speaking of snobbery

You try to keep the faith. You want to be fair. You certainly do not want to prejudge people based on where they are employed. The author/speaker is doing something with a title that seems maybe obliquely relevant to your interests, and just because they are based at a college you’ve never heard of–even though, by this point, you are a little surprised that there remain colleges you’ve never heard of–is no grounds just to presume it won’t be any good. And yet then, again and again: whoa! Holy bother is there some crazy botherbother going on in the hinterschools of social science! What the botherbotherbother is the impression of sociology that students get from these people?

I know, sounds bad. I will continue to keep the faith. And one does see good work, don’t get me wrong. Still, though. Holy botherbothering botherbother.

Author: jeremy

I am the Ethel and John Lindgren Professor of Sociology and a Faculty Fellow in the Institute for Policy Research at Northwestern University.

9 thoughts on “speaking of snobbery”

  1. Sorry to hear it! I hate disappointments of this sort.

    My version: The school you’ve never heard of except for this one scholar who keeps “contributing” to a mailing list you’re on. You don’t like the contributions, but the scholar gets invited to your school so you think: hmm.. maybe there’s something there that I’ve missed through those emails. You go to the talk. And.. same result as above. (Perhaps I should note that this was not in social science, just to protect the innocent.)

    So my question is this: how do people like that get invited for talks?

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  2. Someone unhappy with something I said on Scatterplot sent a long e-mail that included referring to me by the epithet ‘scurvy butt.’ The person may well be right: to my knowledge, I’ve never had any vitamin C injected into my posterior.

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