This list is going to kill me. I've got a wee bit of catching up to do now I'm properly back in the sociological game, so I've made a list of works I need to thoroughly acquaint myself with. It's a monster with some proper beasties on it. Show More Summary
One of the more serious anti-immigration arguments is that immigration is correlated with welfare state expansion. The argument hinges on a normative evaluation of social services, but, at the least, it is a coherent argument. The issue then is empirical evidence – does immigration actually precede welfare state expansion? An op-ed in the Investor’s Business Daily […]
The first sociological theory thrown at me during A-Levels was jolly old Functionalism: the perspective that established social institutions and social behaviours exist because they're functional from the point of view of the social whole. Show More Summary
You don’t have to carry your pet around with you in a purse for the special animal in your life to be like another member of the family. For those of us with pets, it is easy to forget that your furry friend is actually animal, rather than human. Given our deep attachments to our […]
Alan Sica sent out the following request to a few ASA listservs. With his permission, I’m reposting it here. As you’ll see below, I think the note raises a number of interesting questions/issues that I’d never before considered. Historians of sociology, social theorists, and other scholars, Please take five minutes to read what follows, as […]
An article I posted up here a while ago, 'The Tyranny of Intermediaries', has now been picked up like a vagrant, given a scrub, and generously published by Juncture, the ippr's journal. You can read it online here. WashThe Free...
By Peter Kaufman Clear your desk of your books and water bottles. Sit in a comfortable, but upright position. Bring your attention to your breathing. Notice your stomach expanding on your in-breath and contracting on your out-breath. At the sound...
Michael Dunn shot ten bullets into a car filled with four teenagers after a dispute over the volume of their music. He claimed self-defense, though the gun he said he saw was never corroborated by anyone or found. This weekend he was found guilty of attempting to kill the three teenagers who survived, but not of […]
February 16, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Valentine’s Day was Friday – so last week. Because I used to love her, but it’s all over now, baby blue. But what becomes of the broken-hearted? When they’re down and troubled and need a helping...Show More Summary
By Antonio Carlos Jobim & Newton Mendonca This is just a little samba Built upon a single note Other notes are sure to follow But the root is still that note Now this new note is the consequence of the one we’ve just been through As i’m bound to be the unavoidable consequence of you […]
Ideas are very hard to kill, especially if they're adhered to by a swathe of the population. Among other things, that's what political parties are (officially) about. There are certain principles or collections of ideas espoused by different organisations. Show More Summary
February 16, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Horace Miner’s “Body Ritual Among the Nacirema” was published in 1956 (here) and is still widely reprinted. It’s a classic, a golden oldie – the “Stairway to Heaven” of intro anthologies. It does a wonderful job of making the familiar seem strange – a useful exercise in social science. Show More Summary
Thank you genius comic, Gemma Correll! Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
In the wake of Philip Seymour Hoffman’s sad death, many are calling for various “harm reduction” approaches to substance use. Proponents of harm reduction have identified lots of ways to reduce the social and personal costs of drugs, but they often require us to shift our focus from the prevention of drug use itself to the prevention of harm. Resistance to […]
From the Harvard Art Museum’s website. This print is titled “Abu Simbel.” 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: From Black Power/Grad Skool Rulz
Following the blog rabbit hole today, I came across an interesting statistics and data analysis blog I hadn’t seen before: Simply Statistics. The blog authors are biostatisticians at Johns Hopkins, and at least one is creating a 9-month MOOC sequence on data analysis that looks quite interesting. So, far my favorite post (and the one […]
These four commercials for FTD Florists appear to be for (white) couples who hate each other, and for good reason. I would argue that they traffic in unappealing gender stereotypes, but it’s much worse than that. They suggest that people, in general, are just stupid and unlikeable. I truly don’t know what marketers are thinking when […]
Consumption: Do You Know that Valentine’s Day is Coming? Do you? DO YOU!? The Sweet Smell of Environmental Degradation Measuring Love with $$$ Love for Sale with Dogboy and Mr. Dan Heteronormativity Have a Very Straight Valentine’s Day...Show More Summary
When it comes to love, it’s what’s inside that counts…assuming you measure up. Business Standard reports on the findings of Rice University sociology professor Michael Emerson, who found that women really do prefer tall men. Emerson’s study data showed that women preferred tall men for two reasons: feminity and protection. One woman from the study […]
The phenomena reported in the original More Tweets/More Votes paper keeps getting replicated. Social Science Quarterly has a new paper that replicates the MTMV model by regressing Senate election vote shares on Google search traffic. The paper is called “Google Insights and U.S. Senate Elections: Does Search Traffic Provide a Valid Measure of Public Attention […]