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Sexting and Gender

November 18, 2014. Posted by Jay Livingston I Much of Hanna Rosin’s recent Atlantic article “Why Kids Sext” plays on the generational divide. Parents get understandably upset about something that kids see as just another part of social life. Show More Summary

Tory Higher Education Funding Farce

I never set out to be the blogging equivalent of Mystic Meg, but annoyingly I've had several predictions turn out to be true. Here's one of them. Two years ago, almost to the day, I argued that the new funding regime brought in by the LibDem-supported Conservative government would leave Higher Education with a yawning funding gap. Show More Summary

Left Unity One Year On

This weekend saw Left Unity hold its first national conference. Well, not really. It was preceded by its foundation back in November last year, and a further national gathering in Manchester last March, but who's counting right? So 12...Show More Summary

Are UKIP "Profoundly Un-British"?

Former Prime Minister John Major certainly thinks so. I believe the answer is more nuanced than that. Speaking on Andrew Marr this morning, the grey man of politics said UKIP were un-British because they are "anti-everything", particularly "anti-foreigner" and "anti-immigrant". Show More Summary

Choir of Young Believers - Hollow Talk

It's a Saturday night in mid-November, and I'm at home lamenting the lack of Scandinavian crime dramas on my telly. To salve my longing for miserable, unsmiling characters, washed out hues and Volvos, the disco has taken a down tempo step this evening with the theme from The Bridge by Choir of Young Believers. Show More Summary

Saturday Interview: Kate Godfrey

Kate Godfrey is the Labour prospective parliamentary candidate for Stafford, where she faces the Conservative incumbent Jeremy Lefroy with a 5,500 vote majority. Kate has also been at the forefront of the battle to save Stafford Hospital and the campaign against plans to hive off £1.2bn worth of cancer care services to the private sector. Show More Summary

Battle Out Run for the Sega Master System

What would you do if you owned a Ferrari F40? Taking this most coveted of 1980s supercars and using it to smash bad guys off the road is one possibility few would have considered, but that's the premise of this 1989 release for the Sega Master System. Show More Summary

q&a with hahrie han: part 1

This week, we are having a Q&A with our recent guest blogger, Hahrie Han. She is a political scientist at Wellesley College and has a new book out on the topic of how organizations sustain the participation of their members called How Organizations Develop Activists. If you want, put any questions you may have in […]

reader poll 2014

It’s been a while. Let’s see who is reading this blog. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Hope and Bugs, Of Course

November 15, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Ever since I read Andrew Gelman’s list of words to avoid, I’ve been more conscious of the simple “of course.” I still use it, but more sparingly and cautiously. (Gelman’s list, here, includes...Show More Summary

Nigel Farage on Invading Imperial Germany

Compare and contrast. One party leader is caught on tape saying he'd like to do away with the NHS and replace it with an American-style health insurance scheme, and has recently said the allies should have invaded imperial Germany, even if it cost an extra 100,000 casualties. Show More Summary

Bounty Commercial Says: The Best Moms Let Mess Happen

Way back in 1996, sociologist Sharon Hays coined the phrase “the ideology of intensive motherhood.” She intended to draw attention to a new norm for mothering that involved, among other things, making children the center of one’s life and subordinating your own needs and wants to theirs. I can’t help but think of Hays and her beleaguered mothers […]

is the concept of white privilege outdated? a guest post by chris martin

Chris Martin is a graduate student in sociology at Emory University. This post summarizes some of his recent work. Is the Concept of White Privilege Outdated? Sociologists don’t just try to come up with nomothetic laws of social phenomena. We also document the current state of social affairs. This presents a challenge that other social […]

How Not to Criticise Space Exploration

What a stupendous achievement. The landing of a space probe on comet Churyumov-Gerasimenko 300 million miles from Earth is one for the history books, up there with the first space flight, Moon landing, and interplanetary mission. Sure,...Show More Summary

The Case of the Cursing Princess

Last week we saw a range of responses break out in reaction to this video: “F-Bombs for Feminism: Potty-Mouted Princesses Use Bad Word for Good Cause.” Some commenters fell immediately into the “cursing = bad” camp and are offended by the language, but for those not turned off, the other initial reaction seems to be glee.  There’s an “I […]

sociological science and qualitative sociology

So I should start this post by first saying that I’m thrilled that Sociological Science exists. It is terrific that a group of folks did the hard work — and I imagine it’s been a lot — of putting together a high quality, open access journal that sidesteps the protracted review process we all love to hate, […]

Peter Freund

November 11, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Last weekend we honored our colleague Peter Freund, who died in June. Peter and George Martin were the co-founders, in the 1970s, of our New York Walk – an unofficial, informal, and very loosely planned event for faculty, students, friends, anyone who wanted to join us. Show More Summary

asq blog – fully operational!!!!

ASQ has a wonderful blog and they are looking for people to help out: We invite anyone who is interested to check out the blog and join our facebook page–we’ve published several new interviews recently, and plan to add more soon. We also encourage any students who would like to participate in the project to contact us […]

The Rise of the Comedians

Comedy might not be new rock 'n' roll (again), but - if this is the right word - it seems more relevant now than it has been for many a year. Or, to be more precise, its professional practitioner: the comedian. We live in times where...Show More Summary

Voters are Reasonably Disappointed in the Democratic Party

Electing Republicans will certainly not improve things, but it is hard to blame people for feeling that the Democratic Party has abandoned them. President Obama had hoped that recent signs of economic strength would benefit Democrats in the recently completed election.  Job creation has picked up, the unemployment rate is falling, and growth is stronger. […]

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