I'm one of the organisers of a new ESRC-sponsored seminar series, Spaces of Evidence, being led by Linsey McGoey at Essex. This will examine different varieties of evidence, in domains such as healthcare, economic policy and development policy, including RCTs...
A guest post by Jerry Davis. He is the Wilbur K. Pierpont Collegiate Professor of Management at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan. By this point everyone in the academy is familiar with the arguments of Nicholas Kristof and his many, many critics regarding the value of academics writing for the […]
Marriage in the U.S. today: the best is better, but the average is worse, according to psychologist Eli J. Finkel in an opinion piece for The New York Times. (Without further clarification, this appears to be a discussion of heterosexual marriage.) Finkel reports that the happiest couples are happier both with their marriages and in […]
Haley Morris-Cafiero is an artist, a photographer, and a scorned body. Aware that her appearance attracts disgust and mockery from some, she decided to try to document people’s public disdain. The result is a series of photographs exposing the people who judge and laugh at her. She chose to publish several at Salon: Dmitriy T.C. […]
People often complain, justifiably, that “big data” is a catchy phrase, not a real concept. And yes, it certainly is hot, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t come up with a useful definition that can guide research. Here is my definition – big data is data that has the following properties: Size: The data […]
Today, I came across an interesting-looking NBER working paper on occupational licensing, Relaxing Occupational Licensing Requirements: Analyzing Wages and Prices for a Medical Service by Kleiner et al. The paper, which I have only skimmed, examines the consequences of relaxing restrictions on what kinds of services nurse practitioners can offer to patients (as compared to […]
We always knew the election was going to be messy. But already, some 15 months before the big day swings around, the Tories and their allies are desperately flinging anything and everything that comes to hand. Crosby and co. have long excavated and chucked the mud from their wallow. Show More Summary
By Karen Sternheimer I happen to know several children who are either in kindergarten or will be soon. Hearing about their experiences and those of their parents made me realize that kindergarten offers many sociology lessons, both inside the classroom...
Julie Burchill wrote this. Paris Lees rejoined with this. Burchill (paraphrased): "intersectionality is about scoring points off multiple oppressions". Lees (paraphrased): "intersectionality is about respecting difference". Who's right? Both of them are. Show More Summary
Will Hutton poses the not unreasonable question, why is it necessary for a CEO to earn 190 times the average wage? Of course it's not necessary, by any conceivable economic or psychological rationality. The logic of incentives doesn't cut it...
From the DRC, Konono Nº1. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: From Black Power/Grad Skool Rulz
Hard as it is to believe, this 2001 ditty wasn't written about me. But it might well apply to my coming piece on intersectionality and socialism. We shall see.
This year, there are many great pre-conferences. In addition to the New Computational Sociology conference on August 15, there is also: Digitizing Demography - hosted by Facebook and our guest blogger Michael Corey. The Hackathon at UC Berkeley – hosted by Wisconsite Alex Hanna. Get together and code all night long. Junior Theory Symposium – […]
Because I advocate open access, public access, and other new forms of scholarly publishing, some people think I am against traditional journals. That’s not quite right. I am always against ineffective, or incompetent, journal practices – like dragging papers through 3 or 4 rounds of revision. But my larger point is this: journal pluralism – […]
Can't find employment and dread the fortnightly grilling down the job centre? Can't afford the bedroom tax so have to rely on food banks to get you and yours through the week? At the end of your tether because you're waiting an age for...Show More Summary
A recent incident where police officers removed elderly “loiterers” from a McDonald’s in Queens has sparked a debate over the phenomenon of spaces such as McDonald’s and Starbucks being used as impromptu senior centers. In her article for the New York Times, Stacy Torres makes excellent use of sociological ideas when defending the use of […]
Warning: This post is about professional etiquette and/or venting about a pet peeve. Suppose you are submitting a paper to a conference, paper award, or the like – a judged competition which usually receives a relatively large number of submissions – by means of an email attachment. What should you name the attached document? There […]
I always love a good behind-the-scenes marketing story and last month NPR reported that Proctor & Gamble is facing falling men’s razor sales as beards have become more fashionable. Their response? To put more pressure on men to shave other parts of their bodies. Always a glutton for punishment, I set out to discover just […]
By Arlene Stein Professor of Sociology, Rutgers University, and co-editor of Contexts While there are certainly aspects of our lives which are unique to us as individuals, so much of what we experience— the ways we eat, we think, we...
The new open access journal, Sociological Science, is now here. The goal is fast publication and open access. Review is “up or out.” On Monday, they published their first batch of articles. Among them: The Structure of Online Activism by Lewis, Gay, and Meierhenrich. Time as a Network Good by Young and Lim. Political Ideology […]