[URBANTH-L]this is so unbalanced

Pelin Tan pelintan at gmail.com
Wed Jan 7 17:18:14 EST 2009

Dear Barry,

I think your comment is important but at the same time it brings an
important ethical question for any scientists (sociologists or others): For
whom for what we doing academic research? As we all know we can't seperate
our academic production, process (whatever) from everday life realities and
humanities. This is an old debate since last century which become a breking
point with such scientists as Foucault (and others) when they went also to

As social scientists, we are concerned with social realities; and the social
realities are severe then ever. I think we should take a position against
human violence that is happening in any geograhpy, helping to defend the
social rights contributing through our practices.

Sorry, from the other list members; I dont want to sound like an activist.
But as scientists we should aware of our social responsibilities. Maybe
stupid to say, but I would like to invite everybody to read again Foucault's
foreword in Anti-Oidepus (Delezue/Guattari) even though you might be not
poststructualist or what ever...

(sorry for keping busy the list with this comments - just I am a member of
this list since year, I feel responsible to write my comment).

best regards
Pelin Tan

On Wed, Jan 7, 2009 at 4:42 PM, Sam Beck <sbeck at med.cornell.edu> wrote:

> I understand the difficulty Barry Wellman has with the discussion.
> However, this list ought to enable any member to raise ethical/moral issues
> of concern, especially under the conditions that are taking place in Gaza.
>  The deaths, injuries, destruction, and suffering of Gaza civilians is
> unacceptable.  Just about every country of the world has asked for a cease
> fire and the opening of borders to bring in aid.  Hospitals are overwhelmed,
> the situation in Gaza is so dire that people are unable to leave their
> homes, people are bleeding to death, and so on.  How can anyone stand by
> without saying something.  There are massive demonstrations against this war
> taking place in Israel by Israelis.
> Sam
> At 08:53 PM 1/6/2009, Barry Wellman wrote:
>> I was distressed reading the extraordinarily anti-Israel comments on this
>> list. I do not believe that such comments are the focus of this list. And
>> that the discussion is not being carried on in our area of expertise. I
>> hope that people will take their discussion elsewhere.
>>  Barry Wellman
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Pelin Tan
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