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Who is White Van Dan?

There I was talking about the absurdity of British politics and it goes and takes an even sillier turn. After Dan Ware, or 'White Van Dan' as he'll forever now be known, became the unwitting figure at the heart of Westminster's most stupid resignation ever, the Currant Bun have now given him a 'voice of the nation' platform. Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: Rich Kids More Likely to be Working for Dad

A new paper by Martha Stinson and Christopher Wignall found that 9.6% of working-age men were working for their dad in 2010. The likelihood of nepotistic opportunism was related to class, generally climbing with the father’s income. This is just a “snapshot,” writes Matt O’Brien for The Washington Post. It’s just one year. If we […]

Saturday Interview: Roxanne Ellis

Roxanne Ellis is a Labour and Cooperative councillor on Gedling Borough Council and a founder member of the Young Labour Councillors Network. From a Labour family and something of a geek on all things politics and Sovietology, you can follow Roxanne on Twitter here. Show More Summary

deportation suspension and legalization: a great first step – now, let’s open the borders

From the Washington Post article on the “insanely  confusing” path to citizenship. Last night, President Obama announced new policies that would allow approximately five million persons to live in peace without fear of deportation. If you have lived in the United States for five years and have no crimes, you can obtain a status that […]

The Absurdity of British Politics

We are living in the most stupid period of politics ever. Emily Thornberry resigning over a tweet that might - and was - construed as snotty. Absurd. Then came UKIP's second by-election victory in Rochester and Strood. This was after...Show More Summary

Excluding Blacks From The National Collective

Flashback Friday. In a great book, The Averaged American, sociologist Sarah Igo uses case studies to tell the intellectual history of statistics, polling, and sampling. The premise is fascinating:  Today we’re bombarded with statistics about the U.S. Show More Summary

obama and immigration amnesty: let this be the first step toward free migration

On Thursday, President Obama is scheduled to make a speech where he will likely announce an executive order that curtails some of the worst aspects of our immigration system, such as deportation of individuals who were brought to our country as children. I fully understand that Obama is a politician, not a magician. Even if […]

Emily Thornberry's Mistweet

Oh dear. Earlier on this afternoon, Emily Thornberry, shadow attorney general tweeted this: Image from #Rochester— Emily Thornberry MP (@EmilyThornberry) November 20, 2014 Before you could say "too many tweets...Show More Summary

Why Did Doctors Stop Giving Women Orgasms?

In her provocative book, The Technology of Orgasm, Rachel Maines discusses a classic medical treatment for the historical diagnosis of “hysteria”: orgasm administered by a physician. Maines explains that manual stimulation of the clitoris was, for some time, a matter-of-fact part of medical treatment and a routine source of revenue for doctors. By the 19th century, […]

Community Engagement: Who is Best Served by Service Learning?

By Teresa Irene Gonzales Community-engagement. This is a term that is used quite a bit amongst college and university presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, and students in thinking about ways that colleges and universities can bridge the town-gown divide between university...

Aging, Living, and Dying

By Karen Sternheimer As a college professor, my students are almost always the same age—with a few outliers—but I continue to get older, which occasionally becomes more salient. Recently we screened the documentary The Central Park Five in our department,...

Social and Cultural Capital at School

By Sally Raskoff Have you ever thought about how your social relationships at school (and elsewhere) might help you in the future? Social capital, conceptualized by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, includes economic resources that one gains from being part of a...

socinfo 2014 proceedings – for free!!!

That is correct: SocInfo 2014 convened down the street from this building. Last week, I was lucky to attend the SocInfo 2014 conference. It drew together scholars at the intersection of social science and computer science. I will write up some notes later, but I wanted you to know that, for a few weeks, Springer […]

q&a with hahrie han: part deux

We continue our Q&A with Hahrie Han on her new Oxford University Press book, How Organizations Develop Activists. Question 3. A crucial distinction in your book is mobilizing vs. organizing? What does that mean?  The highest engagement...Show More Summary

Herbert Marcuse and One-Dimensional Man

Here's a name you don't hear often in radical circles any more: Herbert Marcuse. Even in the hallowed halls of sociology, this important Frankfurt School thinker merits nary a mention these days. And this is a shame because his work represents a strand of Western Marxism that never gave up hope in something better. Show More Summary

The Marks of War

Jason Deitch, a UC-Berkeley PhD in sociology, has long been fascinated with the cultural effects of war. A veteran, Deitch has served as an advisor and activist in many capacities, but his newest project, produced in his capacity as an advisor to the California State Library, is gaining national recognition. Along with Chris Brown of […]

Theories of the First Topsy-Turvy Doll

Lisa Hix has written a really nice story, “Why Black Dolls Matter,” for Collectors Weekly. The history of the topsy-turvy doll really caught my interest. The one below is characteristic. Believed to be from the 1870s, it is the head and torso of a black and a white doll, sewed together in the middle with a long […]

Happy Birthday, Zygmunt Bauman!

Zygmunt Bauman (1925- ) is a Polish sociologist. Although his work on postmodern capitalism has been very influential, he is arguably most famous for his analysis of modernity and the Holocaust. Rather than a return to barbarism, Bauman argued the Holocaust was not possible without modernity. By modernity he meant the modern concern with ordering, cataloging, […]

That Catcalling Video: Research Methods Edition

First, there were the accolades. More than 100 instances of street harassment in a two minute video, testifying powerfully to the routine invasion of women’s lives by male strangers. Then, there was the criticism. How is it, people asked, that the majority of the men are black? They argued: this video isn’t an indictment of men, it’s an indictment of […]

What Sociologists Can Tell Us About Serial Killing

In 1897, sociologist Émile Durkheim published research arguing that suicide – something previously believed to be decidedly unsociological – could be understood as a social phenomenon. He pointed out that suicide rates are not evenly...Show More Summary

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