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Are Economics Majors Anti-Social?

Yep. Economics majors are more anti-social than non-econ majors. And taking econ classes also makes people more anti-social than they were before. It turns out, there’s quite a bit of research on this, nicely summarized here.  Econ majors are less likely to share, less generous to the needy, and more likely to cheat, lie, and steal. In one […]

Dave and Ed's Last Prime Minister's Questions

It's been a long, tedious road; but here we are. In regular slots since the 13th October, 2010 Dave and Ed have faced off in gladiatorial combat over the dispatch box. How did it go? It was pretty poor, from Labour's perspective. Especially when, for those who score such things, Ed Miliband had come out on top. Show More Summary

orgtheory puzzle: why does sears still exist?

Puzzle for you all your org behavior/theory of the firm types: Why does Sears still exist? Normally, when we think about why successful firms exist, we think that they have a unique product, fill a niche, or have some sort of incumbent advantage. Or just overly aggressive management. But in a world of Amazon, Target, […]

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

How do you deal with people who have committed horrific and violent acts and yet at the same time have not been held criminally responsible for them? This is the premise for the latest two-parter from Louis Theroux, who in recent years has graduated from his tabloid telly documentaries to more mature - and darker - subject matter. Show More Summary

new article: from cigarettes to smartphones

I have a new piece in openDemocracy, exploring cultural and economic transitions, via the shift from a society of cigarettes to one of smartphones. Here's a chunk:...on a deeper psychological and cultural level, the difference between these two framing...

Power and the Gaze: What Does Resistance Look Like?

In 1975, Mulvey conceptualized the gaze as the power derived by the viewer when they cast their glance upon a hierarchized, usually female, body. This idea perfectly captures the way a subject on film is both frozen in a time and space, and consumed. I want to turn that around, in a more kyriarchal and […]

Retiring with Your Parents

  With the baby boomer generation hitting retirement ages, there it’s important to consider how retirement affects this enormous cohort and their families. One unique aspect of today’s retirement is the occasional retirement overlap: both parents and children are retired at the same time. In an interview with The New York Times, Phyllis Moen of […]

b-school profs read their worst evaluations

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Why Dave Has Ruled Out a Third Term

How short are political memories? Being someone with stints in Leninist organisations behind me, one lesson I talk from those times was how the party styled itself as the collective memory of the class. Hence why the repetitious lead offs on the Russian Revolution and rinse and repeat articles on the old beards. Show More Summary

For Successful Kids, It’s Family Stability Over Family Structure

  Sociologists Jamie Seabrook and William Avison’s research shatters the myth that children from single parent homes have worse outcomes than kids living with both parents. They told Northumberland Today that other factors better predict the future than whether a child lives with one versus two parents. “Instability really is the risk factor,” said Avison. […]

Beliefs About Brilliance and the Demography of Academic Fields

A new study led by philosopher Sarah-Jane Leslie challenges the idea that women are underrepresented in STEM fields. They first note that there are some STEM fields where women do well (they are 54% of molecular biologists, for example) and some humanities fields where they don’t (they are only 31% of philosophers). Something else, they […]

what higher ed might share with the ferguson p.d.

This has been hanging in my mind ever since the Department of Justice report on the Ferguson police department came out a couple of weeks ago. I’ve been loathe to write about it for fear of trivializing the events in Ferguson. Also, it seems somewhat obvious. But I think it’s important to highlight how the […]

To Kindle a Fire

March 21, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston “Ye shall kindle no fire throughout your habitations upon the sabbath day” (Exodus 35:3). Orthodox Jews extend this prohibition to electricity. No flipping that wall switch or pushing the start button. Show More Summary

Just For Fun: The Secret to a Perfect Body…

…genetics! From College Humor. 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.

virtual q & a with randol contreras, author of the stick up kids, starting april 6, 2015

orgheads, Looking for insight into the informal economy, the relationship between a lack of jobs and criminal activity, or ethnographic methods? UToronto sociologist (and CCNY and Graduate Center sociology alum!) Randol Contreras has agreed to do a virtual question and answer session here, at orgtheory, about his book The Stick Up Kids: Race, Drugs, Violence, […]

Afzal Amin and the Politics of Cynicism

As Tory scandals go, it's a bit of a corker. Forget Grant Shapps and his name-changing hijinks, the furore that has erupted over Afzal Amin's attempted dealings with the EDL is the real deal.If you don't know what I'm talking about and...Show More Summary

more tweets, more votes: it works for facebook likes

When I started working on the politics/social media correlation, a few researchers told me that is doesn’t work with Facebook data. Here’s a new article argues the opposites – Facebook likes are good predictors in recent Indian elections: Can the count of ‘likes’ recorded on the Facebook page of a party predict whether it will win […]

Michael Jackson's Moonwalker for the Sega MegaDrive/Genesis

If you weren't a certain age in the late 1980s, it's difficult to describe how massive Michael Jackson was. Almost six years dead, he's a bit of a joke. The man with the plastic face and an alleged unhealthy interest in children. If you weren't there, it's hard to get a handle on what he was about. Show More Summary

michala petri and lars hannibal play bach

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Chart of the Week: The Breadth of European Colonization

This is a map of the countries Europe colonized, controlled, or influenced between 1500 and 1960. The purple is Europe. The orange countries are ones never under European rule. Almost the entire rest of the map — all the green, blue, and yellow — were dominated by Europe to some extent. “Influenced” is pretty much a euphemism and often not […]

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