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Generational Conflict in Star Wars: The Force Awakens

I have seen Star Wars: The Force Awakens, and it was wonderful. That said, I'm not a huge Star Wars fan. There is something jarring about science fantasy that doesn't sit well with my own hard SF preferences. I guess that's what happens when, philosophically speaking, you're a miserable materialist. Show More Summary

B is for Beauty Bias

January 6, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston The headlines make it pretty clear.Attractive Students Get Higher Grades, Researchers SayThat’s from Newsweek. Slate copied Scott Jaschik’s piece, “Graded on Looks,” at Inside Higher Ed and gave...Show More Summary

four tips for your ASA submission

You still have sixteen hours left (and counting) to submit a paper for ASA 2016 — barring the common-but-not-enough-to-count-on deadline extension. Choosing what sessions to submit to, though, is more a matter of lore than of evidence (though olderwoman once posted some limited but very welcome data). Show More Summary

is economics less racially integrated than other disciplines?

A few days ago, economist Noah Smith posted this tweet: I've never seen as white-dominated a profession as economics. All the top people are white. Is it weird that I just noticed this? — Noah Smith (@Noahpinion) January 3, 2016 This raises an interesting question: what is the racial balance of the economics profession and […]

some sociological inspiration

To start the year with some sociological inspiration, I thought I’d pass along the text of a commencement speech I gave last year. When I say “commencement speech I gave last year,” by “commencement” I mean a ceremony for our department’s sociology graduates; when I say “speech” I mean simple remarks with nowhere near the […]

Jeremy Corbyn is Not a Misogynist

Like a lot of members from all wings of the movement, I'm getting fed up of the bullshit swilling about our party. Unfortunately, the latest to stir the stinking, steaming pot is Jess Phillips, the new go-to woman for "plain speaking". Show More Summary

Whither America’s Youth?

January 5, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston “Kids today are just so much better than kids of a generation or two ago.” When’s the last time you read an op-ed or magazine article that began like that. Never is my guess. Instead, you’re much...Show More Summary

Women Who Wait to Have Kids Healthier at 40

Winter break is a time for students and faculty alike to hunker down after a long semester, spend time with family and friends, and relax. But if you’re a woman in your 20s or 30s, you’ve probably been cornered by at least one relative who tells you your biological clock is ticking. And while Aunt […]

even more awesome guest posts

We had three official guest bloggers in residence, but there were lots of other people who sent posts in 2015. Check them out: James Iveniuk on soc specialties – More Summary

Simon Danczuk and Narcissism

Hand on heart, I'm not Simon Danczuk's biggest fan. Of all the Labour MPs of this Parliament and the last, his record has been downright appalling. At times when UKIP were surging, he courted will-he won't-he defection rumours in the gutter press. Show More Summary

thank you, 2015 orgtheory guest bloggers

Happy 2016, folks.  As the new year unfolds and people consider their new year’s resolutions, I’d like to thank three of our 2015 guest bloggers Caroline W. Lee, Ellen Berrey, and Victor Tan Chen for their insightful posts on their studies, conducting research, and the academic career. Caroline, who has graciously guest blogged for us […]

why do universities salivate over money-losing grants?

Happy new year. Guess what my New Year’s resolution is. To that end, a few quick thoughts on universities and the grant economy to dip a toe back in the water. We all know that American universities (well, not only American universities) are increasingly hungry for grants. When state funding stagnates, and tuition revenues are […]

democracy is tougher than you think, wealthy ones at least

We often hear that democracy is under threat. But is that true? In 2005, Adam Przeworski wrote an article in Public Choice arguing that wealthy democracies are stable but poor ones are not. He starts with the following observation: No democracy ever fell in a country with a per capita income higher than that of […]

New Blogs December/Jan 2016

New month. New year. New(ish) blogs. 67 Job Applications in a Fortnight and Sanctioned (Unaligned) Jess on Politics (Labour) (Twitter) The Alternative Politics (Labour) (Twitter) The Wilderness Years (Labour) (Twitter) Thomas Mauchline...Show More Summary

clora bryant/sweet georgia brown

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

Jeremy Corbyn, Women, and the Shadow Cabinet

I know the so-called women's pages in the Telegraph aren't meant for incisive political comment, but Cathy Newman's piece on Jeremy's will-he won't-he reshuffle is a strong contender for idiocy of the year. And we're only on 2016's second day. Show More Summary

Antonio Gramsci on New Year's Day

Italian revolutionary Antonio Gramsci casts a long shadow over leftist thought. But few are likely to have read this, a 100 year old missive about New Year's Day. Needless to say, old Antonio wasn't a fan. Many thanks to Viewpoint for digging this out last year. Show More Summary

Pleasure and Politics

January 1, 2016 Posted by Jay Livingston Here is the bio line of an op-ed in today’s Times: Jill Filipovic is a lawyer and a former senior political writer for who is writing a book about female pleasure and politics in America. Show More Summary

This year at Sociological Images

A New Vision and a Hiatus: Sociological Images turned 8 this year. It’s been a long, busy, and exciting journey and my own writing has been front-and-center for much of that time. Moving forward, my hope is to step back into more of an editor role, helping established scholars bring attention to their research, giving […]

Top 100 Independent Tweeting Bloggers 2015

Here's the other list you've waited 365 days for - the top 100 independent tweeting bloggers' list of 2015. Some definition issues first - how do you define "independent"? I play with a fairly loose definition. I.e. If a blog is maintained regularly (i.e. Show More Summary

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