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Sense of Political Disenfranchisement Strongly Predicts Support for Trump

One explanation for Trump’s popularity on the political right is that supporters are attracted to him because they feel invisible to “establishment” candidates and Trump, as an “outsider” is going to “shake things up.” A survey of 3,037...Show More Summary

the real story behind the adjunct labor market in academia

For many years, I believed a common story about part-time laborers in the university system. I believed that administrators had slowly cut back on full time tenure track jobs and replaced them with an army of low paid part timers.Tenure was under attack and it will soon disappear. That story isn’t right. Writing in Liberal […]

The Perils of Pure Democaracy

June 26, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston In yesterday’s post on the Brexit vote, I wondered aloud about the wisdom of using a referendum to decide on specific policies. A commenter characterized my views as “the quintessential liberalShow More Summary

Against the Corbyn Coup

It was the worst of times, it was the worst of times. The United Kingdom stands on the precipice, politics is thrown into turmoil, and the inevitable coup against Jeremy Corbyn is under way. This is a mistake. A very grave mistake, and I'm going to explain why. Show More Summary

happiness is, yungchen lhamo

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

How the Childfree Decide

Media have tended to depict childfree people negatively, likening the decision not to have children to “whether to have pizza or Indian for dinner.” Misperceptions about those who do not have children have serious weight, given that between 2006 and 2010 15% of women and 24% of men had not had children by age 40, and that nearly […]

On Remain's Anger

Large numbers of people support a campaign scarred by racism, hate, and deliberate misinformation. Outraged opponents take to social media to make sweeping generalisations of those taken in. They're all thick. They're all bigoted. These people have fucked it up. Show More Summary

A Good Idea at the Time

June 25, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston The pound was down 7% making anything imported to the UK more expensive. Global markets tumbled, including those in the UK. Some Leave supporters were ecstatic. But some seemed to be having buyer’s remorse. Show More Summary

A Sociology of Brexit: What Motivated the “Leave”?

Will Davies, a politics professor and economic sociologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, summarized his thoughts on Brexit for the Political Economy and Research Centre, arguing that the split wasn’t one of left and right, young and old, racist or not racist, but center and the periphery. You can read it in full there, or scroll down for […]

The Man Who Broke Britain

One man is responsible for today's fiasco, and that is the Prime Minister. Or, thankfully, the soon-to-be-ex-Prime Minister. Dave joins Neville Chamberlain and Anthony Eden - coincidentally Tories too - in the hall of notorious failures. Show More Summary

what happens after brexit?

So what happens after ?#?brexit?: Scotland will leave the UK. Ireland will reunify into a single country. France and the Netherlands will be forced out of the EU as well. Russia will invade Ukraine and Finland. President Trump will accede to this, thus ending NATO. Northern and Southern Italy will split. Pope Francis will declare […]

Ten thoughts on Brexit

Wow.  There’s a lot here for sociologists (or anyone else to think about).  A few things. One. Does this mean the end of the United Kingdom, or even Britain? Scotland might leave and Ireland might unify.  England will almost certainly still have Wales, but that might be it. Two. Mabel Berezin (and a host of […]

What to do After the Referendum

A re-blog from my comrade Lawrence Shaw. Sound advice. Lawrence's Survival Guide for all in despair at the rise of English and Welsh fascism and the politics of hate and division. 1) Join the Labour Party. But don't just join and pay your money. Show More Summary

slave names no longer forgotten

The Virginia Historical Society has a website that brings together many documents from the antebellum period of American history so that you can search for the names of African Americans who might otherwise be lost to history. From the website: This database is the latest step by the Virginia Historical Society to increase access to […]

Will the Democrat Sit In for Gun Control Work? A Measured Consideration

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives sat in on the floor of the House, demanding recorded votes on gun control measures. Rep. John Lewis (Georgia) made the speech that launched the effort, and was framed at the center of most of the photos; after all, he has an unrivaled record for participating in such […]

Blame Canada Culture

June 23, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Culture as a concept has always fascinated me –all those different groups with their different ways of thinking and reacting. But I’ve also grown skeptical of culture as an explanation for things we don’t like – especially when the explanation invokes the general culture for a problem that is more specific. Show More Summary

3D-printed phones herald world of instant electronic everything

Circuits can now be 3D-printed directly into electronic devices – meaning factories could spit out new gadgets almost as quickly as we can think them up

I smelled comet 67P’s deadly pong and lived to tell the tale

Researchers with ESA's Rosetta mission have commissioned a perfume that mimics the odour of 67P/Churyumov–Gerasimenko. Jacob Aron shares his first sniff

Listen to secrets of a honeybee hive in Kew’s latest sculpture

An ingenious new installation at London’s Kew Gardens offers visitors a novel way to experience life inside the hive – and commune with nature

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