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Medicare vs. National Health Care: How U.S. Seniors Do in Cross-National Perspective

“We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed. The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant private insurance with a government program.”Gillespie, who lays out his credentials at the start of the article – he ran for Senate in Virginia and lost – notes […]

response to seth masket on social protest and civil rights

Seth Masket recently discussed the popularity of Martin Luther King, Jr. and the civil rights movement more generally. In general, the civil rights movement was deeply unpopular, even at its height. Polls showed that a majority approved of civil rights after the fact. The point is well taken, but there is more to the story […]

Jim Murphy and Saving Scottish Labour

The victories of Jim Murphy and Kezia Dugdale in the Scottish Labour leadership elections have invited much comment. Some of it warm and friendly, but a great deal not. Indeed, soon after Saturday's results were announced obituaries (like this) have been pouring in from the left. Show More Summary

Antiquated Ideas

December 16, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Who’s afraid of Virgina Woolf? The answer seems to be: men.MessyNessyChic (here) has posted some anti-women’s-suffrage posters from the 1890s and early 1900s. The common theme is fear – fear that allowing women to vote will destroy masculinity. Show More Summary

The Paradox of Women’s Sexuality in Breast Feeding Advocacy and Breast Cancer Campaigns

My sister-in-law Charlotte was recently loudly admonished by a flight attendant on an international flight for allowing her “breast to fall out” after she fell asleep while nursing her baby. A strong advocate for breastfeeding, Charlotte has shared with me her own discomfort with public breastfeeding because it is considered gross, matronly, and “unsexy.” I […]

Governing through unhappiness

Every sector, every profession, which can plausibly lay a claim to the 'public interest', is currently resisting austerity in one simple fashion: claiming that by hitting the sector or profession concerned, the real losers will be the public. Ironically the...

Economic sociology of neoliberalism - interview recording

I strongly recommend the economic sociology blog, Estudios de la Economia, run by Jose Ossandon and Tomas Undurraga. One of the nice things about the interviews they publish is how they break the questions down, and upload each answer separately,...

against the neo-behaviorists

The LSE Impact Blog have been hosting a debate on the future of the social sciences, in anticipation of this event tomorrow evening, with Nicholas Christakis, whose article on the need to 'shake up' the social sciences made a bit...

Preaching to the Working Class

December 15, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Can’t these conservatives agree on what’s wrong with liberals?It was only a couple of years ago that Charles Murray was berating successful, upper-middle class liberals for not preaching to the White working class. Show More Summary

winchester mystery house social policy

Andrea Campbell has an article in Vox about the often perverse consequences of means testing in social policy. If you really need help, then means testing creates an incentive to completely spend all your assets so you can qualify. She uses the tragic case of her sister-in-law who was left paralyzed after an auto accident […]

Man Haron Monis: It's Not About Islam

What a sad end to the Sydney cafe siege. The gunman, one Man Haron Monis lies dead, but not before he murdered two others. Thankfully, incidents like this are quite rare in Western societies and when hostage taking does happen, it tends...Show More Summary

Police Misconduct as a Social Problem

By Sally Raskoff Are you angry about the legal system’s decisions about the cases in which have police killed unarmed black boys or men? Or are you angry that people are angry about that? It is not clear whether the...

Inequality in the Skies: Applying the Gini Index to Airplanes

I’m on a plane right now, flying from Sacramento back to Albany. And sitting here I’m reminded of how air travel itself reflects the growing inequality of society in a trivial, but suggestive, way. Planes have always had first-class and passenger cabins, at least as far as I know. If the Titanic had this distinction, […]

is economics partisan? is all of social science just wrong?

Last week, fivethirtyeight.com put up a piece titled, “Economists Aren’t As Nonpartisan As We Think.” Beyond the slightly odd title (do we think they’re nonpartisan? should we expect them to be?), it’s an interesting write-up of a new working paper by Zubin Jelveh, Bruce Kogut, and Suresh Naidu. It went up a week ago, but since it gives me a chance […]

shimer college and the puzzle of declining liberal arts colleges

The Guardian recently ran an article about Shimer College, a tiny great books college in Chicago, Illinois. Originally, the authors wanted to know why it had been ranked so low by the Department of Education. The answer is that there is a fair amount of non-completion, people leave with debt, and they don’t get great […]

Just for Fun: Data is Plural, Except When It Isn’t

By xkcd. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

i wish western civ was taught this way

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Chart of the Week: Gender Segregation of Toys Is On the Rise

Some nice news has come out lately that the occasional toy store is taking the words boy and girl off of their aisle signs — mostly in Sweden, I say half-jokingly — but Google ngrams suggests that we’re nowhere near backing off of separating children’s toys by sex. Sociologist Philip Cohen graphed the frequency of “toys for […]

Saturday Interview: Andrew Coates

Andrew Coates is from Ipswich and is perhaps the left's best-known Francophile. A veteran of the far left in France and Britain and noted for his Pabloist heresy, Coatesy's thoughts can be found over at the Tendance and on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Face-Sitting and Freedom

From the marches, rallies and strikes of the labour movement through Reclaim the Night and slutwalk set pieces, occupations outside St Paul's, sit-ins, teach-ins, kiss-ins, die-ins, hashtags seething with rebellion, round-robin emails, flash mobs and naked bike rides; the repertoire of modern protest is a multifaceted thing. Show More Summary

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