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Economics before human capital

As part of my last big dissertation push, I’ve spent the last month reading through introductory economics textbooks published 1890-1960. The variety and content of these textbooks has been very interesting, and in addition to many relevant passages for my own work on the history of economic statistics and macroeconomic thinking, I’ve also come across […]

Notes on the Greek Crisis

Crisis? Since 2009, when has Greece not been in crisis? What the people of Greece have suffered is nothing less than a permanent depression that has since its economy collapse by almost a quarter and hundreds of thousands of its young people have fled abroad in search of work. Show More Summary

Nearly Half of Black and Latina Scientists Mistaken for Janitors or Assistants

A new survey of 557 female scientists found widespread experiences of discrimination and alienation in the workforce that varied in interesting ways by race. While all types of women reported experiencing these forms of discrimination in large numbers — and 100% of a sub-sample of 60 interviewed for the study reported at least one — the race differences […]

Water and Inequality

By Karen Sternheimer All living beings need water; it is perhaps the most universal of all needs. Water is also one of the key markers of inequality, locally and globally. It may be easily taken for granted, but when there...

how to write a book 1: the mindset

Today and tomorrow, I will discuss book writing. Today’s post will be about the basic mindset behind book writing. Most academics are trained to write articles. In some fields, an article might be a few pages long, or a few dozen pages. Books are longer and more ambitious in scope. Their length and sustained argument […]

Stewart Lee on Conservatives and Labour

No chance for a proper blog tonight (tomorrow, I promise). Meanwhile, enjoy this very brief observation from Stewart Lee on politics in Britain.

Why Do People Hate the Word “Moist”?

Hey, they did a study. Psychologist Paul Thibodeau and three colleagues decided that it was time to take a closer look at the word “moist,” writing: The word “moist” … has been the subject of a Facebook page (called “I HATE the word MOIST”) with over 3,000 followers and was rated as the least liked word in the […]

Five Most Read Posts in June

The most popular posts last month were: 1. Short Notes on Jeremy Corbyn 2. Don't Blame the Council 3. What is Jeremy Corbyn Playing At? 4. The Gnashing of Blairite Teeth 5. How the Conservatives Can Win Again Another very busy time on the blog. Show More Summary

when anarchism is a decent option: the case of somalia

Africanists like to toss around the words “failed state.” But what they falsely assume is that there is only one option – building a stronger state. What would happen if the state just withered and people just let it go? Are people better off by just ditching the weak state? A 2006 article in the […]

Stoke-on-Trent: Another Fine Mess

This one's going to run and run. I am, of course, referring to the controversial (to put it mildly) relocation of Stoke-on-Trent City Council from Stoke to Hanley. If you're not from the Potteries, it's a city made up of six towns with their own centres and, according to some, unique senses of identity. Show More Summary

How same-sex marriage ruling skirts science of 'born this way'

The Supreme Court ruled in favour of same-sex marriage, but didn't declare sexual orientation a "suspect class", which would give it the same protection as race

Green Light, Red Light, 3-2-1

June 30, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston The good news about those countdown timers at pedestrian traffic lights is that they do what they’re supposed to do – save pedestrian lives and limbs. The research on this comes from two economists, Arvind Magesam and Sacha Kapoor (here). Show More Summary

This Month in SocImages (June 2015)

SocImages News: Phew. What a month. Thanks to The Conversation for asking me to expand a post I wrote about the sexism and xenophobia behind Dylann Roof’s murders. Their version was picked up by the Washington Post, where it was re-posted, attracting over 500 comments. June’s roller coaster of events inspired two new SocImages Collections on the fight for […]

who wants to know?

The great mystery of our present behaviorist-digital moment, with all of its attendent surveillance, constraints and cultural impoverishments, is the question of why we not only submit to it, but actively embrace it. Given that Western societies continue to conceive...

New blow to UK fracking is a delay but not the end of the road

Opencast coal mines were once routinely delayed by local councils amid unfounded health concerns. The same is happening with fracking, warns Paul Younger

book naming contest

For about five years now, I have been working on and off on a social theory book. The purpose is to explain to a wide audience what it is that sociologists do. A number of readers have read drafts of the book and provided valuable feedback. The book has a new editor who has very […]

West Midlands Labour Deputy Leader Hustings

We've had the leadership hustings, but what about the other contest running in parallel? Who will deputise for the leader and take the party by the scruff of its neck? It's going to be Ben Bradshaw. Or Angela Eagle. Or Stella Creasy....Show More Summary

summer reading: spotlight on conflict and decision-making by consensus at premium cola

As some of our dear orgtheory readers know, I am always on the look-out for interesting articles about how organizations use collectivist or participatory-democratic practices. One recent publication I would like to highlight involves a collectivist group fueled by a common love of cola, coffee, and beer.  Fans of a caffeinated soft drink, frustrated by […]

Prisons’ Dangerous Liaisons

  They say that some people look for love in all the wrong places. For Joyce “Tillie” Mitchell, one of those places may have been prison. When inmates David Sweat and Richard Matt escaped the Clinton Correctional Facility in Dannemora, NY, it was later revealed that Mitchell, supervisor of the prison tailor shop, had provided […]

Why Don’t Jury Pools Bond Anymore? Character vs. Structure

I was on jury duty this week, and the greatest challenge for me was the “David Brooks temptation” to use the experience to expound on the differences in generations and the great changes in culture and character that technology and history have brought. I did my first tour of duty in the 1970s. Back then you […]

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