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the best footnote in matt desmond’s evicted

One of the nice things about summer is getting to read stuff you don’t have to read. Matt Desmond’s Evicted: Poverty and Profit in the American City was excellent, and deserves the great deal of attention it received. The sociology is largely implicit, but it is absolutely there, and Desmond paints a compelling portrait of flawed but […]

Save the world’s largest living thing: build a fence around it

The most massive organism on Earth lives in Utah, and it is in danger of being eaten to death. The answer might simply be to build a fence around it

Crows are first animals spotted using tools to carry objects

Brainy New Caledonian crows have figured out how to carry objects too large to move with their beaks by using a stick

Using Other People’s Things: Collaborative Consumption, Norms, and Implicit Bias

By Teresa Irene Gonzales Over that past few weeks, my mother and eldest brother mentioned that they could not do what I’m doing. You see, this summer I’m spending time in Chicago to finish up data collection for an on-going...

tenure and promotion experiences among women of color

After completing a Ph.D., how to get a tenure-track position, secure tenure, and advance to full and beyond are not clear, particularly since multiple layers of bureaucracy (committees, department, division, school, and university board)...Show More Summary

The Reverse Ferguson Effect: Which Way to Point the Causal Arrow?

FBI director, James Comey, didn’t call it the “Ferguson Effect.” Instead, he called the recent rise in homicide rates a “viral video effect” – a more accurately descriptive term for the same idea: that murder rates increased because the police were withdrawing from proactive policing. The full sequence goes something like this:  Police kill unarmed […]

Hammerhead sharks roll over and swim sideways to save energy

Uniquely among sharks, the great hammerhead has an unusually long dorsal fin that appears to make it more efficient for it to swim rolled over

libertarians should not pander to conservatives or anyone else for that matter

Over at National Review, I’ve seen some puzzling articles about Gary Johnson, the libertarian candidate for president. First, there was an article that argued that Johnson was not truly libertarian. This strikes me as odd since politicians, especially successful ones like Johnson, are usually pragmatists, not college professors and it is strange for a conservative […]

Notes on Naked Attraction

We've had occasion to discuss willies and fannies on this blog, so it was only a matter of time before a programme came along and did the same. Naturally, it had to be ever-so-edgy Channel 4, and the presenter couldn't be anyone but their veteran of in-house sex shows, Anna Richardson. Show More Summary

Victim Blaming: When We Do It and When We Don’t

By Peter Kaufman Consider the following stories that were in the news recently: Story 1: A female college student at Worchester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) was studying abroad in Puerto Rico. After a night out at a bar, she went to....

next article discussion: Racism vs. favoritism by nancy ditomaso

Last week, we discussed “The Suffocation Model” by Finkel et al, suggested by Chris Martin. Before Finkel at al., we had two posts on Tanya Golash-Boza’s article on race theory in sociology. Next month, we will discuss “Racism and discrimination versus advantage and favoritism: Bias for versus bias against” by Nancy DiTomaso, which appeared in […]

Less Policing, More Crime?

July 25, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Does crime go up when cops, turtle-like, withdraw into their patrol cars, when they stop “proactive policing” and respond only when called? That’s the idea of the Ferugson effect is a variant on this idea. Show More Summary

Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

In his speech last week accepting the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump said (my emphasis): …our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. […]

We’re discovering new ways to detect if someone is lying

Eye contact and language cues really can give away whether a person is telling a fib - but we usually aren’t much better at guessing than if we just flipped a coin

understanding trump

I would like to write about something that isn’t Donald Trump. But ever since watching Trump’s dark and frightening convention speech last Thursday, it’s been hard to think about much else. I’m not sure I have much original to say about Trump—his rise, his followers, how his success echoes (or doesn’t) populist and nationalist and […]

You Can't Crowdfund the Centre Ground

I'm old enough to remember when internet utopianism was a real thing. Back in the good old days of dial-up, Netscape, and Geocities, there was a sense the emerging global network of computers would call forth a new sensibility informed by peace, tolerance, and lovely things. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday Sociological Images!

Woo hoo! SocImages is nine! Thanks to all of you who discovered SocImages this year and to those of you who’ve been hanging on! It was my bumpiest year yet with a three month hiatus to finish American Hookup. There are also changes afoot. After nine years, it makes sense to shake things up a bit. I’m hoping […]

eriko toyoda, a message for you

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

On the Nintendo Classic Mini

I didn't have time to reflect on the two big video game news stories of the last week or so. Interestingly, this blog's occasional bête noire, Nintendo, is at the centre of both. First was the gaming phenomenon of the year and probably the decade - the ubiquitous Pokémon Go. Show More Summary

don’t be fooled: trump gave a remarkably effective speech 

I woke up this morning and started reading the post-mortems on Trump’s speech.  Andrew Sullivan pronounced it boring and lacking substance. Michael Barbero in the New York Times called it a missed opportunity.  People are getting comfortable that Hillary’s point-spread will hold and we will ride Trump out.   Those people are wrong. First, I’ll […]

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