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Saturday Interview: Trudie McGuinness

Trudie McGuinness is Staffordshire born and bred. She is also Labour's prospective parliamentary candidate for Staffordshire Moorlands, where she faces the largely-absent and hands-off Tory MP, Karen Bradley. You can follow Trudie on Twitter here. Show More Summary

Five Most Popular Posts for October

Most read this month were: 1. How to Eradicate UKIP 2. Russell Brand, Narcissist and Comrade? 3. Recomposing Labour 4. Goffman and the Sociology of Video Games 5. The Great High Speed White Elephant What is this? A post about the SWP doesn't make the list? Nope, it just missed out vs HS2. Show More Summary

john danaher explains why he blogs

I often wonder: why should someone blog? Philosopher John Danaher explains that it helps him: 2. It helps to generate writing flow states: I appreciate that the term “flow” state is something of a buzzword. Still, it has a basis in psychological science and it is something that blogging can help generate. The psychological barriers […]

Local Council By-Elections October 2014

Party Number of candidates Total vote % +/- Sept Average/ contest +/- Sept +/- Seats Conservative 33 14,849 27.0% +0.9% 450 +119 0 Labour 29 12,770 23.2% -4.9% 440 +58 +1 LibDem 20 6,896 12.5% -9.4% 344 -34 +2 UKIP 28 10,439 19.0% +5.3%...Show More Summary

where human capital arguments make headway

Higher education has become dependent on human capital arguments to justify its existence. The new gainful employment rule for for-profit colleges, announced yesterday by the Obama administration, reminded me of this. It clarifies what...Show More Summary

Soc’t Joel Best Wishes You a Safe n’ Tasty Halloween

Joel Best, the sociologist famous for debunking the myth that your children might receive Halloween candy impregnated with poison and razor blades, wishes you a “Happy Halloween” and nothing but the Best candy: Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. Show More Summary

medieval combat

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

Sociology and Management Speak

Step change. Across the piece. A suite of options. Front-loaded. Back-filled. Game-changer. A few phrases from the managerialist's lexicon. Funny old language. Funny old culture. Quite rightly, these freakish deviations from the anglophone norm action antipathy and mockery in equal measure. Show More Summary

“work in progress” forum on organizational sociology

Work in Progress, the blog of ASA’s organizations, occupations, and work section, just launched a new series on the future of organizational sociology. It launched today with a introduction from Liz Gorman and a first post by Howard Aldrich. Liz has an impressive slate of sociologists lined up — in the days to come, you can expect to hear from: Martin […]

A Brief History of Halloween

Yesterday I wrote about how the money spent on adult Halloween revelry now rivals, or even exceeds, that spent on kids. This may seem like a surprising shift, but it turns out it’s the focus on children that’s new. Halloween as the kid holiday we know it in the U.S. today was really invented in the […]

Weddings: Front Stage Performances

By Karen Sternheimer Weddings are big productions. They often take months of planning that includes selecting decorations, invitations, food, music, dresses, tuxedoes, color schemes, seating charts, the wedding party and more. Weddings are a heightened example of what sociologist Erving...

Whose Bad Guess is More Bad? Difficult Comparisons

October 29, 2014 Jay Livingston How to compare percentages that are very different? A recent Guardian/Ipsos poll asked people in fourteen wealthy nations to estimate certain demographics. What percent of the population of your country...Show More Summary

The Monstrosity of Management Speak

I'm writing a wee piece about the sociology of management speak, which should arrive tomorrow. To help me out, I asked Facebook folk if they could give me some examples. A few came in but chief among them all was this, this... abomination. Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: The Business of Halloween

Measured by spending, Halloween is the second largest holiday in the U.S. after Christmas. The National Retail Federation estimates that Americans will spend $7.4 billion dollars celebrating Halloween this year. In total, 74% of households will buy something for Halloween and, among those, the average will spend $125. There’ll be a bumper crop of pumpkins, more […]

dear steven fazzari

Hi, Steve, Fabio here. I recently read about how you are now the chair of the new sociology department at Washington University, St. Louis. It seems that you are getting advice from some excellent sociologists. Still, I wanted to offer a suggestion about how to build your program that I think has some merit  but […]

letters of recommendation: still garbage

Long time readers know that I am a skeptic when it comes to letters of recommendation. The last time I wrote about the topic, I relied on a well cited 1993 article by Aamodt, Bryan amd Whitcomb in Public Personnel Management that reviews the literature and shows that LoR’s have very little validity. I.e., they […]

The SWP and Uniting the Left

I was looking at my watch the other day and I remember thinking "it's been a while since the Socialist Workers Party issued a 'unite the left' call." And whaddya know, they'd already done it. My lefty trainspotting isn't what it used to be. Show More Summary

Our Annual Halloween “Sexy What!?” Post

Here are my picks for the bizarrest sexy costumes this year. Enjoy! Sexy George Washington (via): Sexy Crime Scene:   Sexy Lobster: Sexy Yoda (via): Sexy Scrabble (via): Except — I know, I know — nothing’s sexier than Scrabble.   Sexy Mr. Peanut: I take it back; that costume is fantastic.   Sexy BDSM pig (via): Okay, I […]

dear steven mazzari

Hi, Steve, Fabio here. I recently read about how you are now the chair of the new sociology department at Washington University, St. Louis. It seems that you are getting advice from some excellent sociologists. Still, I wanted to offer a suggestion about how to build your program that I think has some merit  but […]

The Great High Speed White Elephant

High Speed Rail 2 is a massive white elephant, a £50bn boondoggle of a project as out of time as it is over priced. Yet, despite this I am a little sore that the bid Stoke-on-Trent put forward for a station got dismissed out of hand....Show More Summary

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