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North Korea missile test is the tip of world's nuclear iceberg

Kim Jong-un's nuclear ambitions aren't the only reason a nuke-free world is looking more like a pipe dream. All nuclear states are currently upgrading their arsenals

I've won a day in court for two chimps

Chimps in research units deserve the same legal protection as detainees, says lawyer Steven Wise – and a US court seems to agree

can powerful, elite-led organizations lessen inequality?

Hi all, I’m Ellen Berrey. I’ll be guest blogging over the next few weeks about inequality, culture, race, organizations, law, and multi-case ethnography. Thanks for the invite, Katherine, and the warm welcomes! Here’s what I’m all about: I’m an assistant professor of sociology at the University at Buffalo-SUNY and an affiliated scholar of the American […]

Is Sensitivity a Plague?

May 13, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston I begin my Foundations of Sociological Inquiry course with Durkheim, specifically the stability of suicide rates. Last year, after that first class, one of the students asked to speak with me for a minute. Show More Summary

book review: fighting for peace by lisa leitz

The recent Political Science Quarterly carries my book review of Lisa Leitz’ Fighting for Peace: Fighting for Peace: Veterans and Military Families in the Anti-Iraq War Movement. My choice quote: As a study of social psychology, Fighting for Peace is a strong contribution to the ever-growing literature on activist identity and biography. It is a fitting addition to […]

The Worst Election Result Ever

After getting routinely thumped by the Elvis Loves Pets party, where else can your vote go except... down? All is not what it seems. There are dirty tricks afoot. It emerges that the candidate and his wife claim to have voted for TUSC. I smell a rat.

does remembering racial violence matter? – a guest post by raj ghoshal and claire whitlinger

Raj Ghoshal ( is an assistant professor of sociology at Goucher College. Claire Whitlinger ( is a graduate student in sociology at Michigan, starting as an assistant professor at Furman University in August. Show More Summary

It's Going to be a Long Five Years

I really didn't want to be writing this. At the very least I was hoping to have a Kremlinological geek out over possible coalition combinations. But no. The worst came to pass. Not only were the Conservatives the largest party, but contrary to everything I've written about them this last two-and-a-half years they scraped the thinnest of majorities. Show More Summary

Does the Finance Industry Benefit Society?

Yesterday, the New York Times had a story about the enormous sums that hedge funders took home last year. Last year, the hedge fund industry had returns of only 3 percent on average… But the top 25 managers still managed to earn $11.62 billion in compensation in 2014. Kenneth C. Griffin of Citadel… $1.3 billion… […]

dear UK: more tweets, more votes!!!!

Previous More Tweets, More Votes coverage The Oxford Internet Institute reports that Twitter data picked up some of the trends in last week’s election, when traditional polling did poorly. In their blog, they ask – did social media suggest the massive upset from last week? Answer, somewhat: The data we produced last night produces a […]

On Centre Grounds and Aspirations

Tony Blair's enduring, if banal, insight is that parties win elections from the centre ground. Labour has to be where most of the voters are in order to win seats enough to govern. While in one sense true, in another the centre ground is a many legged beast. Show More Summary

Great Moments in Peaceful Protest History

By Matt Lubchansky at The Nib. See more comics here or support the comic. 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.

a warm welcome to guest blogger Ellen Berrey

Please join us in welcoming sociologist Ellen Berrey, who will be guest blogging about her hot-off-the-press book The Enigma of Diversity: The Language of Diversity and the Limits of Racial Justice  (2015, University of Chicago Press). Here’s the blurb for the book: Diversity these days is a hallowed American value, widely shared and honored. That’s […]

the under appreciated pete laroca

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Fear, Loathing, and the UK General Election

We now know what happened, but why did it happen? How was it that an election campaign characterised by two different approaches, one upbeat, one defeated-looking; one that had momentum and enthusiasm and the other little more than desperate...Show More Summary

Men Value Independence in their Daughters More than Their Wives

New data collected for the Shriver Report offers a telling insight into modern marriage. They asked 818 men representative of the adult U.S. population to choose three “qualities that [they] most want” in a daughter from a set of 10. Offering the same list, they asked which qualities they wanted in a wife or female partner. Intelligence topped both […]

Surrogacy: An International Birth Market

By Sally Raskoff News about the terrible earthquake in Nepal drew attention to the practice of Israeli citizens using Indian surrogates who give birth to their babies in Nepal. The newborns have been sent home with their Israeli parents, yet...

Electronic - Disappointed

This about sums it up. Proper services resume tomorrow.

Dire warning for Tories on research, environment and health

The hard facts of science and technology present David Cameron's new UK government with hard problems – and professor of politics Tim Bale sees trouble coming

Dire warning for Tories on Europe, climate, health and spending

How will climate change, energy, Europe, health and research fare under the new UK government? Professor of politics Tim Bale sees trouble coming

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