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On  Twitter, Brad Spahn asked: What would you change about your dept to make faculty & grad students happier and more productive? Hold U-wide rules fixed.cc @fabiorojas — Brad Spahn (@BradSpahn) March 20, 2015   I actually had two answers: First, eliminate the monthly/weekly faculty meeting. But our department already did that!! Except for “big” […]

Was there anything Liberal about the Tory/LibDem Coalition?

As the most wretched government in living memory shuffles off into the history books, let's take some time to reflect. For all intents and purposes, at least where this blog is concerned, it was a Conservative government. It was hard...Show More Summary

A “Tough Guise” Indeed

Visit Cyanide and Happiness. 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.

the subcontrabass flute

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

Quarter One Local By-Election Results 2015

Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Q4 Average/ contest +/- Q3 +/- Seats Conservative 19 9,143 24.4% -4.6% 481 -23 +2 Labour 17 12,154 32.3% +8.4% 715 +268 -1 LibDem 13 2,053 5.5 % -5.2% 158 -147 0 UKIP 13 3,339 8.9% -10.0% 257...Show More Summary

A Quarter of College Students Think that Love Brainwashes Women

According to a survey of 1,387 students in Sociology 101 classes at a large west coast university,  25.8% of college students “somewhat” or “strongly agree” that romantic love brainwashes women. Another 20% could be convinced.  Interestingly, the numbers were similar for men and women, though women were a bit more likely to agree. Data from […]

Saturday Interview: Sam Fawcett

Sam Fawcett is a blogger from Somerset who, at term time, can be found residing in Exeter studying sociology and politics. He's also the deputy editor of the Young Fabian's magazine, Anticipations and pens his own thoughts at The Condition of the Left in England. Show More Summary

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Local Council By-Elections March 2015

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Feb Average/ contest +/- Feb +/- Seats Conservative 8 4,321 21.1% -4.5% 540 +155 +2 Labour 7 7,306 35.7% -0.2% 1,044 +505 -2 LibDem 5 288 1.4% -7.4% 57 -103 0 UKIP 3 1,148 5.6% -9.5% 382 +98...Show More Summary

What is Creole?

Flashback Friday. In his book, Authentic New Orleans, sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham explains that originally, and as late as the late 1800s, the term meant “indigenous to Louisiana.”  It was a geographic label and no more. But, during the early 1900s, the city of New Orleans racialized the term. White city elites, in search of […]

Top 100 Tweeting MPs 2014-15

Parliament is pretty much done. The Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition consciously uncouples, Members of Parliament relinquish their titles, special advisers and constituency bag carriers return to 'normal people' mode, and the parliamentary estate itself goes into snooze mode. Show More Summary

Clogged Traffic at the Gateway

March 26, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston All politicians lie, said I.F. Stone. But they don’t all lie as blatantly as Chris Christie did yesterday in repeating his vow not to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. Every bit of objective data we have tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs. Show More Summary

gen con stands up for gay rights

In one the proudest moments in the history of nerdery, GenCon’s ownership has come out against Indiana’s SB 101 bill, which encourages private businesses to discriminate against gay customers: The organizers of Gen Con, the city’s largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs […]

Southern States Lead Nation in Consumption of Gay Porn, But Why?

According to data released by Pornhub, 5.6% of porn users in Mississippi seek out gay porn, compared to 2.8% in North Dakota. On average, gay porn is more heavily consumed in states where same-sex marriage is legal than in states where it’s illegal, but every single state in the South has a gay porn use […]

the society of exit

If death used to be a 'great career move' for rockstars - if only that were still the case - it is hard to escape the sense that being axed is now a 'great career move' for the mega-celebrities, who...

Higher Ed as Cheerios

March 25, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston How embarrassing. The University of North Georgia used this stock photo for the cover of their course catalogue. Two White men in suit, white shirt, and tie crossing the finish line triumphantly well ahead of a White woman (dressed more casually). Show More Summary

open borders… in the new york times?

An op-ed in the New York Times makes the case for open borders. From Debunking the Myth of the Job Stealing Immigrant by Adam Davidson: … Few of us are calling for the thing that basic economic analysis shows would benefit nearly all of us: radically open borders. And yet the economic benefits of immigration […]

Why the Establishment Loves Jeremy Clarkson

Petrolheads everywhere, sob into your empty oil cans. For Top Gear is, as was, no more. The verdict couldn't have been anything else. Whatever you might think about Jeremy Clarkson, which in my case is not a lot, it was impossible even...Show More Summary

Sigma Alpha Epsilon: A Symptom of a Larger, Older Problem

  A revoked charter. Public condemnation by a University president. A pair of expulsions. The reactions to the now-infamous video of members of fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon singing “There will never be a ngger in SAE” have been swift and damning. Despite the public shock, though, this isn’t an isolated—or new—phenomenon. Such issues are reflective […]

Magical Thinking vs. Sociological Reasoning

By Karen Sternheimer A student of a colleague had failed a course after rarely attending and not completing several assignments. The ones he did complete were poorly done; he did not see the instructor in office hours despite repeated invitations...

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