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In Conversation with Kevin Maguire

It's not very often august media personalities descend upon us Stokies, but Thursday night was one such rare occasion. Stoke North and Kidsgrove Labour Party played host to Kevin Maguire of the Daily Mirror and Mark Ferguson of LabourList fame. Show More Summary

A Labour Majority, Not a Labour/SNP Coalition

It's been a very bad week for the PM. His reputation has taken a beating in the media all because he refuses to debate face-to-face with Ed Miliband. The problem is, if you're trying to make an election all about personalities - as the...Show More Summary

Just for Fun: How To Read a Professor’s Door

Some cultural capital, y’all. It’s me on the nose. Thanks PhD Comics!

crate digging with neneh cherry

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

Electro Violet - Still in Love (UK Eurovision Entry 2015)

It's here. What do you think? Well... it's alright. It's certainly different fare to the usual UK Eurovision entry. Electroswing is definitely not my thing (this is), but it has just enough cheesy quirkiness to go down well with the Eurovision audience. Show More Summary

Private Troubles and Public Op-eds

March 7, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston The previous post was about an op-ed by criminologist James Alan Fox that suffered from lack of data. That’s an occupational hazard for op-ed writers, though social scientists writing op-eds should know better. Show More Summary

Chart of the Week: Americans are Deeply Divided Over the Problem of Poverty

According to a new report from the Pew Research Center, Americans are almost evenly split over who is responsible for poverty and whether the poor have it easy or hard. Here are some factoids from the data: 44% think that the government should do more for the needy, even if it means more debt 51% […]

Engendering Sex and Gender

By Sally Raskoff In sociology, and some other social sciences, we take a close look at sex and gender and identify how those concepts are quite different even though society conflates them together. Sex, being the more biological dimension of...

Skull Face And The Self-Fulfilling Stereotype

Flashback Friday. Studies show that people will often act in ways consistent with how they are treated. Therefore, treating someone according to a stereotype will likely produce behavior that confirms the stereotype. This is called a self-fulfilling stereotype. Show More Summary

“Treat yo’self” to Some Sociology

Sociology and stand-up comedy have a lot in common: both reveal deep truths about life experiences and reveal the connections and disconnections of humanity. One just has more citations. For his upcoming book Modern Romance, stand-up comic and Parks and Rec star Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to tackle modern dating in […]

Labour's TV Debates Attack Ad

The words 'petard' and 'hoisted by' spring to mind. There is one man in Britain terrified by Ed Miliband, and his name is David Cameron.

meet the spockers

In honor of Leonard Nimoy, Canadians have been drawing his likeness on their five dollar bill. The Bank of Canada says “cut it out.” 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!  

D8TR Dilemma: Millennials “Just Talking,” “Hanging Out”

  Picture a family holiday dinner. Food is on the table, everyone is gathered together, and a high school or college student is text messaging under the table. Upon prodding questions about the recipient—“Are you dating?”—the irritated adolescent might glance up just long enough to mumble, “We’re just talking.” Sociology professor Kathy Hull shares her […]

Dave's Debate Dodging

The weak man of British politics is at it again. Having moved heaven and earth to try and avoid the television debates, Dave has now condescended to appear in a single contest with six other party leaders. In what can only be described...Show More Summary

Unsurprising Stats: Hollywood Lacks Diversity

  Following the whitest Academy Awards in nearly 20 years, UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report. Sociologist and center Director Darnell Hunt described the findings to The Hollywood Reporter: “Hollywood is not progressing at the same rate as America is diversifying.” The study, which surveyed the […]

The Most Common Job in Every State, 1978-2014

NPR put together a nice graphic showing the most common job in every state every two years from 1978 to 2014. It’s a fascinating ride from secretaries, farmers, and machine operators to truck drivers, truck drivers, and truck drivers. Click to enlarge. 1978: 2014: Quoctrung Bui explains some of the trends: Truck drivers came to “dominate […]

more congratulations to elizabeth armstrong and laura hamilton

My former colleague Elizabeth Armstrong and IU alum Laura Hamilton have won the ASA Distinguished publication award for Paying for the Party, their much discussed book on the effects of the party scene on college students. Their book use ethnographic data to describe how the party scene disproportionately affects working class students and mitigates the […]

Masculinity and Penis Anxiety

"It's not what you've got, but what you do with it." That's the advice I imbibed from reading reams and reams of agony aunt columns as I was growing up. Not because I was seeking advice or reassurance mind (hung like a hoss, of course) but because men and boys fraught by their penis size were regular fixtures in Dear Deidre and the like. Show More Summary

Who Kills Themselves Binge Drinking? It’s Not Who You Think

At Everyday Sociology, sociologist Karen Sternheimer made a nice observation about the problem of teen drinking. It’s not our biggest alcohol problem. According to the CDC, the age group most likely to die from binge drinking is people 35-64 years old. In fact, three out of every four alcohol poisoning deaths are in this age group […]

response to lizardo on the death of theory in sociology

A little while back, Omar released a pamphlet called The End of Theorists. It’s an essay on the state of theory in sociology and some possibilities for the future. Originally given as address to the junior theorist’s symposium, he expanded it into an essay. Omar’s bad news is that the official role of “theorist” has […]

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