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How inequality is poisoning the world – and how to end it

From spending habits, to notions about hard work, and even who should end up in jail, inequality infests our world – so argue three new books

joe paterno and the sociological relevance of scandal

Joe Paterno is back in the news.  It looks bad. The whole thing, of course, is disgusting and terrible and just incredible sad. If there is a charitable way to understand Joe Paterno, I think it is via the Catholic understanding of “scandal,” which is not actually only about something bad and embarrassing happening, but […]

An Epidemic of Narcissism?

July 14, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston There it was again, the panic about the narcissism of millennialas as evidenced by selfies. This time it was NPR’s podcast Hidden Brain. The show’s host Shankar Vedantem chose to speak with only...Show More Summary

announcing socarxiv: the open-access repository for social science

If you are a social scientist who supports open access, please take five minutes to read this post, follow the instructions below, and help us launch SocArXiv, the new open repository for social science now being rolled out. Almost all academics are frustrated by the fact that so much research is behind a paywall. Even other researchers are […]

Theresa May's One Nation Toryism

Finally the curtain has fallen on the era of Dave and Osborne. A day I've longed to see, but one that has only happened because they trashed the country and left a trail of devastation we'll be picking over for decades. But more of them another time, for we have a new tenant in Downing Street. Show More Summary

A Woman Steps Out onto the Glass Cliff: Theresa May to Lead the UK

At the end of last month, just after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a commentator at the lauded US News and World Report claimed that the “general consensus” was that the vote was a “veritable dumpster fire.” Since then, most citizens of the EU, many Americans, and lots of UK citizens, […]

Why granny’s only robot will be a sex robot

We need home care bots far more than we need sex robots, but guess which one we're more likely to get

Milky Way’s bulge may have been formed by the galaxy buckling

The origin of the bump at the centre of many disc galaxies has long puzzled astronomers, but now there’s evidence it could be due to a cosmic kink

Tim Peake: Robots won’t replace me for 100 years

Fresh from his mission on the International Space Station, British ESA astronaut Tim Peake will be at New Scientist Live to talk about his time in space. Here’s a taster

understanding the next steps for black lives matter

As a scholarly observer of social movements and a person who thinks that African Americans are mistreated by the criminal justice system, I have been very interested in what Black Lives Matter will do in the days and months to follow. The shootings of Philando Castile and Alton Sterling highlight multiple problems – police officers […]

Nomad’s land: Journey into the rugged heart of the Sahara

The mountainous Tibesti holds clues to a verdant past – but terrain and politics have kept scientists out. Exclusive photos show what geologists found this year

Challenging Confirmation Bias: Ways to Widen Your Perspective

By Jonathan Wynn It feels like there’s a lot going on. A presidential election and all of the discussion about gun and immigration politics. Supreme Court rulings. Orlando. Black Lives Matter. There is good reason to raise that rainbow flag...

Resurrected radio dish could guide GPS on the moon

Two spaceflight companies want guide satellites in lunar orbit using the giant satellite dish that brought Britain its first TV images

state of the field article on field theory in non-profit organizations, by Emily Barman, now available

We’re at the halfway mark in July.  Looking for summer reading that covers the latest sociological theories in non-profit research?  Emily Barman has a “state of the field” article on the use of field theory in the non-profit organizations literature in the Organizations and Work section of Sociology Compass. Here’s the abstract for her article […]

Trump Supporters Substantially More Racist Than Other Republicans

A set of polls by Reuters/Ipsos — the first done just before Cruz and Kasich dropped out of the primary race and the second sometime after — suggests that, when it comes to attitudes toward African Americans, Republicans who favored Cruz and (especially) Kasich have more in common with Clinton supporters than they do Trump supporters. […]

May We Remember

Like many Americans the news of the deaths of two black men in Louisiana and Minnesota, and of the police officers in Texas shook me to the core. Feelings of sadness, anxiety, fear, and from those anger, flooded me for several days.Show More Summary

w.e.b. dubois’ illustrations of black social science data

The website Hyperallergic has a nice article on the drawings that DuBois’ did visualizing some of his data. For a 1900 exhibition, DuBois made, by hand, these interesting visualizations. Tufte, eat yer heart out! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

The Eagle Has Floundered

After the dithering, Angela Eagle has finally confirmed she's standing for leader. Looking tentative and uncertain on both Peston and The Sunday Politics, Angela hardly cut the most convincing of figures. Perhaps because she knows this...Show More Summary

lauren newton w/reeds, 2015

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Andrea Leadsom and Tory Decadence

"In truth @andrealeadsom better suited to obscurity than high office" so tweeted backbench Tory Sarah Wollaston this morning. And I for one find it hard to disagree. Since Leadsom was touted as a potential leader in the early days of...Show More Summary

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