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stefan simchowitz: my kind of scum

Stefan Simchowitz has attracted a lot of negative attention in the art world. The New York Times labeled him the “The Art World’s Patron Satan.” For example: Critics charge that Simchowitz often preys on vulnerable young artists without gallery representation — some say without talent — and buys up huge quantities of their work, then […]

My Handshakes Bring All the Boys to the Yard

April 6, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston Handshakes are important. They can make a difference.After Kentucky lost to Wisconsin in the semis Saturday night, several of the Wildcats started off the court, skipping the handshake line.The Kentucky coaches managed to round up some of them, but three of the Kentucky stars shook no hands. Show More Summary

The Far Left and the 2015 UK General Election

I just know you've been waiting for this: the combined list of far left candidates for the 2015 general election - so far. For once you can believe the hype. This could well be their biggest election challenge ever with 215 candidates...Show More Summary

Eye of the Beholder: Life through the camera obscura

Both 17th-century artist Vermeer and scientist van Leeuwenhoek made pioneering use of optics. A joint biography shows how they changed our world view

Toking While Black?

  “Spark it up!” Sure, next itme you’re in Colorado, you might want to stock up on Cheetos and take advantage of the state’s legalized marijuana. That is, if your skin’s the right color. According to a new report by the Drug Policy Alliance, a pro-legalization collective, it’s already apparent that there are still racial […]

78% of College Presidents Say Sexual Assault Is Rare On Their Campus

The White House has made preventing sexual assaults on college campuses a priority, The Hunting Ground documents extensive institutional denial and malfeasance, the Department of Justice finds that one in five college women are assaulted, research shows that 1 in 25 college men is a serial rapist, and students at almost 100 campuses have filed federal complaints against […]

driverless cars and the end of death

In my course in introductory sociology, I have a module on health. One lecture describes the leading causes death, across age groups and across time periods. In modern times, one of the leading causes of death is “unintentional injury.” What does that mean? Roughly speaking, the three major categories of unintentional injury death are, in […]

Notes on Nicola Sturgeon

Alex who? I always thought the Tories 'Vote Labour, Get Salmond' schtick was as weak as it was pitiful. It's all very well photo shopping an Ed Milli-band in the former first minister's oversized coat pocket, but when far fewer people south of the border know him and he's no longer calling the shots. Show More Summary

Just for Fun: No Women On This Panel

From the New Yorker: Sent in by Larry Harnisch of The Daily Mirror. Gwen Sharp is an associate professor of sociology at Nevada State College. You can follow her on Twitter at @gwensharpnv.

New Blogs March/April 2015

It's Easter. It's also the first Sunday of the month:1. Gender Detective (Unaligned/Feminist) (Twitter)2. Lewes Phoenix Rising (Unaligned/housing) (Twitter)3. Stupid Creative (Unaligned) (Twitter)4. Sutton and Croydon TUSC (TUSC) (Twitter)5. Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: Male Nurses Outearn Female Ones Every Which Way

According to the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, fully employed women earn $0.81 for every dollar men make. Some of this discrepancy is due to women working in male dominated occupations, but when men work alongside women in female-dominated occupations, they still earn more. Nursing is this week’s example. According to a new study in the Journal […]

Saturday Interview: Dr Darren Price

Dr Darren Price is an architect-planner by profession and is married with two young children. He was born and raised in Leicestershire and arrived in the Staffordshire Moorlands town of Leek in 2007 after studying, living and working in Manchester, Sheffield and London. Show More Summary

Cops – Killing and Being Killed

April 3, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston This story from Kos has been quickly circling through the left portion of the Internet. Let’s assume that the numbers are accurate. Don't bother adjusting for population differences, or poverty, or mental illness, or anything else. Show More Summary

For Gay Black Men, Negative Stereotypes May Have One Positive Consequence

  Sociologists are quite familiar with the combination of marginalized identities that can lead to oppression, inequalities, and “double disadvantages.” But can negative stereotypes actually have positive consequences? Financial Juneteenth...Show More Summary

Race, Criminal Background, and Employment

Flashback Friday. Having a criminal record negatively affects the likelihood of being considered for a job. Devah Pager conducted a matched-pair experiment in which she had male testers apply for the same entry-level jobs advertised in Milwaukee newspapers. She gave the assistants fake credentials that make them equivalent in terms of education, job experience, and so […]

How your biology could overrule you when voting

Your ideology might be swamped by your biology when you cast your vote, and this is why parties like UKIP are riding high, say John Hibbing and Kevin Smith

theory bleg: swidler 1.0 vs. 2.0

Help me deal with Reviewer 2, a most helpful person: Best source to read where Swidler discusses her recent views vs. Swidler circa 86? 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!

The Happiness Industry - out in May

For those blissfully absent from the twitter-sphere, I have a new book out in May (and since you're such twitter refuseniks, you're probably still neurologically capable of reading such things). It's called The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big...

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50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!

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