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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

Even if Grexit is avoided, threat to eurozone stability remains

Even if a bailout deal is agreed, dangers remain – a model finds that the European network could become unstable if wealth is too unevenly distributed

Every Fathers’ Day, More Kids Boast Two Dads

  Between the high costs of adoption and surrogacy, same-sex parents face many more obstacles than most heterosexual couples when it comes to adding a child to the family photo. Among those couples who go the distance, lesbians have been much more likely than gay men to parent, but the number of male couples seeking […]

institutionalism 3.0

When I was finishing grad school, I thought we were done with institutionalism. At that time, folks were publishing study after study of diffusion within organizational communities. Didn’t seem like there was much more to say. Then, there was an explosion of interest in contentious politics and organizational fields. Brayden is part of that cohort, […]

A Note on Policing and Child Sex Exploitation

The abuse of children is in the news again as a further 300 suspects have reportedly been identified by the authorities. As we know, while young girls were trafficked and gang raped with seeming impunity, this was occasioned by widespread institutional failure, as well as the suggestion of some backscratching cover ups. Show More Summary

What To Do With A City’s Racist Past?

In the aftermath of Dylann Roof’s racist murder, some cities in the South are reconsidering their relationship to the Confederate Flag. Should it fly? Be in a museum? Burn? The discussion raises larger questions of how to move forward from ugly histories without simultaneously whitewashing a city’s past. And, as well, how do we know when something is […]

YouThought So Too? I Had No Idea.

June 24, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston The governors of Virginia and South Carolina have now taken stands against the Confederate flag. So have honchos at WalMart, Sears, Target, and NASCAR.NASCAR! How could this cascade of reversals...Show More Summary

working with computer scientists

In North Carolina, this is called the “Vaisey Cart.“ I’ve recently begun to work with a crew of computer scientists at Indiana when I was recruited to help with a social media project. It’s been a highly informative experience that has reinforced my belief that sociologists and computer scientists should team up. Some observations: CS […]

Don't Blame the Council

Documentaries looking at how local authorities are coping with the cuts tend not to end happily. Ask Stoke-on-Trent. I think the same can be said about tonight's featurette, Don't Blame the Council, featuring Wigan Council. Unlike the Stoke experience, this focused on the council's employees in one section: Environmental Services. Show More Summary

Millennials are No Less Racist than Generation X

One of the important conversations that has began in the wake of Dylann Roof’s racist murder in South Carolina has to do with racism among members of the Millennial generation. We’ve placed a lot of faith in this generation to pull us out of our racist path, but Roof’s actions may help remind us that racism will […]

grad skool rulz #40: the quality/quantity trade off in publishing

Students, and early career faculty, often ask about whether they should “go big” or fill up the cv with “smaller” publications. Here is my view: start by asking about the type of program you want to be in and your career stage. Then, apply the following rules: High status programs prefer “big hits.” In some […]

Censoring Durkheim's Suicide

Suicide is commonly understood as a deeply personal act. It is usually linked with mental health problems, and is - rightly - regarded as a tragedy for its victim and all those their life touched. The bereaved are often left with soShow More Summary

I want to give you a thoughtful home, not just a smart one

After many false dawns, smart home technology is ready to start taking care of you – and maybe even your diary – says Tony Fadell, CEO of Nest Labs

Internships and Inequality

By Karen Sternheimer It’s summer break now for most students, many of whom are using this time to do a summer internship. Internships can be a great way to learn firsthand about what it’s like to work in a particular...

Don't fear apocalyptic asteroids: you're safer than you think

A star-studded group of campaigners are promoting Asteroid Day to raise awareness of the threat of incoming rocks. Are we really facing imminent disaster?

Working Moms Face Extra “Performance Reviews”

  Men and women who are lawyers, consultants, or hold other prestigious jobs find themselves answering late night emails and weekend phone calls. Even when they’re “off the clock,” trying to relax with their families, highly paid professionals often attend to work. Still, men and women tend to cope with demands for their time differently, […]

the hookup scene: good or bad?

Let’s start with a thought experiment. Assume we want to sell widgets but we haven’t developed any mechanism for coordinating buyers and sellers. Then, you read a proposal for setting up a widget exchange. It will have the following properties: Low information – the buyers and sellers don’t really have a lot of accurate information […]

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