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is economics partisan? is all of social science just wrong?

Last week, fivethirtyeight.com put up a piece titled, “Economists Aren’t As Nonpartisan As We Think.” Beyond the slightly odd title (do we think they’re nonpartisan? should we expect them to be?), it’s an interesting write-up of a new working paper by Zubin Jelveh, Bruce Kogut, and Suresh Naidu. It went up a week ago, but since it gives me a chance […]

shimer college and the puzzle of declining liberal arts colleges

The Guardian recently ran an article about Shimer College, a tiny great books college in Chicago, Illinois. Originally, the authors wanted to know why it had been ranked so low by the Department of Education. The answer is that there is a fair amount of non-completion, people leave with debt, and they don’t get great […]

Just for Fun: Data is Plural, Except When It Isn’t

By xkcd. 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.

i wish western civ was taught this way

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Chart of the Week: Gender Segregation of Toys Is On the Rise

Some nice news has come out lately that the occasional toy store is taking the words boy and girl off of their aisle signs — mostly in Sweden, I say half-jokingly — but Google ngrams suggests that we’re nowhere near backing off of separating children’s toys by sex. Sociologist Philip Cohen graphed the frequency of “toys for […]

Saturday Interview: Andrew Coates

Andrew Coates is from Ipswich and is perhaps the left's best-known Francophile. A veteran of the far left in France and Britain and noted for his Pabloist heresy, Coatesy's thoughts can be found over at the Tendance and on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Face-Sitting and Freedom

From the marches, rallies and strikes of the labour movement through Reclaim the Night and slutwalk set pieces, occupations outside St Paul's, sit-ins, teach-ins, kiss-ins, die-ins, hashtags seething with rebellion, round-robin emails, flash mobs and naked bike rides; the repertoire of modern protest is a multifaceted thing. Show More Summary

Against the Idea that Sex Selection is Culturally “Asian”

Flashback Friday. A New York Times article broke the story that a preference for boy children is leading to an unlikely preponderance of boy babies among Chinese-Americans and, to a lesser but still notable extent, Korean- and Indian-Americans. Explaining the trend, Roberts writes: In those families, if the first child was a girl, it was more […]

martin riesebrodt 1948-2014

Martin Riesebrodt died a few days ago in Berlin. He was an emeritus professor at the University of Chicago and a very prominent scholar of religion and Max Weber. I was lucky to have him as an instructor in the graduate social theory class. He was friendly with students and is remembered well. What I […]

Ideology, Politics, and the Deficit

In terms of actually existing economics, cutting Britain's public spending deficit is not the most pressing of problems. But as we know, this thing we call politics is consumed by a reality of its own devising. Since the tsunami of crisis...Show More Summary

To Wit, I Was a Total Dick

December 11, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Sometimes, somebody gets the apology thing right. (See this previous post on how not to apologize.Ben Edelman is the Harvard Business School professor whose e-mail exchanges about being overcharged $4 for Chinese food went viral. Show More Summary

Suicide and the Loss of Employment and Identity

Understanding how rates of suicide are related to social conditions is a foundational theme in sociology dating back to the work of Emile Durkheim. Investigating how people’s mental health is shaped by the broader economy, social networks, culture, and identity continues to be an area for social research. A recent article in The Dallas Morning News […]

Science News Fail: How NOT to Illustrate Your Story

Mainstream media outlets such as the Today Show, Marie Claire, and Huffington Post have been reporting on a new scientific study that claims “women talk more than men.” These media outlets report there’s new “biological evidence to support the idea that women are more talkative than men.” Not quite! The results from the actual scientific study published in The Journal […]

indie rock band economics

A recent alternative press article discusses the dismal economics of independent rock bands. As you can imagine, it’s bad: In an interesting display of transparency, indie musical duo Pomplamoose wrote a detailed article, describing what it took financially to go on a 28-day tour. To sum it up, the band made $135,983 in revenue and […]

Thick D - Insatiable

No time for a blog post this evening, so here's an overlooked house cut from 2002. To hear Insatiable is to love it.

State Persecution of Sexual Minorities in 1950s Florida

It is only 50 years ago that the state of Florida was hounding lesbians and gays from their jobs in schools and universities. Their persecution is distressing on many levels, the most far-reaching of which is the power that the state can hold when it is allowed to harass its citizens for no other reason […]

queer rights and game theory

In my social theory class, we had a week where we covered theories of sexual identity. A theme in writings from the 1980s or so is that the public adoption of a sexual identity is a political act. To say that one is gay or lesbian is to take a political position. Some people disagreed […]

Findings of the CIA Torture Report

Here are the 20 key findings of the Senate report into the CIA. Black armband day for the USA's democratic/human rights credentials. The abuse of detainees at Guantanamo Bay have been documented well enough. Papers have been littered with reports of the CIA's "advanced interrogation techniques" for years. Show More Summary

Gender Ideology vs. Realism: The Armpit Hair Edition

This is what gender ideology looks like: That’s The Walking Dead’s Rosita Espinosa and a total absence of armpit hair.  This is gender ideology at work. It’s the privileging of an idea of gender over real life or, in this case, realism. The Walking Dead’s producers go to great lengths to portray what a zombie apocalypse might be like. […]

an argument for ending foreign interventions and letting things unfold

Today, the US government will close its combat command in Afghanistan. One of the most difficult arguments to have about foreign policy is when to end an intervention, such as terminating our involvement in Iraq or Afghanistan. By the time that happens, many lives have been lost and much has been spent. It is often […]

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