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congrats to awesome IU grad students

The December ASR has a number of articles by IU related folks, including Brea Perry, who just joined us. Notable is an article by three IU BGS called “Formal Rights and Informal Privileges for Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from a National Survey Experiment.” From Long Doan, Annalise Loehr, and Lisa R. Miller: Attitudes toward gay rights […]

Sociologists Identify Surprising Thanksgiving “Rituals”

Sociology loves making the familiar strange, and few events blend the familiar and the strange as artfully as holiday family gatherings. The Week recaps a classic sociological study of Thanksgiving celebrations by Melanie Wallendorf and Eric J. Show More Summary

“Whiplash” - The Little Drummer Boy

November 23, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston I played my drum for himPa rum pum pum pumI played my best for himPa rum pum pum pumIf you’ve seen “Whiplash,” you’ll get the irony. If not, watch the trailer. Like most trailers, it prettyShow More Summary

Neil Findlay for Scottish Labour Leader

Recall the Scottish independence referendum? Can you remember the panic when a few polls put the Yes camp in the lead? Politics is a fickle business but surely that was burned on every Westminster psyche. Dozens of Labour MPs should remember it. Show More Summary

Just for Fun: Super Mario and the Communist Utopia

A four minute introduction to Marxism, featuring Super Mario Bros., by Wisecrack: 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.


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Old Folks At Home . . . And Abroad

November 22, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston “We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed yesterday (here). The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant...Show More Summary

Who is White Van Dan?

There I was talking about the absurdity of British politics and it goes and takes an even sillier turn. After Dan Ware, or 'White Van Dan' as he'll forever now be known, became the unwitting figure at the heart of Westminster's most stupid resignation ever, the Currant Bun have now given him a 'voice of the nation' platform. Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: Rich Kids More Likely to be Working for Dad

A new paper by Martha Stinson and Christopher Wignall found that 9.6% of working-age men were working for their dad in 2010. The likelihood of nepotistic opportunism was related to class, generally climbing with the father’s income. This is just a “snapshot,” writes Matt O’Brien for The Washington Post. It’s just one year. If we […]

Saturday Interview: Roxanne Ellis

Roxanne Ellis is a Labour and Cooperative councillor on Gedling Borough Council and a founder member of the Young Labour Councillors Network. From a Labour family and something of a geek on all things politics and Sovietology, you can follow Roxanne on Twitter here. Show More Summary

deportation suspension and legalization: a great first step – now, let’s open the borders

From the Washington Post article on the “insanely  confusing” path to citizenship. Last night, President Obama announced new policies that would allow approximately five million persons to live in peace without fear of deportation. If you have lived in the United States for five years and have no crimes, you can obtain a status that […]

The Absurdity of British Politics

We are living in the most stupid period of politics ever. Emily Thornberry resigning over a tweet that might - and was - construed as snotty. Absurd. Then came UKIP's second by-election victory in Rochester and Strood. This was after...Show More Summary

Excluding Blacks From The National Collective

Flashback Friday. In a great book, The Averaged American, sociologist Sarah Igo uses case studies to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating:  Today we’re bombarded with statistics about the U.S. Show More Summary

obama and immigration amnesty: let this be the first step toward free migration

On Thursday, President Obama is scheduled to make a speech where he will likely announce an executive order that curtails some of the worst aspects of our immigration system, such as deportation of individuals who were brought to our country as children. I fully understand that Obama is a politician, not a magician. Even if […]

Emily Thornberry's Mistweet

Oh dear. Earlier on this afternoon, Emily Thornberry, shadow attorney general tweeted this: Image from #Rochester— Emily Thornberry MP (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014 Before you could say "too many tweets...Show More Summary

Why Did Doctors Stop Giving Women Orgasms?

In her provocative book, The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines discusses a classic medical treatment for the historical diagnosis of “hysteria”: orgasm administered by a physician. Maines explains that manual stimulation of the clitoris was, for some time, a matter-of-fact part of medical treatment and a routine source of revenue for doctors. By the 19th century, […]

Community Engagement: Who is Best Served by Service Learning?

By Teresa Irene Gonzales Community-engagement. This is a term that is used quite a bit amongst college and university presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, and students in thinking about ways that colleges and universities can bridge the town-gown divide between university...

Aging, Living, and Dying

By Karen Sternheimer As a college professor, my students are almost always the same age—with a few outliers—but I continue to get older, which occasionally becomes more salient. Recently we screened the documentary The Central Park Five in our department,...

Social and Cultural Capital at School

By Sally Raskoff Have you ever thought about how your social relationships at school (and elsewhere) might help you in the future? Social capital, conceptualized by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, includes economic resources that one gains from being part of a...

socinfo 2014 proceedings – for free!!!

That is correct: SocInfo 2014 convened down the street from this building. Last week, I was lucky to attend the SocInfo 2014 conference. It drew together scholars at the intersection of social science and computer science. I will write up some notes later, but I wanted you to know that, for a few weeks, Springer […]

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