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Why Don’t Jury Pools Bond Anymore? Character vs. Structure

I was on jury duty this week, and the greatest challenge for me was the “David Brooks temptation” to use the experience to expound on the differences in generations and the great changes in culture and character that technology and history have brought. I did my first tour of duty in the 1970s. Back then you […]

the emergence of gay rights: a sociological perspective

On Friday, the Supreme Court rules that marriage should be available straight and gay couples in all 50 states. This represents the most important policy victory so far of the gay rights movement. How did it get there? Future scholars will no doubt write extensively on this issue, but it helps to start with political […]

West Midlands Labour Leadership Hustings

It might be a building site, but already New Street Station looks better than the soulless vault it previously was. Something else was also better than preceding iterations. When I trekked down to Birmingham yesterday for the Labour leadership and deputy leadership hustings, my hopes were not high. Show More Summary

Quarter Two Local By-Election Results 2015

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Q1 Average/ contest +/- Q1 +/- Seats Conservative 90 134,775 35.7% +11.3% 1,498 +1,017 +11 Labour 90 120,835 32.0% -0.3% 1,343 +628 -4 LibDem 58 33,895 9.0% +3.5% 584 +426 -1 UKIP 59 35,169...Show More Summary

Oh Yeah, Don’t Forget the Guns

Ouch. In case you were feeling too good about the demotion of the Confederate flag, here’s one from cartoonist Jonathan Schmock: Visit Schmock’s website here. 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.

bill dixon’s winter song (1964)

Hipsters: the arrangement was once published in Downbeat; pop out the microfilm reader and get your tuba out. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Local Council By-Elections June 2015

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- May Average/ contest +/- May +/- Seats Conservative 15 9,476 32.1% -4.0% 632 -1,141 +3 Labour 12 7,062 24.0% -8.6% 589 -895 -1 LibDem 7 4,009 13.6% +5.1% 573 -17 0 UKIP 15 3,152 10.7% +1.5%...Show More Summary

Where is Gay Marriage Legal in the U.S.?

On June 26th, 2015, the United States Supreme Court ruled that bans on same-sex marriage violate the 14th Amendment of the Constitution. This is your image of the week: 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.

Stateways v. Folkways; Alito v. Roberts

June 27, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingsto n“Stateways cannot change folkways.” Or can they? That’s an empirical question, and it figures briefly in two of the dissents in the Supreme Court’s gay-marriage decision yesterday.Chief Justice Roberts (Dread Justice Roberts – except for an occasional Obamacare decision) and Justice Alito both dissented. Show More Summary

Unfair: The justice system is broken, can science fix it?

From false confessions to expert testimony that juries are ill-equipped to understand, our criminal justice system needs a radical refit, says a new book

Mercs for the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis

This is like writing about a piece of my childhood. Mercs was acquired around Christmas time 1991 and cost forty of my pounds from In Toto, a long-disappeared indie computer shop in Derby. And, good grief, wasn't this game played to death. Show More Summary

A SocImages Collection: Same-Sex Marriage

Legal status of same-sex marriage in the U.S.: 2015: Supreme Court rules ban on same-sex marriage unconstitutional 2013: A great year for marriage equality 2012: Map of the state legality of same-sex marriage in the U.S. The social psychology of same-sex marriage: Why are people changing their minds on same-sex marriage? The contact hypothesis: Does knowing a gay […]

Race and the Criminalization of Opium, Marijuana, and More

Flashback Friday. My great-grandma would put a few drops of turpentine on a sugar cube as a cure-all for any type of cough or respiratory ailment. Nobody in the family ever had any obvious negative effects from it as far as I know. And once when I had a sinus infection my grandma suggested that […]

Character or Structure – The David Brooks Temptation

June 26, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston I was on jury duty this week, and the greatest challenge for me was the David Brooks temptation. I found myself on the verge of using that experience to expound on the differences in generations on the great changes in culture and character that technology and history have brought. Show More Summary

picking the right metric: from college ratings to the cold war

Two years ago, President Obama announced a plan to create government ratings for colleges—in his words, “on who’s offering the best value so students and taxpayers get a bigger bang for their buck.” The Department of Education was charged with developing such ratings, but they were quickly mired in controversy. What outcomes should be measured? […]

Religion, Climate Change, and Poverty

By Peter Kaufman There is a new sociologist on the block: he does not have a Ph.D., does not teach at a university, and as far as I know, may have never even taken a sociology course. In fact, he...

art museums should sell more of their collections

Michael O’Hare of UC Berkeley talks about policy reform in art museums in this Econtalk podcast. He made two points that I like a lot: Art museums hold tons of materials that are never shown, looked at, or studied. Why not sell the bottom 1 or 2% of holdings to make attendance free? Museum ticket […]

The Politics of Tory Pledge-Breaking

Political gravity is starting to assert itself on the Tories' ridiculous manifesto. You will recall that this gang of scaremongerers, who spent the entire election trading on economic competence, getting the deficit and public sector...Show More Summary

Pluralistic Ignorance and Retreat from the Confederate Flag

The governors of Virginia and South Carolina have now taken stands against the Confederate battle flag. So have honchos at WalMart, Sears, Target, and NASCAR. NASCAR! How could this cascade of reversals have happened so rapidly? Did these important people wake up one morning this week and say to themselves, “Gee, I never realized that […]

Grexit may be averted but threat to eurozone stability remains

Even if a bailout deal is agreed, dangers remain – the European network has inherent weaknesses, and greater wealth inequality may just make it worse

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