The Cambridge Dictionary defines bureaucracy as “a system for controlling or managing a country, company, or organization, that is operated by officials who are employed to follow rules carefully.”
The dictionary also gives another definition of bureaucracy that many of us can relate to: “complicated rules, processes, and written work that make it hard to get something done.”
Other than rules, processes, and paperwork, bureaucracy can be recognized as contracts, hierarchy, official duties, qualifications, and an impersonal approach.
Although the police force as we know it is a relatively new invention, policing itself began over 5020 years ago in Ancient Egypt.
Within schools, students are believed to be equal. Yet, by treating students in an unequal society as equal, schools and teachers recreate social inequality and are symbolically violent.
Recently, news surfaced that Brandon Mitchell, a juror in the Derek Chauvin case, attended a Black Lives Matter march wearing a t-shirt written: Get your knee off our necks.
Many saw Mitchell’s t-shirt as a clear reference to the murder of George Floyd by police officer Derek Chauvin.
The incident has raised concerns about a possible mistrial and juror bias.
According to the American Juror website, juries are vital because they “guarantee all people, regardless of race, religion, sex, national origin, or economic status, the right to trial by an impartial jury. …
“There’s alcohol in the cake…just in case it goes against your religion,” said our older German guest at a tea party recently.
Many people would see the statement as considerate, except she said it directly to me — the only person wearing a headscarf at the table. She also used deine, which is the informal, singular form of the word your in German.
Piecing together the evidence, it became clear to me that she had stereotyped me as Muslim.
Are you feeling frustrated because another day has ended and you’ve done nothing important? Try these ten easy tips to improve your productivity — no willpower required.
When I have too many unstructured days, I start to feel stuck. The week begins to feel like one really long, aimless day. Frustrated, I wait for my willpower to kick in while I beat myself up for my lack of self-discipline.
Killian Markert says that “discipline and willpower are not reliable” when it comes to productivity and consistency because they decrease over time.
When I make something into a habit, I’ve noticed…
I make important information about society and social life accessible, relatable and easy to understand. I also question what’s ‘real’ or ‘normal’.