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UN Squadron for the Super Nintendo

Nintendo's Super Famicom (SNES for the rest of us outside of Japan) was a relatively late entry into the 16 bit console market. As such, it came to the party with tech specs that, on paper, outclassed its main opposition: the PC Engine in Japan, Sega's MegaDrive everywhere else. Show More Summary

Uncertainty and Foreboding. Are Things Really Falling Apart?

December 26, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Don’t be fooled by the stories in the headlines or on the evening news, says Steven Pinker in an article for Slate (here). Those stories are about death and devastation, and they reinforce a popular but incorrect picture of a world in chaos. Show More Summary

Doing Gender with the Face, Featuring Erika Linder

We’re celebrating the end of the year with our most popular posts from 2014, plus a few of our favorites tossed in.  Enjoy! Sociologists often say that gender is partly a performance. How we talk and laugh and what we say; how we stand, sit, and move; how we dress, wear our hair, and adorn […]

Happy Holidays!

A merry day of celebration to those of you who care, from The Society Pages and card-maker extraordinaire, Letta Page! 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.

Wham! - Last Christmas

I've always had a soft spot for George Michael. Deal with it.

Exploiting Gender at the Holidays

Thansk to Meia G. for sending in these “tool set” ornaments for sale at Home Depot. Notice that they don’t just group these tools into ones associated with women (gardening) and men (building), they actually label them as women’s and men’s on the price sticker. This is a great example of how gender isn’t just […]

UKIP and the Perils of Professionalism

UKIP have the opposite problem to the Conservatives. The Tories are a tuned machine being tested to destruction by the clods in the control room. UKIP on the other hand have a leadership who, in the main, know what they're doing but are cursed with a jerry-rig thrown together from whatever rusty parts they find lying around. Show More Summary

Review: Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer

Sure to be a classic! The tale begins with a baby calf named Rudolph born to what is assumed to be a typical reindeer family.  Immediately we recognize that this is no typical Hollywood tale. As we all know, male reindeer lose their antlers in late fall, but female retain throughout the Christmas season. By […]

what programming tools should computational sociologists know?

Right now, very few sociology programs teach what you need to know to participate in the current revolution that is data science. In many cases, people self-educate. They pick up some R in a stats class, then Python and so forth. But let’s be systematic about this. If you were designing a curriculum for a […]

Whose Anecdote Is This Anyway?

December 22, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston It’s not exactly plagiarism, this similarity between one author and another. But what is it – inspiration, homage, or just a plain ripoff?I’ve been reading Wild by Cheryl Strayed, which, according...Show More Summary

The Tory Drive to Suicide

The Tory party is a peculiar beast. On the one hand, it's adept at getting the wealthy to part with their cash by open and less transparent methods. And all this money bankrolls a machine that has been and will continue to flood the key marginals with glossy, high production value literature. Show More Summary

my ref prediction

I’m kind of obsessed with the REF, considering that it has zero direct impact on my life. It’s sort of like watching a train wreck in progress, and every time there’s big REF news I thank my lucky stars I’m in the U.S. and not the U.K. For those who might not have been paying […]

Did the Nazis Celebrate Christmas?

Yes, but it was a weird thing you see. The Nazis were waging war and exterminating Jews.  Meanwhile, Christmas was about celebrating peace and the birth of Jesus, a Jew. Said the Nazi propagandist Friedrich Rehm in 1937: We cannot accept that a German Christmas tree has anything to do with a crib in a manger […]

does race exist? part trois

This semester we spent a lot of time discussing Shiao et al’s (2012) article in Sociological Theory claiming that recent genetic research provides a reason to believe that “races” exist. Now we’ll discuss the symposium that was recently published. There are three responses by Anne Morning, Daniel Hosag, and Fujimora et al. There is a […]

Local Council By-Election Results 2014

Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- 2013 Average/ contest +/- 2013 +/- Seats Conservative 297 157,415 29.1% +2.7% 530 +106 -13 Labour 276 157,252 29.1% -3.2% 570 -13 +2 LibDem 199 61,786 11.4 % -0.4% 310 +39 +7 UKIP 209 81,109...Show More Summary

Just for Fun: Santa on Sociologists

He doesn’t trust us.  And fairly so. Real breaking news. False headline by nicrobe. 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.

jazz in sillhouette

There’s never enough Sun Ra. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power  

Between Protesters and Police: How a Photojournalist Got “The Shot”

Iconic images — such as a single student standing stoic before Red Army tanks in Tiananmen Square, a protester leaning forward to put a flower into the barrel of a soldier’s gun, or two African-American athletes raising black-gloved fists on the Olympic victory podium — often seem to shape much of what we “know” about […]

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