On May 31, 2002, Senegal stunned the football world with a 1-0 victory over the title holders France, a hugely symbolic victory over their former colonizers on the opening day of the 2002 World Cup in Japan and South Korea. A week later, the Lions de la Téranga (the lions of hospitality, the national team’s nickname) faced Denmark. Trailing by one goal at half time, the Senegalese substitute Henri Camara won the ball with a sliding tackle just outside his own penalty area.
For over three years now I’ve been keeping a blog about something I call “citizen sociolinguistics”—the work people do to make sense of everyday communication and share their sense-making with others. This is my small way of supporting the Council on Anthropology and Education’s goal to “promote research, policies and practices” that are “close to the voices of the participant communities” and “sensitive to participant experiences and social contexts.”
Tax cuts in the recent past have primarily benefited the richest sections of the American population, with more than a third of all Bush administration tax cuts benefiting the richest 1 percent, leaving barely 20 percent for the lowest earning 60 percent of the population. The rationale driving such tax cuts that overwhelmingly benefit the rich is that once the owners of capital have less of a tax burden, they can invest in the economy, thereby setting in motion dynamics that trickle benefits such as jobs and wages downward to the rest of the population.