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road trip – fall 2014 meet ups!!

Orgheads, I will be travelling a bit in late October and early November. If you want to hang and talk sociology, organizations, or whatever, just drop by! We’ll make some time: October 17: Mississippi State University – “More Tweets, More Votes.” New results + a bonus Grad Skool Rulz bonus round. October 24: The University […]

Decomposing Tories

It's tempting. You see the insurmountable difficulties besetting the Tories, and their feeble firefighting efforts, and all you want to do is point and laugh. Heaven knows how much fun I've had doing it these last couple of years. Unfortunately, there is something spoiling the sport. Show More Summary

Just for Fun: “Are You the Opposite Sex, or Am I?”

Snapshots, by Jason Love. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

mo’ mando, mo’ mando, bach

“Wait, that’s not a violin. What the…I don’t even…how is that possible?” Bach’s Violin Sonata No. 1 in G minor, performed by Thile on mandolin, via guest DJ M&M. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Chart of the Week: White High School Dropouts Do Better than College Grads of Color

Here’s a doozy in the theme of the racial wealth gap: households headed by white people who dropped out of high school have greater assets than those headed by blacks and Latinos with college degrees. At Demos, where Matt Bruenig posted this graph, he writes: The median white family with an education level below high school […]

Saturday Interview: Eddie Truman

Eddie Truman is a long-stnading activist from Edinburgh who cut his political teeth in all the major political battles of the 1980s and early 90s. Latterly he was very active in the Yes movement. You can follow Eddie on Twitter here....Show More Summary

nussbaum on GDP alternatives

Philosopher Martha Nussbaum discusses alternatives to the GDP. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz/From Black Power

Failed Prophecy and Sunk Costs

October 3, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Four years ago, twenty-three economists (mostly conservative) signed a letter to Ben Bernanke warning that the Fed’s quantitative easing policy – adding billions of dollars to the economy – would be disastrous. Show More Summary

What Does “Organic” Look Like?

Flashback Friday. When I was in grad school studying sociology of agriculture, one thing we talked about was organic agriculture and the difference between “organic” and “sustainable.” Most consumers think of these words interchangeably.  So, when many people think of an organic dairy farm they imagine something along the lines of these images, the top results for […]

race agnosticism: commentary on ann morning’s research

Earlier this week, Ann Morning of NYU sociology gave a talk at the Center for Research on Race and Ethnicity in Society. Her talk summarized her work on the meaning of race in varying scientific and educational contexts. In other words, rather than study what people think about other races (attitudes), she studies what people […]

Why Asian American Parents Don’t Spank Their Kids

Football fans like me have undoubtedly heard about the indictment of Adrian Peterson on child abuse charges for striking his 4-year-old son with a thin tree branch. Pictures revealing multiple lacerations on the child’s thigh have surfaced, and exchanges regarding another of his children show Peterson has used physical discipline more than once. The case […]

laser cats and mary parker follett

When I teach my sociology of organizations courses, I always include an underrecognized org theorist, Mary Parker Follett, who advocated for “power-with” instead of “power over.”  Follett argued that voting and other more conventional...Show More Summary

Social Interaction and Drought Shaming

By Karen Sternheimer There is currently a severe drought in California, and this summer new rules went into effect to conserve water. For instance, a water feature (like a fountain) must re-circulate the same water. You cannot hose down the...

marijuana legalization as social movement

Vox ran an article asking how marijuana legalization came to have so much support. In speaking to German Lopez, I offered a tipping point theory and some thoughts about the low cost of information: Rojas of Indiana University suggested the advancements of the movement could be a self-perpetuating cycle: As more states legalized medical marijuana, […]

The Tory Party's 15% Strategy

Thankfully conference speeches don't win general elections. There is no denying that Dave's final performance at the Tory party's annual gathering was masterful. It oozed the prime ministerial, that much exalted but seldom-attained quality. Show More Summary

From the Archives: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Social Psychology Pink Makes Women Take Breast Cancer Less Seriously Inequality and Breast Cancer Care Race and the Initiation of Breast Cancer Treatment Who Cleans the House of a Cancer Patient? Excluding Men from Breast Cancer Awareness...Show More Summary

Social Capital and Social Values

October 1, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston In the previous post, I offered data showing that among professional footballers, wide receivers and cornerbacks, compared with other positions, were more likely to have been arrested. By coincidence,...Show More Summary

t-t assistant professor opening at CCNY

My dept. is hiring for a t-t assistant prof line – please download this: (Job_Announcement_2014 final) or see below.  Best wishes to everyone on the job market. The City University of New York career opportunity City College Title Assistant...Show More Summary

Five Most Popular Posts for September

Most read this month were: 1. British Trotskyism and Scottish Independence 2. An Open Letter to Yes-Voting Socialists 3. The UK's Would-Be Assassins 4. Seven Leftwing Reasons for Staying With Us 5. The Spectrum of Misogyny For the umpteenth...Show More Summary

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