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  • Social and Cultural Capital at School

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    W. W. Norton
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    By Sally Raskoff Have you ever thought about how your social relationships at school (and elsewhere) might help you in the future? Social capital, conceptualized by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, includes economic resources that one gains from being part of a network of social relationships, including group membership. Cultural capital, also from Bourdieu, includes non-economic resources that enable social mobility. Examples of cultural capital would include knowledge, skills, and education. Both concepts remind us that social networks and culture have value. Bourdieu discussed other forms of…
  • Bad marriage, broken heart?

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    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Older couples in a bad marriage -- particularly female spouses -- have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. read more
  • Aging, Living, and Dying

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    W. W. Norton
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    By Karen Sternheimer As a college professor, my students are almost always the same age—with a few outliers—but I continue to get older, which occasionally becomes more salient. Recently we screened the documentary The Central Park Five in our department, a film focusing on the attack on a jogger in 1989 and the subsequent rush to judgment that led to the wrongful imprisonment of five teen boys. The incident took place when I was a college student living in New York, and before most of the students in attendance were born. When we talked about the film, they were just as interested in…
  • Sociology's Most Cited Papers by Decade

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    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My colleague Jim Moody sent along some interesting data this morning. Using the Web of Science database, he took the most-cited papers in Sociology and produced a Top 10 list for each decade going back to the 1950s. Not a table of which papers were most popular in those decades, but a table of which papers are now the most-cited from those decades. Note that the 1950s category is really “1950s and before”. The universe of citing papers is all of WoS. I absolve Jim of any responsibility for the figure I made from his data, or my comments below. Here’s a dotplot of the…
  • Sexting and Gender

    Montclair SocioBlog
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    November 18, 2014.Posted by Jay LivingstonIMuch of Hanna Rosin’s recent Atlantic article “Why Kids Sext” plays on the generational divide. Parents get understandably upset about something that kids see as just another part of social life. Cops and prosecutors have an even more difficult time since a high schooler’s sexy cellphone selfie is a felony in most states. The media too aren’t sure how to play it. “Massive teen sexting ring,” gasped the headline in a local paper  in Louisa County, Virginia. A couple of high school kids had created an Instagram page with about 100…
 
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  • Sociology students experience serving others with Salvation Army meal - Herald-Mail Media

    26 Nov 2014 | 12:22 pm
    Herald-Mail MediaSociology students experience serving others with Salvation Army mealHerald-Mail MediaRukia Medley, left, spoons stuffing onto a tray Wednesday at the Salvation Army in Hagerstown, where she and fellow Hagerstown Community College sociology students served a free Thanksgiving meal for the needy. She is joined by, from left, Cheyenne ...and more »
  • Torah Sociology: Religious Zionists and Rabbi Carlebach - Arutz Sheva

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Torah Sociology: Religious Zionists and Rabbi CarlebachArutz ShevaWe recently commemorated the twentieth year of Rav Shlomo Carlebach's death. During his lifetime the religious Zionist community, particularly the younger members, enjoyed and were inspired by his music. But the community as a whole felt quite ...
  • Senior Lecturer Policy (Sociology) - The Conversation AU

    25 Nov 2014 | 7:36 pm
    Senior Lecturer Policy (Sociology)The Conversation AUAs a leading centre of Sociology in Australia is now seeking to appoint an outstanding researcher and teacher in the field of social policy to further build Sociology's reputation for excellence in research and quality teaching. Our research interests and more »
  • Lecturer Sociology - The Conversation AU

    24 Nov 2014 | 10:26 pm
    Lecturer SociologyThe Conversation AULa Trobe University's success is driven by people who are committed to making a difference. They are creative and highly motivated, pursue new ideas and create knowledge. La Trobe is among the top 100 universities in the world under the age of 50
  • Sociologists Available to Discuss Holiday-Related Topics Ranging From ... - Newswise (press release)

    24 Nov 2014 | 6:43 am
    Sociologists Available to Discuss Holiday-Related Topics Ranging From Newswise (press release)Newswise — WASHINGTON, DC, November 24, 2014 — As the holiday season begins, the American Sociological Association (ASA) has sociologists available to discuss holiday-related topics ranging from shopping to sadness. John Baugher is a sociologist ...and more »
 
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  • (Someone Else’s) Home for the Holidays

    W. W. Norton
    24 Nov 2014 | 1:34 pm
    By Karen Sternheimer I just booked my first reservation through Airbnb.com, the site where you can reserve a room in a guest house or private home. This wasn’t my first choice; after finding that most reasonably-priced hotel rooms were booked, my husband and I decided to give it a try for a night. We passed on places that had too many negative reviews left by previous guests or if the room seemed unkempt and cluttered based on the posted pictures. The location we selected had many good reviews and is a five minute drive from our destination. Staying in a stranger’s home may seem like a…
  • Community Engagement: Who is Best Served by Service Learning?

    W. W. Norton
    20 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    By Teresa Irene Gonzales Community-engagement. This is a term that is used quite a bit amongst college and university presidents, administrators, faculty, staff, and students in thinking about ways that colleges and universities can bridge the town-gown divide between university campuses and the towns, neighborhoods, and/or cities in which they reside. At the same time, it’s a hot topic given the Obama administration and the Department of Education’s support for initiatives surrounding community and civic-engagement and learning. Some colleges view community-engagement as a form of…
  • Aging, Living, and Dying

    W. W. Norton
    17 Nov 2014 | 10:59 am
    By Karen Sternheimer As a college professor, my students are almost always the same age—with a few outliers—but I continue to get older, which occasionally becomes more salient. Recently we screened the documentary The Central Park Five in our department, a film focusing on the attack on a jogger in 1989 and the subsequent rush to judgment that led to the wrongful imprisonment of five teen boys. The incident took place when I was a college student living in New York, and before most of the students in attendance were born. When we talked about the film, they were just as interested in…
  • Social and Cultural Capital at School

    W. W. Norton
    14 Nov 2014 | 10:54 am
    By Sally Raskoff Have you ever thought about how your social relationships at school (and elsewhere) might help you in the future? Social capital, conceptualized by sociologist Pierre Bourdieu, includes economic resources that one gains from being part of a network of social relationships, including group membership. Cultural capital, also from Bourdieu, includes non-economic resources that enable social mobility. Examples of cultural capital would include knowledge, skills, and education. Both concepts remind us that social networks and culture have value. Bourdieu discussed other forms of…
  • A Socioanalysis of President Barack Obama

    W. W. Norton
    7 Nov 2014 | 2:31 pm
    By Peter Kaufman I am writing this post on the eve of the 2014 midterm elections, so I don’t know who the winners and losers will be. However, I do know one thing for sure: President Obama is not held in high regard these days. Obama’s approval rating is hovering around 42%, lower than the average approval ratings of the ten presidents that preceded him. For what it’s worth, Obama’s rating is actually significantly higher than the approval rating of Congress—the group of politicians whose partisan obstructionism and dogmatism are arguably responsible for much of Obama’s…
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  • Can you find the lecture about doxxing and vigilantes?

    Monochrome
    31 Oct 2014 | 12:09 pm
    Circa 2010 I saw a video of a talk on dangers of twitter and hacktivism. The man giving this presentation gave an example of a tweet that angered hacktivists. One of them doxxed the twitter user and found out his/her address. A flash mob of angry people showed up at the doorstep. But the wrong address had been used. Then someone died (the homeowner? someone in the crowd? I can't recall.) The speaker emphasized that this scenario was fictional, but its constituent phenomena are real. He said it was only a matter of time before it came true. Does anyone have a link to this video?
  • Why were people so scared of "juvenile delinquents" in the 1950s?

    suburbanbeatnik
    20 Sep 2014 | 1:23 am
    I've been fascinated with 1950s-1960s stuff for a long time, and for just as long I've accepted that people back then were fascinated with evil, misbehaving youth, and indeed thought that "JDs" were a Huge Problem in Society (i.e. West Side Story, Blackboard Jungle, or Rebel Without A Cause). Yet it also seems people were genuinely terrified of Teens Gone Bad, in a way it's hard to wrap my modern brain around. But how did this come about? Why were so people scared of "juvenile delinquents," and why was this considered a societal problem on par with battling Communism? I started looking around…
  • Introductory sources on biological classification

    carter
    9 Jun 2014 | 7:53 am
    I'm beginning a project that looks partly at biological classification, primarily in western science. I have no background in this, and so I'm digging around. I'm interested to know more about the current rules for nomenclature, and also to know more about historical, philosophical, sociological, knowledge practice, ethnographic, anthropological, science technology and society (STS), sociotechnical, etc., approaches to the study of biological classification. I'll take monographs, articles, papers, web sites, etc. I have access to a university library. What are some good sources that can…
  • Pool Side Social Sciences.

    Milau
    2 May 2014 | 6:04 am
    I'm leaving for a much deserved vacation. I will be spending a lot of time reading by the pool. I'm looking for good social science reads. I'm trying to plan a few books that I could bring on my next vacation (this month). I used to be a huge fan of fiction but have found myself struggling to get into it lately. Instead, I seem to spend my time reading in either sociology, anthropology or history. I'm looking for "empirical" reads, that is, books that are focused on lived experiences. I've read and enjoyed theoretical stuff (Bourdieu, Foucault, Rancière, Butler, etc), but am looking for…
  • Do homeless individuals have codes of conduct or rules?

    mrmanvir
    19 Apr 2014 | 4:28 pm
    I recently learned that the panhandlers in my city (Cambridge, MA) often share their food when they get big items and it made me wonder - do homeless individuals often have explicit or implicit rules, like "share when you get food" or "the person who's been homeless the longest gets the best spot"? What do you think happens if people break the rule? I'm sure there's a lot of variation both within and between cities, but if anyone has any thoughts, I'd really appreciate it!
 
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  • Sociology PhD funding opportunities, 2015-16

    24 Nov 2014 | 2:05 pm
    As part of the range of funding opportunities for new Social Science PhD students for 2015-16, we are keen to recruit high quality research students in Sociology and welcome applications in areas relating to research specialisms in the Sociology team.Particular areas of interest in Sociology are:Contemporary Social TheoryAnti-Capitalism and Social ProtestUtopias and Social ImaginariesSocial PsychologyGlobalisation and Global CulturesSociology of Media and CultureNew Media CulturesFamiliesChildhood and Consumer CultureEnvironment and Climate ChangeGender and ConsumptionParenting and…
  • The Beautiful Game or Football’s Fantasy

    24 Nov 2014 | 1:59 pm
    By Dr Andy ZieleniecFootball continues to be the nation’s favourite sport and 2014 has given fans plenty of highs and lows to enjoy. The culmination of mostly competitive leagues across Europe, a Brazilian World Cup, the start of new league campaigns and the qualifying rounds of European club and international competitions to mention a few. However, over the last few weeks football has appeared almost as much on the front pages of newspapers as much as the back. It seems that what happens in football (in this country at least) shines a light or holds a mirror up to many wider social…
  • Why Do We Give to Charity?

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:41 am
    By Dr Siobhan HolohanIt’s Children in Need tomorrow. The day in the year when the British public come together to raise hundreds of millions of pounds for children’s charities around the country. For weeks or months individuals and groups of people have run marathons, held bake-offs, or worn silly costumes to fundraise for this worthy cause. No-one can deny that the projects supported by this money need to be funded. They provide, amongst many other things, safe places for children to go when they feel threatened at home, respite care for the many thousands of children who care for…
  • Insurance and the Speed Awareness Course

    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    This is a cross-posted fromparkingchallenge.blogspot.co.uk, a blog by AdamSnow (PhD Student, Criminology) that is dedicated to understanding and sharing ideas about road traffic regulation and the interplay between traffic law and society.An interesting piece in the Daily Telegraph leads with the headline "I took a speed awareness course and my car insurance doubled".  Of course this represents just one instance of one policy doubling in amount so perhaps one shouldn't get worked up about the 'doubling'.  Indeed the piece overall is quite balanced in how it reports insurance…
  • Project Update: Using Twitter in Sociology Teaching and Learning

    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    By Emma Head and Ala Sirriyeh We are now in the third week of our teaching innovation project.  We have asked students to complete a questionnaire detailing their use of social media and noting their perceptions of using social media in education.  Next week we will be running focus groups with students to discuss these topics in more detail.Ala has been making use to Twitter to alert students to news stories, journal articles, and other resources that are relevant to the 'Race', Racism, and Resistance module.  Seminar activities have also been documented in tweets.
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  • How much control do parents have?

    9 Nov 2014 | 5:30 pm
    I read a Facebook post this morning by a young woman I know - mother of two daughters - and found myself utterly surprised to find that I no longer agree with her position. She said:"With few exceptions, kids are the way they are because that's how they're being TRAINED. If we don't like the current situation, we must do something differently."I might have said that myself forty years ago as a young sociologist. We sociologists were trained to think primarily in terms of nurture, and to lay everything at the foot of the "socialization" process. But I've seen a lot in the past 40 years and…
  • confessions of a former optimist

    6 Sep 2014 | 6:56 pm
    I have always been an optimist. Or perhaps I should say I was always an optimist until the last few years. This has little or nothing to do with my personal life experiences. I maintained an optimistic outlook during unemployment, poverty, cancer, divorce, and many other personal trials, and recent years have been kind to my husband and I in many ways. Moreover, my optimism  was not based on ignorance of the worlds problems and issues. My parents brought me up to be highly aware of the dire circumstance of poverty, war, brutality, pain and suffering that others in the world…
  • Why the Rich Hate Obama

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:23 am
    This morning I ran across an article "The Best Worst President Ever" by Mark Morford in SF Gate.  Morford observes a wealthy beneficiary of the economy under Obama proclaim Obama the "worst president ever." Morford then proceeds to give a litany of economic facts that provide ample evidence that this wealthy individual is almost certainly benefiting greatly from the economy during Obama's presidency. In the end Morford just laughs, and shakes his head at the "bizarre lament" of these crazy rich bastards. His only explanation is simple racism - rich white guys can't stand it that a black…
  • The Truths Hidden in Right Wing Survivalism

    10 Jul 2014 | 9:02 am
    On a right wing web page, every other headline screams that Obama is responsible for impending disaster and doom to American society.  But hidden within the polarizing rhetoric is often startlingly accurate analysis of the real sources of the problems and the dangers facing America today: a capitalist economic system that enshrines greed and wanton wealth accumulation over economic and social stability and human needs. This short video is typical of the genre aimed at "patriots" and emphasizing individualism and family it provides a surprisingly fact based and astute analysis of…
  • Zombie America - Installment 5 UPDATED!

    6 Jun 2014 | 8:38 am
    America, the zombie nation that ONLY appears to be alive.  Excellent article about how economic reality on the ground of everyday life for most Americans contradicts the economic fantasies theory of economic and political elites who argue for more tax cuts for "job creators," also known as voodoo "trickle down" economics.See succinct article in Buzzflash  http://www.truth-out.org/buzzflash/commentary/trickle-down-economics-and-climate-deniers-face-an-insurmountable-challenge-realityThis is not debatable data: it is reality, like seeing rain gushing from the sky as proof that…
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  • overheard

    jeremy
    22 Nov 2014 | 1:51 pm
    “The single most important piece of advice for the one-on-one meetings you have during a job interview is to LISTEN.”
  • academic name changes

    jeremy
    19 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    OW’s post about her problems from not changing her name reminds me of a question that came up last week in Bloomington over lunch. The question concerns women scientists — well, let’s start out by restricting attention to women sociologists — who are placed in tenure-line academic jobs. Some women have publication records in which they publish under one surname, and then later on–say, no earlier than after completion of their PhD–switch and publish under an entirely different surname. Leave the matter of name hyphenation out of this: I’m talking about…
  • name ghost

    olderwoman
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:08 am
    One way or another it is looking like it will cost me several hundred dollars and significant aggravation to deal with the fallout of US patriarchy. Back when I was married in 1970, the women’s movement was just kicking in and a summer employer insisted that they could not (would not) pay me unless I signed a form changing to my married name on my social security record. I never got a new card, however, and since that time, the only name I’ve used is my birth name.To do this, in the 1970s I had several times to verbally lie to self-appointed local government monitors of…
  • transparency as a matter of research ethics

    jeremy
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Apparently APSA has actually made a step toward open science as part of their ethical guidelines. According to a recent paper in Science: The American Political Science Association in 2012 adopted guidelines that made it an ethical obligation for researchers to “facilitate the evaluation of their evidence-based knowledge claims through data access, production transparency, and analytic transparency.” My understanding is that the ASA ethical guidelines are still stuck on the idea that people should get around to sharing data after they’ve finished all the articles they might want to…
  • step #1: repeat

    jeremy
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    I was re-reading Feynman’s essay on “Cargo-Cult Science,” largely to look at the context of the marvelous quote “The first principle is that you must not fool yourself–and you are the easiest person to fool.” But farther on I saw this part about repeating experiments: When I was at Cornell, I often talked to the people in the psychology department. One of the students told me she wanted to do an experiment that went something like this–it had been found by others that under certain circumstances, X, rats did something, A. She was curious as to…
 
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  • Economic sociology of neoliberalism - interview recording

    Will
    17 Nov 2014 | 2:49 am
    I strongly recommend the economic sociology blog, Estudios de la Economia, run by Jose Ossandon and Tomas Undurraga. One of the nice things about the interviews they publish is how they break the questions down, and upload each answer separately, meaning you don't have to dive into one vast hour-long MP3. They've just published an interview I did with them a few weeks ago, discussing my book. It's the most theoretical and sociological discussion I've yet had about the book, and was provoked by some very sharp questions.
  • against the neo-behaviorists

    Will
    20 Oct 2014 | 8:31 am
    The LSE Impact Blog have been hosting a debate on the future of the social sciences, in anticipation of this event tomorrow evening, with Nicholas Christakis, whose article on the need to 'shake up' the social sciences made a bit of a stir last year. A more recent article by Amanda Goodall and Andrew Oswald lept enthusiastically aboard Christakis's bandwagon, from a British context. The tenor of this debate irks me. It employs the rhetoric of 'modernity' and 'anti-conservatism' in a similar way to Tony Blair, namely, to back all critics into corners where they do…
  • The Limits of Neoliberalism discussions

    Will
    7 Oct 2014 | 7:54 am
    As part of the slow-burning promotion of my book, a couple of discussions have been published in recent weeks, exploring the book's arguments. Firstly, New Left Project published a two-part interview I did with Tom Mills, one of their editors. These can be read here [pt 1] and here [pt 2]. Secondly, Renewal organised a symposium of critical reviews of the book, with a response from me. I was really delighted with the quality of these commentaries from Bob Jessop, Stephanie Mudge and Jonathan Derbyshire. You can download the pdf of this symposium here. 
  • in praise of family existentialism

    Will
    4 Aug 2014 | 4:00 am
    When it comes to the cultural injunctions of the Guardian and Radio 4, I'm pretty obedient. In the past couple of weeks, I've seen Richard Linklater's film Boyhood and ploughed through most of the second volume of Karl Ove Knausgaard's My Struggle. The parallels are very striking, as many have noticed. On a superficial level, they include an attention to minor, arguably banal details of everyday life; a preoccupation with family and the parent-child relationship; a length that runs the risk of boredom; an absence of plot, conventionally understood; and above all, a heroic…
  • Listen to Big Ideas - what is neoliberalism?

    Will
    31 Jul 2014 | 3:31 am
    The Big Ideas event I spoke at on 'What is neoliberalism?' on Tuesday night turned out to be great fun, with unusually good questions and contributions from the audience. In case anybody would like to listen, here is a recording. It includes my talk, which lasts just over half an hour, and then an hour-long discussion.
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  • snow snow snow

    epopp
    27 Nov 2014 | 1:09 pm
    Here in the non-Buffalo part of upstate New York, we just got our first big snow dump of the year. Okay, it was seven inches, not sixty, but enough to create that Winter Wonderland effect. Fortunately for us, my family’s not traveling till Saturday, so we’re not stuck in an airport or behind an accident on the interstate, but watching from our cozy living room. Last year, we were living in central New Jersey. It’s only 3 1/2 hours to the south, but what a world of difference in terms of weather. 2013-14 was one of the ten snowiest winters in NJ, but it was still a bit less…
  • non-punishment for sexual assault at virginia?

    fabiorojas
    25 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    There is a serious crisis at the University of Virginia after Rolling Stone published an article that, unsurprisingly, argued that the administration failed to punish sexual offenders on campus. Soon, the University president, Teresa Sullivan, announced a suspension of fraternity activities until Jan. 9 but otherwise defended the school. This is very disappointing. It has become increasingly common knowledge that universities are unable to handle rape allegations, they have almost no control over fraternities, and national fraternity organizations have set themselves up so that they are not…
  • a comment about agent based models in sociology in response to freese

    fabiorojas
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:01 pm
    About a week ago, Jeremy stopped by ye olde alma mater to give a talk on some new work. I was at SocInfo 2014, but my spies told me he made a quip about me. He mentioned that I thought that computer simulations were on the decline, even though his talk was about simulations. Of course, haters being haters,* the whole thing got blown out of proportion. Maybe, but it almost came to fisticuffs.** Still, there remained a basic point – was I wrong? First, it helps to clarify. I never said that simulations were declining overall. In fact, simulations are a core technique in engineering,…
  • inequality in the skies

    epopp
    24 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    I’m on a plane right now, flying from Sacramento back to Albany. And sitting here I’m reminded of how air travel itself reflects the growing inequality of society in a trivial, but suggestive, way. Planes have always had first-class and passenger cabins, at least as far as I know. If the Titanic had this distinction, I’m guessing it was in place from the beginning of commercial aviation. But for most of my adult life, planes—at least the ones I usually fly on, from one U.S. city to another—looked something like this: Just roughing it out here, this means that 7% of the passengers…
  • congrats to awesome IU grad students

    fabiorojas
    23 Nov 2014 | 6:20 pm
    The December ASR has a number of articles by IU related folks, including Brea Perry, who just joined us. Notable is an article by three IU BGS* called “Formal Rights and Informal Privileges for Same-Sex Couples: Evidence from a National Survey Experiment.” From Long Doan, Annalise Loehr, and Lisa R. Miller: Attitudes toward gay rights have liberalized over the past few decades, but scholars know less about the extent to which individuals in the United States exhibit subtle forms of prejudice toward lesbians and gays. To help address this issue, we offer a conceptualization of…
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  • Negative Negativity

    26 Nov 2014 | 8:12 pm
    November 26, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonNegative statements are harder to evaluate than are positive statements, though the difference may be only a microsecond of thought. 1.  True or False: Barack Obama is not president.2.  True or False: Barack Obama is president.When multiple negatives keep switching the sign from positive to negative and back, a reader sinks into the mud and struggles to find the meaning of the sentence.  In previous posts (here , for example) I’ve made up my own examples (“The Supreme Court today failed to overturn a lower-court ruling that denied a…
  • “Whiplash” - The Little Drummer Boy

    23 Nov 2014 | 2:33 pm
    November 23, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonI played my drum for himPa rum pum pum pumI played my best for himPa rum pum pum pumIf you’ve seen “Whiplash,” you’ll get the irony. If not, watch the trailer.Like most trailers, it pretty much tells you the whole story, though it inflates the boy-girl theme, which in the actual movie is an afterthought, a bit of romantic relief in lieu of comic relief (the movie has zero laughs). After all, we can’t have 105 minutes of non-stop sadism, intimidation, and humiliation. And blood. There’s a lot of blood. Much more than you’d expect in a…
  • Old Folks At Home . . . And Abroad

    22 Nov 2014 | 2:01 pm
    November 22, 2014Posted by Jay Livingston“We need to get rid of Obamacare,” says Ed Gillispie in a NYT op-ed yesterday (here). The reason: Obamacare’s “gravitational pull toward a single-payer system that would essentially supplant private insurance with a government program.”Gillespie, who lays out his credentials at the start of the article – he ran for Senate in Virginia and lost – notes that Obamacare is unpopular. But he omits all mention of a government-run single-payer system that happens to be very popular – Medicare. No Republican dare run on a platform of doing away…
  • Sexting and Gender

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:55 pm
    November 18, 2014.Posted by Jay LivingstonIMuch of Hanna Rosin’s recent Atlantic article “Why Kids Sext” plays on the generational divide. Parents get understandably upset about something that kids see as just another part of social life. Cops and prosecutors have an even more difficult time since a high schooler’s sexy cellphone selfie is a felony in most states. The media too aren’t sure how to play it. “Massive teen sexting ring,” gasped the headline in a local paper  in Louisa County, Virginia. A couple of high school kids had created an Instagram page with about 100…
  • Hope and Bugs, Of Course

    15 Nov 2014 | 10:03 am
    November 15, 2014Posted by Jay LivingstonEver since I read Andrew Gelman’s list of words to avoid, I’ve been more conscious of the simple “of course.”  I still use it, but more sparingly and cautiously.  (Gelman’s list, here, includes obviously, clearly, interestingly, note that, and their variants like “it is interesting to note that.”) But then there’s the ironic “of course,” the one that points to some gem that is far from obvious. Done correctly, the casually tossed in “of course” makes us admire the author for spotting this sparkling insight. Maybe it…
 
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  • Sociology's Most Cited Papers by Decade

    14 Nov 2014 | 4:00 pm
    My colleague Jim Moody sent along some interesting data this morning. Using the Web of Science database, he took the most-cited papers in Sociology and produced a Top 10 list for each decade going back to the 1950s. Not a table of which papers were most popular in those decades, but a table of which papers are now the most-cited from those decades. Note that the 1950s category is really “1950s and before”. The universe of citing papers is all of WoS. I absolve Jim of any responsibility for the figure I made from his data, or my comments below. Here’s a dotplot of the…
  • Scottish Independence

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:00 pm
    So, Scotland remains part of the United Kingdom. This morning on the bus (I should run a series called “Idle Data Analysis on the Bus”) I looked at how the high turnout compared to other Scottish elections. Data on turnout is easily available back to 1970. Here are two views of it. Voter turnout in Scotland in National elections and plebiscites since 1970. You can get a larger image or a PDF version of the figure if you want a closer look at it. As you can see, turnout for the Independence Referendum was both astonishingly high and way off-trend. In addition to the long-term…
  • Durkheim viva voce

    19 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    I just attended the American Sociological Association Meetings in San Francisco, and while there my friend Marion Fourcade told me about a remarkable little piece of sociological history. It’s an audio recording of Émile Durkheim delivering a talk. Emile Durkheim recorded in 1911 in Bologna. I had no idea such a thing existed. The recording is about two and a half minutes long. It’s a fragment of a piece titled Jugements de valeur et jugements de réalité, which you can read in French here. It was recorded in 1911 at a meeting in Bologna, which I think is one of only quite few…
  • An ASA Bingo Retrospective

    12 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    ASA Conference Bingo is on a permanent vacation pending its return around 2030 in a nostalgic comeback that warms the hearts of fans old and new. But as several people have asked me about it, here is a collection of the cards from years past. Not available in stores. 2008 Back in 2008, the groundbreaking first ASA Conference Bingo was so new and radical, it required instructions to play. Only 100 people saw this Bingo, but every one of them formed a benign gambling addiction. 2009 The difficult Second Bingo was presented with no such concessions but subtly higher production values. 2009 Bingo…
  • We're Hiring

    11 Aug 2014 | 5:00 pm
    My department is looking to fill a tenure-track Assistant Professor line this Fall. Area of Specialization is Race/Ethnicity. If you have access to the ASA Job Bank, you can read the ad here. If you don’t have access to the ASA Job Bank, you can read the ad right here: Job ID: 10444 Date Position is Available: Fall 2015 Listing Active: 8/12/2014 to 10/11/2014 Title: Assistant Professor Department: Department of Sociology Company: Duke University Job Position/Rank: Academic Positions; Assistant Professor Special Program and Areas of Faculty Expertise: Racial and Ethnic Relations Region:…
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  • Book Review: Causality: Models, Reasoning, and Inference

    Elwert, F.
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
  • Evidence and interest in social theory: An ontological-practical approach

    Heiskala, R.
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    What is social theory? This paper opens with a conception of social theory as an ontological approach explicating the nature of the worldview that we should adopt provided that the results of the most advanced empirical social science are true. After loosening the limitations of such a realist conception by introducing normative standards and dialogue with other provinces of meaning than science, it raises another question: How can we choose between various alternative conceptions in social theory? It seems that although the element of voluntaristic choice cannot be completely avoided, there…
  • The effects of social origins and cognitive ability on educational attainment: Evidence from Britain and Sweden

    Bukodi, E., Erikson, R., Goldthorpe, J. H.
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    In previous work we have shown that in Britain and Sweden alike parental class, parental status and parental education have independent effects on individuals’ educational attainment. In this paper we extend our analyses, first by also including measures of individuals’ early-life cognitive ability, and second by bringing our results for Britain and Sweden into direct comparative form. On the basis of extensive birth-cohort data for both countries, we find that when cognitive ability is introduced into our analyses, parental class, status and education continue to have…
  • Book Review: Handbook of Causal Analysis for Social Research

    Teitler, J.
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
  • From a self-made to an already-made man: A historical content analysis of professional advice literature

    De Keere, K.
    5 Nov 2014 | 3:23 am
    Several scholars argue that self-expression has become a salient feature in the conception of the self at the expense of a more utilitarian perception of the individual. This article argues that this transition agrees with an evolution in how the relation between work and the self was perceived during the 20th century. A historical content analysis of advice literature on professional success shows how capitalism adapted itself to the aesthetic critique of alienation by revitalising the spirit of capitalism. The old spirit of capitalism that relied on self-control and discipline was replaced…
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  • "Every Person Is Deserving Of Help"

    Chay Coloma
    25 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    I was in my Sociology class, and we were having a discussion on homelessness. Our professor had aske
  • The Velvet Rope

    quo1
    25 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
  • The Growth of Love

    Paul Martin Waters
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:13 am
    The Growth of Love Let me say it straight away: This book is highly recommended for anyone who works with children, lives with children, or has any contact with children whatsoever. But it is also recommended for anyone who wants to reflect a little on what “the good life” might be, and what sort of premises it might build on. If you buy it now you can skip the rest of this post :-) Keith White’s “The Growth of Love” is ostensibly a book about children, and about what contributes to their healthy development. From that point of view, it can be seen as a…
  • Jamaican Research: How does Education and Gender impact on work? Part 4

    Denise N. Fyffe, Writer
    25 Nov 2014 | 2:00 am
    How does Education and Gender impact on work? By: Denise N. Fyffe. Copyright © 2014, Denise N. Fyffe Conclusion Plato in an argument that was remarkable for his time, took the position that women were not, by their sex alone, unqualified to be guardians of the republic. However, in the selection of guardian only those traits and competencies long associated with male public leadership were sought. Plato held that some highly talented women could develop these traits and competencies, but he scorned the traits and competencies usually identified with women. To become a guardian, a woman had…
  • Ferguson: We're At War with Ourselves

    mattisdivine
    25 Nov 2014 | 12:26 am
    What I witnessed via social media last night made my heart hurt. I’m not sure I could’ve handled even being in a city filled with so much anger, confusion, and fear. The grand jury decision in Ferguson, MO to not indict officer Darren Wilson for the August shooting of Mike Brown, an unarmed teenager, caused a chaos unlike anything this country has seen in quite some time. There were nationwide protests, rioting, arson, conflict, and an explosion of reactions on social media. One thing we’ve learned in modern day in age, is how much of an influence we now have over one another…
 
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    eScienceNews: Sociology

  • Bad marriage, broken heart?

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Older couples in a bad marriage -- particularly female spouses -- have a higher risk for heart disease than those in a good marriage, finds the first nationally representative study of its kind. read more
  • Digging for answers

    20 Nov 2014 | 12:17 pm
    On an archaeology field trip in New Mexico as an undergraduate in 2006, Dana Bardolph noticed something that struck her as an odd gender imbalance: The professor leading the dig was a men, while the graduate assistant and all but two of the 14 undergrads were women. read more
  • Acculturative stress found to be root cause of high depression rates in Latino youth

    18 Nov 2014 | 6:02 pm
    Researchers at Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis say acculturative stress may explain, in part, why Indiana's Latino youth face an alarming disparity in depression and suicide rates when compared to their white counterparts. read more
  • Major brain pathway rediscovered after century-old confusion, controversy

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:41 am
    A couple of years ago a scientist looking at dozens of MRI scans of human brains noticed something surprising. A large, fiber pathway that seemed to be part of the network of connections that process visual information showed up on the scans, but the researcher couldn't find it mentioned in any of the modern-day anatomy textbooks he had. read more
  • Symmetrical knees linked to Jamaican sprinting prowess

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:51 am
    Why is Jamaica, with a population smaller than that of Los Angeles, home to so many of the world's elite sprinters -- runners who compete in the 100, 200, 400 and 800-meter races? read more
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