave in May. Editors Ana Marta González and Craig Iffland advance the arguments.

Nov, 16 '12

Why Love Hurts - Por qué duele el amor

Spanish-speakers can read a very complete review of Eva Illouz's book Why Love Hurts. STI board member and academic leader Ana Marta González wrote the summary for Aceprensa.

May, 24 '11

Focus on Fashion

Leading scholars of fashion theory explored the importance of emotion to understanding modern fashion at the STI-sponsored Fashion and Emotions Graduate Seminar on May 19-20.