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if sociology had an igm panel

The IGM panel of economic experts got some recent buzz because 63% of their experts — 81%, when weighted by confidence — disagree with the Piketty-inspired argument that r > g is driving recent wealth inequality in the U.S. I always enjoy reading these surveys. The panel includes 50 or so top academic economists, from a variety […]

do we need multi-disciplinary organization research? a guest post by siri ann terjesen

Siri Ann Terjesen is an assistant professor of management and international business at Indiana University and an Associate Editor of the Academy of Management Learning & Education. She is an entrepreneurship researcher and she also does work on supply chains and related issues. Show More Summary

Is This #HeForShe Video Helping Feminism?

The United Nations’ #HeForShe campaign had a fantastic launch, with Emma Watson’s impassioned speech deservedly going viral. She stood up and described how everyday sexism continues to discourage girls and women from being strong, physical, and outspoken. Show More Summary

Happy Birthday, Louis Althusser!

Image borrowed from BHL. Have a scholar we should commemorate?  Send us a wacky pic and we will! 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.

How (Some) Economists Are Like Doomsday Cult Members

Four years ago, twenty-three economists (mostly conservative) signed a letter to Ben Bernanke warning that the Fed’s quantitative easing policy – adding billions of dollars to the economy – would be disastrous. It would “debase the currency,” create high inflation, distort financial markets, and do nothing to reduce unemployment. Four years later, it’s clear that […]

Happy Birthday, Michel Foucault!

From 100 Books that Should Be Written; submitted by Morten B. 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.

Goffman and the Sociology of Video Games

Erving Goffman. Certainly a sociologist who hasn't had much of an airing round these parts. Not that I have anything against him or his body of work, it's more that we have very different problematics. He was interested in the micro level, of the practices, stratagems and conventions of interaction between individuals. Show More Summary

World Standards and American Exceptionalism

October 14, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Today is World Standards Day. “The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.” It seems like a good idea, everyone using the same standards and measurements. Show More Summary

Mentions of Race, Gender, and Inequality in Academic Articles

Philip Cohen published an interesting post using Web of Science data to show how academics talk about inequality in the 1980s to present. Phil looks at variations of the phrase “race, class, gender”, and the rise of “social inequality” over “social stratification”, in the titles of journal articles.  Here’s another slice at the topic. I used […]

10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy

Today is Love Your Body Day and is this is our favorite body positive post of the year, re-posted in celebration.  Rachel Wiley delivers a provocative poem about her experience as a “fat girl” loved by a skinny boy.  My favorite part: My college theater professor once told me that despite my talent, I would never be […]

Love Your Body Day: Hall of Fame and Shame

It’s Love Your Body day!  Below is a Hall of Fame and a Hall of Shame.  The second set of posts reveal just what we’re up against, but the first set is a salve, a celebration of all of our beautifully diverse and interesting bodies. You choose what will amp you up today,  but don’t miss this […]

Understanding Violence Sociologically

By Peter Kaufman Violence is ubiquitous. We see it in television shows, movies, video games, and advertisements; we read about it in news articles, magazines, and books; we speak about it—both literally when we recount what’s happening in the world,...

before you say race isn’t real, you need a definition of race

This week, I’d like to focus on the sociology of race. We’ll discuss Shiao et al.’s Sociological Theory article The Genomic Challenge to the Social Construction of Race, which is the subject of a symposium. After you read the article and symposium, you might enjoy the Scatterplot discussion. In this first post, I’d like to […]

Reported Sex Offenses Rise in Response to Reform at Occidental College

In 2013, after years of trying to reform the institution from the inside, faculty and students at my college submitted two complaints to the federal government. The combined 330 pages allege sexual harassment, assault, and battery on...Show More Summary

funk and hirschman on derivatives

All around super nice guys and scholars Russell Funk and Dan Hirschman have a new paper in ASQ on financial regulations. The basic idea is that new securities can slowly unravel regulatory schemes: Regulators, much like market actors, rely on categorical distinctions. Innovations that are ambiguous to regulatory categories but not to market actors present […]

Just for Fun: Muggle Studies

By Stacy, who blogs at maraglen.tumblr.com. 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.

Labour's Whipped Palestine Vote

Picking a fight with one of your party's most powerful lobbies is a risky affair. When so doing having a clear objective in mind helps, as well as a strategy that shows off your leadership virtues. Think Tony Blair and the unions. Think - yes - Dave and equal marriage. Show More Summary

the hidden gem that is NPR’s tiny desk concerts

“… Oh, and her English cackle.” via guest DJ M&M. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Saturday Interview: Harry Paterson

Harry Paterson is a socialist activist from Nottingham where he has spent his political life. His first book, an excellent history of the 1984-5 miners' strike in Nottinghamshire, Look Back In Anger was published this summer. You can follow Harry on Twitter here - Do you regularly read blogs? If so, which ones? I do. Show More Summary

Map of the Week: 57% of Languages Do Not Have Gendered Pronouns

The map below is an interactive available at the World Atlas of Language Structures.  Each dot represents a language. White dots are languages that do not include gendered pronouns. No “he” or “she.” Just a gender neutral word that means person. The colored dots refer to languages with gendered pronouns, but there are more than one kind, as […]

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