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Saturday Stat: World’s Top Military Spender

According to the Stockholm International Peace Institute, the United States remains the world’s top military spender. In fact, U.S. military spending equals the combined military spending of the next ten countries.  And most of those are U.S. allies. Although declining in real terms, the U.S. military budget remains substantial and a huge drain on our public […]

Saturday Interview: Louise Whittle

Louise Whittle, blogs under HarpyMarx, has been involved in leftie politics for nearly 30 years. Socialist feminist, currently working for the rat race, trade unionist and overall activist. Likes art, film, photography and drinking cocktails. Show More Summary

explanation of jeff koons

Warning: Some of Koons’ work is NSFW! Not for kids. Except for the cheesy intro music, I like this review of Jeff Koons’ recent show. I’ve always had this love/hate approach to his work and I think this discussion by art critic Rodrigo Canete helps out. #puppies 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool […]

RSVP for the Junior Theorists Symposium!

The 2014 Junior Theorists Symposium is just three weeks away! Below, please find an updated schedule. JTS 2014 will be held at the University of California Berkeley in 60 Evans Hall. A complete list of paper abstracts is available here (pdf link). If you have any questions, please contact Jordanna Matlon and myself at juniortheorists@gmail.com. […]

Nick Griffin on Question Time

Not that it really matters any more, but the BNP deposed Nazi Nick this week and replaced him with an idiot who goes round in an army uniform "in solidarity" with British troops. As Griffin bows out of the limelight to spend more time with his money worries, here's the seminal Question Time moment of 'peak BNP' from 2009. You can watch the rest here, here, here, here, and here.

data bleg: categorical data

Please put in the comments, or link to, a data set that has the following properties: A few hundred cases, but not too many ( 300 < N < 1000). Longitudinal categorical variable X with the following properties Categorical variable should NOT be ordered. States should be like {chocolate,vanilla, strawberry}, {strong agree, neutral, strong disagree}. […]

Fifty Shades of Grey

The trailer for the much anticipated Fifty Shades of Grey adaptation touched down today. Looks stylish. Due for release on Valentine's Day next year, it's getting billed as a "romantic drama". That's like describing Ron Jeremy as "an actor". Show More Summary

Happy Birthday, Sociological Images!

We’re 7 years old today!  To celebrate, here’s a picture of seven capybaras. Thanks to everyone who has visited over the last seven years!  This is our 5,226th post and I can hardly believe it.  Ready to charge on for another! Here are some highlights from the last year. The blog never ceases to surprise! Volunteers put […]

how social movement theory and org theory became friends

Klaus Weber and I have a chapter in the forthcoming Oxford Handbook of Sociology, Social Theory, and Organization Studies, in which we discuss the history of the connection (or lack thereof) between social movement theory and organizational theory. In writing the chapter we wanted to go back to the roots of each theory and talk […]

Ms Rogers’ Neighborhood

##July 24, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston Why are all these parents being arrested? That was the question raised by Ross Douthat’s recent column. It’s also the title of an article in The Week that Douthat links to in a follow-up blog post. Show More Summary

computer science “brain drain”

Shreeharsh Kelkar has an interesting post on the perceived “brain drain” in computer science. From a recent post at the Committee on the Anthropology of Science, Technology, and Computing blog: But what do scientists think of big data? Last year, in a widely circulated blog post titled “The Big Data Brain Drain: Why Science is in […]

Detoxifying the Liberal Democrats

Speaking of the LibDems, what are we to make of the party's about-turn on the bedroom tax? Whole-hearted penance or are more cynical motives at work? I'm sure readers won't be shocked if the truth lies closer to the latter pole than the former, but it begs the question. Show More Summary

Obedience, Authority, and Domination

By Peter Kaufman “Because I said so!” I’m sure that many of us have either uttered these words or have heard them spoken to us. We hear this phrase expressed in a host of relationships: parent-child, teacher-student, supervisor-employee, and police...

Marriage or the Baby Carriage

Differences in education level lead to dramatically different views on when to become a parent, according to new research. John Hopkins University sociologist Andrew Cherlin shows that millennial women with college educations are more likely to wait until they are married before they have children than women without a college degree. In an interview with […]

Conspicuous Pollution: Rural White Men Rollin’ Coal

Conspicuous consumption refers to the practice of ostentatiously displaying of high status objects.  Think very expensive purses and watches.  In the last few decades, as concern for the environment has become increasingly en vogue, it has become a marker of status to care for the earth. Show More Summary

David Ward and Hypocritical Bullshit

Is this what anti-Semitism really looks like? The big question is - if I lived in #Gaza would I fire a rocket? - probably yes— David Ward (@DavidWardMP) July 22, 2014 Ich bin ein #palestinian - the West must make up its mind - which side is it on?— David Ward (@DavidWardMP) July 22, 2014 "Ich bin ein Palestinian", a channeling of liberal hero JFK. Show More Summary

improving journal review times

Raj Chetty, Emmanuel Saez, and László Sándor have an NBER paper on an experiment to improve journal review times. The experiment? Pay reviewers: We evaluate policies to increase prosocial behavior using a field experiment with 1,500 referees at the Journal of Public Economics. We randomly assign referees to four groups: a control group with a […]

Children Seeking Refuge Have Hardened Americans Against Undocumented Immigrants

This year tens of thousands of Central American children, fleeing violence and poverty, have been arriving in the U.S. seeking refuge.  It’s a stunning story that has been covered widely in the media and Americans’ opinions about immigration have taken a hit. The Pew Research Center collected data regarding American leniency toward undocumented immigrants in February and […]

funding universities: is the state any better than private donors?

When I wrote about universities and the ethics of donations the other day, the takeaway was that we should 1) protect academic freedom and 2) avoid resource dependence but 3) not give donors political litmus tests. Then I threw in a line at the end about the biggest funder of all: the government. Of course, there’s a […]

indiana student killed in the ukraine

Last week, Indiana Ph.D. student Karlijn Keijzer was killed on Malaysia Airlines Flight 17. The university news web site reports that she was an athlete, gifted science student, and an accomplished teacher. Her passing is a tragedy that has deeply touched the IU community. History will likely pin this senseless death, and the deaths of […]

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