best of 2007?

The NYTimes comes out with the 10 best books of 2007. Why don’t we come up with the best sociological insights of 2007? I ask because a friend recently wrote to me, “I have to present five minutes on an interesting or compelling discovery in Sociology from 2007… [any ideas?]” So, readers, any ideas?

8 thoughts on “best of 2007?”

  1. I kinda like an article in the most recent ASR, where Hawkins et al. argue that non-resident father involvements effect on kids well-being gets the causal direction wrong. Oi. That was a terrible sentence. But anyway, they suggest that instead of father’s involvement increasing the likelihood of a child’s wellbeing, a child’s wellbeing increase the likelihood of a nonresident father’s involvement. So it’s not that non-resident dad’s being involved in kids lives make those lives so much better, it’s that if the kids have better lives the dads are more likely to be involved. Not the best done study of the year. But an interesting result that confronts some conservative arguments…

    Daniel Hawkins, Raul Amato, and Valarie King, “Nonresident Father Involvement and Adolescent Well-Being”, ASR, 72:990-1010.

    In the end, though, I probably support Jeremy’s vote… It’s just that I worry that people will get it wrong and decide not to hang out with me anymore!


  2. Because I’m at IU I’m tempted to agree with alairmac on the Hamilton, Cheng, and Powell piece. But, I think Jeremy’s right.
    Anything on a 10-best list should not only be good-quality, but also interesting and influential. The Christakis piece has made such a splash–not only in the academic world but also in the “real world.” It has its issues and people have certainly skewed the findings to fit a sound-bite, but I love that it is sort of outside of the box thinking. Plus, there are pictures!


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