Time for another Sunday Morning Sociology! This is a weekly link round-up of sociological work – by sociologists, referencing sociologists, or just of interest to sociologists.
Race, Racism, and the Legacies of Slavery
- Sociologist Tanya Golash-Boza writes about the whiteness of Hollywood and the Oscars, the efficacy of the #OscarsSoWhite campaign, and continued representational inequality.
- “What’s Killing America’s Black Infants?” Racism.
- Economic Historian Nathan Nunn: had the slave trades not occurred, Africa would not be the most underdeveloped region of the world.
Making Sense of the Present Political Moment
- Political scientists categorize 20 Trump administration actions as important (or not) and abnormal (or not). The answers will probably not surprise you.
- Populism is more a rhetorical style than a thick ideology.
- A reminder for the March for Science: “Science has always been political.”
Sexual Harassment and Organizational Responses
- “It’s not just Uber.” Systematic abuse of workers is endemic due to employers’ powers as “Private Governments”.
- Extensive, systematic sexual harassment at Jared and Key Jewelers. Another depressing empirical example to teach alongside sociology of law and organizations.
- “The U.S. Department of Defense is investigating hundreds of Marines who used social media to solicit and share hundreds — possibly thousands — of naked photographs of women service members and veterans.” Everything about this is awful. See also “locker room talk”, #masculinitysofragile.
Speaking of #masculinitysofragile
- Sociologist Michael Kimmel on “angry white men” and the rise of hate groups.
- Family demography meets the China Shock: “When Factory Jobs Vanish, Men Become Less Desirable Partners.”
The Value of Higher Education
- Economists debate a new working paper arguing that online education has close to no payoff for students.
- “In Praise of Credentialism.” Economist John Quiggin argues that increased public higher ed is a necessary but not sufficient condition for more equitable growth.
- It’s a great time to write literary fiction – in part because pulpy bestsellers subsidize the rest. Featuring work by sociologist Clayton Childress.
- “What Cities Looked Like Before the EPA.” A visual tour of a stunning regulatory success story.
See you all next Sunday!