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Jon Snow Interviews John McDonnell

A very interesting interview with the new shadow chancellor. John outlines his vision and explains his much-trailed remarks about the IRA. (H/T @eddietruman)

revising sociology’s public image

In the grand scheme of things, sociology is not in a bad position. Most colleges have sociology programs and our PhD grads find work. But I do not think that sociology lives up to its potential. We live in an economy where tech giants are building massive social networks, but our undergrad enrollments decline. We […]

The "Security" Mantra and Tory Hypocrisy

It's nice to see arguments made on this blog taking flesh in real life, even if they're coincidences as opposed to the well-connected and listened-to having a look and half-inching them. Less nice is when your opponents appear to run with those suggestions instead. Show More Summary

Junk Mail and the Sociological Imagination

By Sally Raskoff As you learn more and more about sociology and how to use your sociological imagination, keep an eye out for the many everyday items that cross your path. You can use those items to know more about...

Media spin on violence against police

News stories of officers being attacked and killed while in the line of duty have become regular features of the nightly news broadcast, but does this increase in coverage reflect an increase in reality? My analysis suggests no. A count of stories of police officers killed in the line of duty shows that media attention to these […]

Cometh the Hour, Cometh the Jez

The scene some 60 years hence. A doddery and excessively wrinkled version of me gets up in a CLP meeting to drone on, again, about the time Jeremy Corbyn and the Labour left won the 2015 leadership election. But just what will that 90-something...Show More Summary

Labour Leadership Election Results

1st round BURNHAM, Andy 80,462 19.0% COOPER, Yvette 71,928 17.0% CORBYN, Jeremy 251,417 59.5% KENDALL, Liz 18,857 4.5% Jeremy Corbyn wins outright TOTAL CAST 422,664 votes, 207 spoiled ballots

Labour Deputy Leadership Election Results

Results 1st stage BRADSHAW, Ben 39,080 9.6% CREASY, Stella 78,100 19.1% EAGLE, Angela 66,013 16.2% FLINT, Caroline 64,225 15.8% WATSON, Tom 160,852 39.4% Results 2nd stage CREASY, Stella 86,555 21.4% EAGLE, Angela 72,517 17.9% FLINT,...Show More Summary

Decision making and the options we’re offered

Flashback Friday. In the talk embedded below, psychologist and behavioral economist Dan Ariely asks the question: How many of our decisions are based on our own preferences and how many of them are based on how our options are constructed? His first example regards willingness to donate organs. The figure below shows that some countries in […]

Lessons of the Labour Leadership Campaigns

At last, the curtain has been drawn on the Labour leadership contest. Amid claims of infiltration and ballots not turning up, the most tumultuous leadership election in the party's history ends with the rank outsider the most likely winner, and a membership in equal parts enthused, stunned, and resigned to a most unexpected fate. Show More Summary

Colonel and West Point Military Academy historian on whether the Civil War was about slavery

In this 6 minute video, Col. Ty Seidule, head of the department of history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, takes on the claim that the Civil War was about something other than slavery. He begins: Was the American Civil War fought because of slavery. More than 150 years later, this remains a […]

Adding and Dropping Classes: Another Lesson in Social Structure and Social Institutions

By Karen Sternheimer Without a doubt, for me the most challenging part of being a college professor takes place during the first three weeks of the semester, part of what is known as the “Add/Drop Period” at my university. I...

Tae-gyo: Prenatal intensive mothering in South Korea

The ideology of intensive motherhood is a cultural approach toward parenting that suggests that competent childcare demands “copious amounts of time, energy, and material resources” and that providing such childcare should take priority over everything else a mother might like or need to do. Show More Summary

Will Stoke City Council Stand Up for Working People?

This Thursday, the Labour Group will be putting a motion about the 2015 Trade Union Bill to full council. Proposed by my friend Cllr Olwen Hamer, if adopted Stoke-on-Trent City Council will set its face against proposed changes to strike ballots and other attempts to undermine the capacity for workers to seek redress through collective action. Show More Summary

asr reviewer guidelines: comparative-historical edition

[The following is an invited guest post by Damon Mayrl, Assistant Professor of Comparative Sociology at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, and Nick Wilson, Assistant Professor of Sociology at Stony Brook University.] Last week, the editors of the American Sociological Review invited members of the Comparative-Historical Sociology Section to help develop a new set of review […]

What is “creepiness”?

What creeps us out? Psychologists Francis McAndrew and Sara Koehnke wanted to know. Their hypothesis was that being creeped out was a signal that something might be dangerous. Things we know are dangerous scare us — no creepiness there — but if we’re unsure if we’re under threat, that’s when things get creepy. Think of the vaguely threatening doll, not […]

A Note on Jeremy Corbyn and Panorama

You didn't have to read any of the materials around last night's Panorama to know that their half hour programme was going to be a hatchet job. And it didn't disappoint. The gruel served up on this occasion was the declaration made at the Second Cairo Conference Against Capitalist Globalisation and US Hegemony, held in December 2003. Show More Summary

Math and the Mating Game

In Vanity Fair, a piece by Nancy Jo Sales discusses “hook up culture” and its potential causes, including the infamous app Tinder. Sales’ accounts of dating in New portray a “dating apocalypse,” wherein some of her interviewees see men, in particular, moving away from “relationships” altogether. To them, Tinder has forever changed how people date […]

tucker max: a surpsingly good economic sociologist

Tucker Max is most well known as a “fratire” writer, but he’s also an law school graduate, investor, and successful business owner. He recently wrote a column for the Observer about his experience as angel investor and his analysis is highly sociological. The basic point is that the VC field is structured by networks. Yes, […]

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