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World Standards and American Exceptionalism

October 14, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Today is World Standards Day. “The aim of World Standards Day is to raise awareness among regulators, industry and consumers as to the importance of standardization to the global economy.” It seems like a good idea, everyone using the same standards and measurements. Show More Summary

Mentions of Race, Gender, and Inequality in Academic Articles

Philip Cohen published an interesting post using Web of Science data to show how academics talk about inequality in the 1980s to present. Phil looks at variations of the phrase “race, class, gender”, and the rise of “social inequality” over “social stratification”, in the titles of journal articles.  Here’s another slice at the topic. I used […]

10 Honest Thoughts on Being Loved by a Skinny Boy

Today is Love Your Body Day and is this is our favorite body positive post of the year, re-posted in celebration.  Rachel Wiley delivers a provocative poem about her experience as a “fat girl” loved by a skinny boy.  My favorite part: My college theater professor once told me that despite my talent, I would never be […]

Love Your Body Day: Hall of Fame and Shame

It’s Love Your Body day!  Below is a Hall of Fame and a Hall of Shame.  The second set of posts reveal just what we’re up against, but the first set is a salve, a celebration of all of our beautifully diverse and interesting bodies. You choose what will amp you up today,  but don’t miss this […]

Understanding Violence Sociologically

By Peter Kaufman Violence is ubiquitous. We see it in television shows, movies, video games, and advertisements; we read about it in news articles, magazines, and books; we speak about it—both literally when we recount what’s happening in the world,...

before you say race isn’t real, you need a definition of race

This week, I’d like to focus on the sociology of race. We’ll discuss Shiao et al.’s Sociological Theory article The Genomic Challenge to the Social Construction of Race, which is the subject of a symposium. After you read the article and symposium, you might enjoy the Scatterplot discussion. In this first post, I’d like to […]

Reported Sex Offenses Rise in Response to Reform at Occidental College

In 2013, after years of trying to reform the institution from the inside, faculty and students at my college submitted two complaints to the federal government. The combined 330 pages allege sexual harassment, assault, and battery on...Show More Summary

funk and hirschman on derivatives

All around super nice guys and scholars Russell Funk and Dan Hirschman have a new paper in ASQ on financial regulations. The basic idea is that new securities can slowly unravel regulatory schemes: Regulators, much like market actors, rely on categorical distinctions. Innovations that are ambiguous to regulatory categories but not to market actors present […]

Just for Fun: Muggle Studies

By Stacy, who blogs at maraglen.tumblr.com. 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.

Labour's Whipped Palestine Vote

Picking a fight with one of your party's most powerful lobbies is a risky affair. When so doing having a clear objective in mind helps, as well as a strategy that shows off your leadership virtues. Think Tony Blair and the unions. Think - yes - Dave and equal marriage. Show More Summary

the hidden gem that is NPR’s tiny desk concerts

“… Oh, and her English cackle.” via guest DJ M&M. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Saturday Interview: Harry Paterson

Harry Paterson is a socialist activist from Nottingham where he has spent his political life. His first book, an excellent history of the 1984-5 miners' strike in Nottinghamshire, Look Back In Anger was published this summer. You can follow Harry on Twitter here - Do you regularly read blogs? If so, which ones? I do. Show More Summary

Map of the Week: 57% of Languages Do Not Have Gendered Pronouns

The map below is an interactive available at the World Atlas of Language Structures.  Each dot represents a language. White dots are languages that do not include gendered pronouns. No “he” or “she.” Just a gender neutral word that means person. The colored dots refer to languages with gendered pronouns, but there are more than one kind, as […]

new asa blog

The ASA has a new blog where you can discuss association related issues. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power 

How to Eradicate UKIP

There's a toxic purple blot on the electoral landscape. Even Madagascan lemurs knew Douglas Carswell would vault his by-election. Marrying a generally well-liked, rooted MP to an anti-politics insurgency was always going to be a rocket from the Clacton crypt. Show More Summary

Sociology, Sidewalks, and Walking

By Teresa Irene Gonzales If a city’s streets look interesting, the city looks interesting; if they look dull, the city looks dull. (Jane Jacobs). Have you ever noticed that your walking pace changes depending on where you’re walking, and where...

Identifying Race in Fuzhou, China

Flashback Friday. Laura A. sent in a video in which African American men ask people in Fuzhou, China, what race they believe people in some photos are: It’s a good example of the social construction of race. Notice how several people in the photos who would be considered Black in the U.S. don’t seem Black […]

sorry, but social science is actually a science

Every so often, you get the journalist, or academic, who loves trashing social science. The complaints are ritualistic – you can’t do experiments, people use jargon and math, and so forth. Well, Forbes has a nice article called “Enough Already with the Sweeping Claims that Economics is Unscientific.” It makes some obvious, but important points. […]

Ebola, Complacency and Crisis

Health emergency in West Africa? Who gives a shit. Until the last month or so, that pretty much summed up the attitude in Western newsrooms and policy-making circles. After all, when is there not some kind of health crisis blightingShow More Summary

Minimum Wage Hikes Work

As workers battle to raise the minimum wage it is nice to see more evidence that doing so helps both low wage workers and state economies. Thirteen states raised their respective minimum wages in 2014:  AZ, CA, CT, FL, MO, MT, NJ, NY, OH, OR, RI, VT, and WA.  Elise Gould, an economist at the […]

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