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Local Council By-Elections March 2015

Party Number of Candidates Total Vote % +/- Feb Average/ contest +/- Feb +/- Seats Conservative 8 4,321 21.1% -4.5% 540 +155 +2 Labour 7 7,306 35.7% -0.2% 1,044 +505 -2 LibDem 5 288 1.4% -7.4% 57 -103 0 UKIP 3 1,148 5.6% -9.5% 382 +98...Show More Summary

What is Creole?

Flashback Friday. In his book, Authentic New Orleans, sociologist Kevin Fox Gotham explains that originally, and as late as the late 1800s, the term meant “indigenous to Louisiana.”  It was a geographic label and no more. But, during the early 1900s, the city of New Orleans racialized the term. White city elites, in search of […]

Top 100 Tweeting MPs 2014-15

Parliament is pretty much done. The Conservative/Liberal Democrat Coalition consciously uncouples, Members of Parliament relinquish their titles, special advisers and constituency bag carriers return to 'normal people' mode, and the parliamentary estate itself goes into snooze mode. Show More Summary

Clogged Traffic at the Gateway

March 26, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston All politicians lie, said I.F. Stone. But they don’t all lie as blatantly as Chris Christie did yesterday in repeating his vow not to legalize marijuana in New Jersey. Every bit of objective data we have tells us that it’s a gateway drug to other drugs. Show More Summary

gen con stands up for gay rights

In one the proudest moments in the history of nerdery, GenCon’s ownership has come out against Indiana’s SB 101 bill, which encourages private businesses to discriminate against gay customers: The organizers of Gen Con, the city’s largest convention in attendance and economic impact, are threatening to move the event elsewhere if Gov. Mike Pence signs […]

Southern States Lead Nation in Consumption of Gay Porn, But Why?

According to data released by Pornhub, 5.6% of porn users in Mississippi seek out gay porn, compared to 2.8% in North Dakota. On average, gay porn is more heavily consumed in states where same-sex marriage is legal than in states where it’s illegal, but every single state in the South has a gay porn use […]

the society of exit

If death used to be a 'great career move' for rockstars - if only that were still the case - it is hard to escape the sense that being axed is now a 'great career move' for the mega-celebrities, who...

Higher Ed as Cheerios

March 25, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston How embarrassing. The University of North Georgia used this stock photo for the cover of their course catalogue. Two White men in suit, white shirt, and tie crossing the finish line triumphantly well ahead of a White woman (dressed more casually). Show More Summary

open borders… in the new york times?

An op-ed in the New York Times makes the case for open borders. From Debunking the Myth of the Job Stealing Immigrant by Adam Davidson: … Few of us are calling for the thing that basic economic analysis shows would benefit nearly all of us: radically open borders. And yet the economic benefits of immigration […]

Why the Establishment Loves Jeremy Clarkson

Petrolheads everywhere, sob into your empty oil cans. For Top Gear is, as was, no more. The verdict couldn't have been anything else. Whatever you might think about Jeremy Clarkson, which in my case is not a lot, it was impossible even...Show More Summary

Sigma Alpha Epsilon: A Symptom of a Larger, Older Problem

  A revoked charter. Public condemnation by a University president. A pair of expulsions. The reactions to the now-infamous video of members of fraternity Sigma Alpha Epsilon singing “There will never be a ngger in SAE” have been swift and damning. Despite the public shock, though, this isn’t an isolated—or new—phenomenon. Such issues are reflective […]

Magical Thinking vs. Sociological Reasoning

By Karen Sternheimer A student of a colleague had failed a course after rarely attending and not completing several assignments. The ones he did complete were poorly done; he did not see the instructor in office hours despite repeated invitations...

Are Economics Majors Anti-Social?

Yep. Economics majors are more anti-social than non-econ majors. And taking econ classes also makes people more anti-social than they were before. It turns out, there’s quite a bit of research on this, nicely summarized here.  Econ majors are less likely to share, less generous to the needy, and more likely to cheat, lie, and steal. In one […]

Dave and Ed's Last Prime Minister's Questions

It's been a long, tedious road; but here we are. In regular slots since the 13th October, 2010 Dave and Ed have faced off in gladiatorial combat over the dispatch box. How did it go? It was pretty poor, from Labour's perspective. Especially when, for those who score such things, Ed Miliband had come out on top. Show More Summary

orgtheory puzzle: why does sears still exist?

Puzzle for you all your org behavior/theory of the firm types: Why does Sears still exist? Normally, when we think about why successful firms exist, we think that they have a unique product, fill a niche, or have some sort of incumbent advantage. Or just overly aggressive management. But in a world of Amazon, Target, […]

Louis Theroux: By Reason of Insanity

How do you deal with people who have committed horrific and violent acts and yet at the same time have not been held criminally responsible for them? This is the premise for the latest two-parter from Louis Theroux, who in recent years has graduated from his tabloid telly documentaries to more mature - and darker - subject matter. Show More Summary

new article: from cigarettes to smartphones

I have a new piece in openDemocracy, exploring cultural and economic transitions, via the shift from a society of cigarettes to one of smartphones. Here's a chunk:...on a deeper psychological and cultural level, the difference between these two framing...

Power and the Gaze: What Does Resistance Look Like?

In 1975, Mulvey conceptualized the gaze as the power derived by the viewer when they cast their glance upon a hierarchized, usually female, body. This idea perfectly captures the way a subject on film is both frozen in a time and space, and consumed. I want to turn that around, in a more kyriarchal and […]

Retiring with Your Parents

  With the baby boomer generation hitting retirement ages, there it’s important to consider how retirement affects this enormous cohort and their families. One unique aspect of today’s retirement is the occasional retirement overlap: both parents and children are retired at the same time. In an interview with The New York Times, Phyllis Moen of […]

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