Introduction to Yoga for Men (4-Weeks Series)

Introduction to Yoga for Men is a 4-week series designed for guys who want to start a yoga practice but “arent’ flexible enough” or “can’t balance.” I’ll teach basic yoga poses and demonstrate modifications for bigger and potentially stiffer bodies. This is also a great series for men who’ve been practicing for a while but want to refresh the basics or learn new modifications. There will be lots of time for questions and answers.

Saturdays January 20, January 27, February 3, and February 10 at Downtown Yoga in Hammond, LA.

Register now!

Introducing: Marc the Fat Yogi

Happy New Year! I’d like to invite you all to join me over at www.marcthefatyogi.com. I  launched Marc the Fat Yogi last summer as a blog to share my “yoga journey”. My intention for 2018 is to learn to better recognize and reconnect with humanity in myself and in others. At Marc the Fat Yogi I’ll be blogging, podcasting, and vlogging about, what it means to be human and how we can overcome alienation through yoga, meditation, and other embodiment practices.

New Workshop: Cultivating Embodied Compassion

I’m honored to offer my new workshop Yoga For a Cause: Cultivating Embodied Compassion at the 2018 Meetings of the Southern Sociological Society in New Orleans this spring.

Academics are accustomed to living disembodied lives. As students, teachers, and researchers, most of our labor takes place in our minds, and increasingly in our hearts. Many of us will spend decades hunched over our laptops, chasing our next publication or promotion, or grading “just one more” essay. In this workshop, we will explore yoga an embodiment practice that empowers us to treat ourselves and others with compassion.

The workshop will begin with a 50-minute yoga asana practice, followed by a discussion of how we as sociologists can transform our selves and the academy through compassion. The asana practice will be accessible to all levels, and all bodies are welcome.

Proceeds from the $15 donation will benefit Hurricane Recovery in Puerto Rico.

Showing at the Oak Knoll Country Club

I’m excited to be included in the Hammond Art Guild, Fall Show at the Oak Knoll Country Club.  The show opens on Thursday, September 28 and runs through November 28, 2017. Please join us for the opening reception 5:30 – 7:30pm at the Oak Knoll Country Club 45246 Country Club Road, Hammond, LA. All art work is for sale, including my two pieces below!

Rain Dancer – Mixed Media, Acrylic and Resin on Paper
Deep Blue, Green – Mixed Media, Acrylic and Resin on Paper

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Power, Resistance, and Change: (Disaster) Sociology in the Trump Era

Presented at the Annual Meetings of the Society for the Study of Social Problems – August 13, 2017

Marc R. Settembrino, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Sociology
Southeastern Louisiana University

The idea for this paper came shortly after January 20, 2017. Like so many of you, I was riding the proverbial emotional roller coaster. I was high from a weekend of protest and solidarity, but dreading the months and years ahead.

It was also time to commit to a topic for this year’s meetings, so, I put together the following abstract:

Disaster sociologists and our colleagues in other social science disciplines have provided critical examinations of how social inequality produces and is reproduced by “man-made” and “natural” disasters.  Due to our long and symbiotic relationship with the Federal government, American disaster sociologists have been influential in shaping the way that government agencies prepare for and respond to disasters. However, today our relationship and influence seems uncertain. Though unpredictable, this paper examines the future of disaster sociology within the context of the Trump administration. Specifically, this paper examines the challenges that disaster researchers face in political climate dominated by austerity, “alternative facts”, and uncertainty. In this paper, I propose strategies through which disaster sociologists can resist and subvert attempts to obfuscate knowledge and silence dissent.

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New Publication: Exercising Agency: How Men Experiencing Homelessness Employ Human, Social, and Cultural Capital to Mitigate Natural Hazards Risk

I’m pleased to announce that my newest publication, Exercising Agency: How Men Experiencing Homelessness Employ Human, Social, and Cultural Capital to Mitigate Natural Hazards Risk, is now available online at the Natural Hazards Review.

Abstract

People experiencing homelessness are among the most vulnerable in society. They are exposed to a variety of natural and technological hazards and may have few resources available to protect themselves and their property. Despite their vulnerabilities, there has been relatively little research on how the homeless mitigate their hazard risks. The present study seeks to fill that oversight. Specifically, this paper examines the strategies that homeless men in Central Florida employ to mitigate their risks to natural hazards in the region. This study finds that despite increased social vulnerability to natural hazards, some risk can be mitigated by utilizing public spaces such as libraries, activating social networks of friends and family, and employing certain techniques to establish and maintain campsites. Thus, the homeless exercise agency by using their human, social, and cultural capital to mitigate risk.

Full text available here: https://doi.org/10.1061/(ASCE)NH.1527-6996.0000256

New Publication: “Teaching Inequalities: Using Public Transportation and Visual Sociology to Make It Real”

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My article with Liz Grauerholz, “Teaching Inequalities: Using Public Transportation and Visual Sociology to Make It Real” is in the July issue of the ASA Journal Teaching Sociology. I’ve included the abstract below, but the full text is here: http://tso.sagepub.com/content/44/3/200.full .

Abstract: In this article, we describe an adaptation of Nichols, Berry, and Kalogrides’s “Hop on the Bus” exercise. In addition to riding the bus, we incorporated a visual component similar to that developed by Whitley by having students conduct a sociological, photographic exercise after they disembarked. Qualitative and quantitative assessment data show that taken together, these exercises enhance students’ awareness and sociological understanding of social inequalities, especially income inequalities. Specifically, the activities make abstract concepts real to students, make more obvious inequalities that often go unnoticed, help students better understand how structural barriers affect individuals’ daily lives and contribute to broader social inequalities, and to some degree, dispel stereotypes of marginalized groups.