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relational styles in micro-finance

A long standing issue in network analysis is the analysis of when people initiate and maintain relationships. Rodrigo Canales and Jason Greenberg have a forthcoming Management Science paper that uses data from interaction between micro-finance loan officers and clients to establish that interactional style is one of the big drivers of relationships. From the abstract: […]

Happy Birthday, Jacques Derrida!

Jacques Derrida (1930–2004) was born in French Algeria and became one of the most well known 20th century philosophers. His approach was distinct from the various philosophical movements popular among other French intellectuals of the time. Show More Summary

why do women who do more housework sometimes think it’s fair? an answer from mito akiyoshi

Former guest blogger Mito Akiyoshi has a new article in PLoS One about perceptions of fairness in the family. From the abstract: Married women often undertake a larger share of housework in many countries and yet they do not always perceive the inequitable division of household labor to be “unfair.” Several theories have been proposed […]

Encountering Pluto

It's been a long wait for the New Horizons flyby of Pluto and its system, but what's nine years between friends? At the risk of sounding all Star Trek about it, every successful space mission sending robots to skim, orbit, or land on astronomical bodies are stupendous technical achievements that mark our growing capabilities. Show More Summary

The Ferguson Effect and Cop-Killing – Update

July 14, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston On May 29, Heather MacDonald wrote in the Wall Street Journal (here): A handful of highly publicized deaths of unarmed black men, often following a resisted arrest...have led to riots, violent protests and attacks on the police. Show More Summary

Tumblr Threatened My Life: The Problem with Non-Diverse Workforces

SocImages has a Tumblr where all of the posts that pop up here (and more) get re-posted and go all over the internet. And a few days ago it gave me this post. While I was working on the page, I saw a really interesting example of the kind of thoughtlessness that happens when designers […]

Where are the Left Wing Eurosceptics?

The deal imposed by the Eurozone grouping on Greece is nothing short of shameful. It continues to pile up the debt, reducing Greece to the status of a debt colony of the rich, Northern European countries. It, like all austerity programmes,...Show More Summary

book naming contest: round 2

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Tweeting Down the Confederate Flag

  After flying over the South Carolina state capitol for 54 years, the Confederate flag was lowered on the morning of Friday, July 10. Before it was removed from the statehouse, the flag and products bearing its image were also eliminated from the store shelves and online marketplaces of major retailers, including WalMart, Amazon, Sears, […]

Microaggresions and Cultures of Social Control

July 13, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston Why these calls for trigger warnings? Why all this magnifyng of microaggressions? Most of the time, it’s more useful to save the “why” for last and to start with the other “reporter’s” questions – who, when, where. Show More Summary

reddit on fire

The recent news in Silicon Valley is that Reddit CEO Ellen Pao was fired. The infraction was that Pao fired a manager who was very popular among Reddit moderators, who do most of the work running and editing the website. Chuq Von Rospach, a programmer, has a very skeptical take on Reddit. Von Rospach thinks […]

Harriet Harman's Tax Credit Debacle

The Labour Party is a mass organisation. Under its banner you find all kinds of people harbouring all kinds of views. It could hardly be otherwise, given the roots it has in the labour movement representing the sectional interests of otherwise quite disparate occupational groupings. Show More Summary

To Have It All?

By Carolita Johnson. Read more at Oscarlita. 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.

pirulo y la tribu!!!

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Super R-Type for the Super Nintendo

R-Type. There was a point in time when that name was synonymous with horizontal-scrolling shooters. When it hit the arcades in 1987, the splash it made was huge. It wasn't the first of its kind, and by that time the acquisition of power-ups were pretty standard too. Show More Summary

Americans Own 42% of all the Guns on the Planet

According to Vox, the U.S. has 4.43% of the world’s population and almost 42% of the world’s population of civilian-owned guns. This is your image of the week: It’s hard to say exactly, but there may be as many guns as there are people in the U.S., or even more guns than people. Since not […]

Review - Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes

A comic novel with Adolf Hitler as the main character? Really? Quite apart from the humourless fanaticism that characterised Hitler and the regime he founded, isn't it still a bit early to turn the most notorious name in modern history into a sympathetic figure of fun? Yes, it is. Show More Summary

Ski Jumping’s Weight “Problem”

Flashback Friday. The common sense assumption about success in sport often involves the belief that success is a result of innate talent and intensive practice. The more of both you have, the better you are. However, who is good at a particular sport is also the result of how that sport is organized. Sports have […]

Social (Re)Construction of Place in Columbia, South Carolina

By Colby King Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bridgewater State University The ongoing debate about the confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House reminds us of the power of the symbols we put in our places, and...

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