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activism forum at mobilizing ideas

Mobilizing Ideas has a great forum on what activism means today. Some posts: Meghan Kallman, Brown University (essay) Rebecca Tarlau, Stanford University (essay) Alex Barnard, University of California-Berkeley (essay) Jaime Kucinskas, Hamilton...Show More Summary

Cougars: Literal Mountain Lions, Not Sexual Predators

Television and movie relationships between a middle-aged woman and younger man, like those on TBS’s Cougar Town often appear glamorous and dramatic, but are they accurate depictions? Milaine Alarie and Jason Carmichael tell Pacific Standard that the stereotype of wealthy “cougars” who “have been able to surgically turn back time with their looks… or literally […]

The NYC subway to a person in a wheelchair

The Americans with Disabilities Act turned 25 years old last month. It was enacted by U.S. Congress with the goal of ensuring that people with disabilities had access to “reasonable accommodations” so that they could participate wholly in public life. Did it work? Consider the New York City subway. SupraStructure featured these two maps. The one on […]

The Ethics of Ethnography

By Peter Kaufman When I was an undergrad, I was a political science major. I did not discover sociology until my junior year when I took a course titled Institutions and Inequalities. It was after taking this course that I...

Trickling Down in the UK

August 12, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston An essential tenet of the creed of free-market economics is that the success of capitalists benefits everyone. The wealth created eventually flows through the entire society. Some nonbelievers scoff at this notion. Show More Summary

Are Behavioral Issues Black and White?

  Acting out in class? Your race could be an influential factor in whether you’re referred to the school psychologist of the local police force, says a new study featured in Sociology of Education. According to study author David Ramey, disadvantaged school districts—those with low graduation rates, high unemployment, and low incomes—are more likely to […]

comments on recent developments in the salaita case

In 2014, Steven Salaita was offered a job at the University of Illionois at Urbana-Champaign. The offer was rescinded after he wrote some strongly worded totally outrageous tweets about the Palestine-Israel conflict. Salaita litigated, claiming that the he was an actual employee of UIUC and could not be fired based on the political opinions expressed […]

Support the Dying To Work Campaign

At North Staffs Trades Council this evening, we heard about one of the latest TUC initiatives - the Dying to Work campaign. It turns out - and I didn't know this - that workers diagnosed with a terminal illness are not protected under workplace legislation. Show More Summary

The geography of sh!t and d@mn

“Asshole is a wonderful word,” said Mike Pesca in his podcast, The Gist. His former colleagues at NPR had wanted to call someone an asshole, and even though it was for a podcast, not broadcast, and even though the person in question was a certified asshole, the NPR censor said no. Pesca disagreed. Pesca is […]

the uber-ization of activism

In the NY Times, UCLA sociologist and orgtheorist emeritus Ed Walker had an insightful column about the nature of modern activism. What does it mean when an interest group can just “rent” a bunch of people for a protest? From the column: Many tech firms now recognize the organizing power of their user networks, and […]

Some Questions for Jeremy Corbyn

Unless the accuracy of the polls are seriously awry, in just over a month's time we could be welcoming Jeremy Corbyn to the office of the Leader of the Labour Party. Who a couple of months ago thought that possible? Yet despite whatShow More Summary

Who really runs the Airbnbs?

When you travel, the option to stay in a private home instead of a hotel might seem like a nice idea. Your experience of the city might be a little more authentic, maybe you’ll meet a local, and you can keep your money out of the hands of giant corporations. It’s a tiny way to […]

The Donald and The Women

August 10, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston There’s so much to say about Donald Trump and about the reaction to Donald Trump. So it seems trivial to focus on one little word – “the.” But I found Clyde Haberman’s tweet fascinating. The word...Show More Summary

sociologists need to be better at replication – a guest post by cristobal young

Cristobal Young is an assistant professor at Stanford’s Department of Sociology. He works on quantitative methods, stratification, and economic sociology. In this post co-authored with Aaron Horvath, he reports on the attempt to replicate 53 sociological studies. Spoiler: we need to do better. Do Sociologists Release Their Data and Code? Disappointing Results from a Field […]

introducing Victor Tan Chen to our summer roster of guest bloggers!

This has been a great summer, with new guest blogger Victor T. Chen coming on board, and both Caroline W. Lee and Ellen Berrey promising at least one more guest post for orgtheory readers. You can read Caroline’s self-introduction, and her past posts about her and others’ research on deliberative democracy here, here, and here, […]

More than 9 to 5

Approximately 5% of Americans currently work multiple jobs, likely just to make ends meet. However, recent data from the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics finds that this percentage is nearly twice as high in Midwest states, with anywhere from 8.7% of South Dakotans to 6.9% of Idahoans working multiple jobs. Economists have proposed a number […]

A short history of trophy hunting in America

Prior to the 1850s, writes cultural studies scholar Matthew Brower, men in America didn’t hunt. More specifically, they didn’t hunt for leisure. There was a hunting industry that employed professionals who hunted as a full time occupation, and there was a large market for wild animal products, but hunting for fun wasn’t a common pastime. […]

global borderlands – a guest post by victoria reyes

Victoria Reyes is an assistant professor at Bryn Mawr in the Growth and Structure of Cities Department. Her research is about specific urban sites in the global system. This post addresses her recent article in Theory and Society. Thanks to Fabio for allowing me to post about my work. I study global inequality through a […]

Choosing Your Classes: The Importance of Social Structure and Culture

By Karen Sternheimer Registering for classes can be both exciting and stressful. I remember being excited by the possibility of new classes and would be among the first to pick up the schedule of classes in the days when it...

thinking of applying to a SLAC? start here

As the job market begins in earnest, I thought I would post a few things to consider for those seeking a tenure-track job at a small liberal arts college, somewhat mythic places that can seem like romantic idylls or claustrophobic hellholes depending on the novel or film. First, for newer readers of orgtheory, the comments […]

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