Happy Social Construction of Time Day! Every day is social construction of time day – but today more so than most. This post is a weekly link round-up of sociological work – by sociologists, referencing sociologists, or just of interest to sociologists. Before you go any further, make sure you check out Tressie MC’s appearance on the Daily Show and the coverage of her book in the New York Times! Ok, you did? On to the links!
This week was especially rich for sociologically relevant work, and so I’ll be posting an extra bonus round of links in the comments. Thanks especially to Mike Bader for sending along a selection of great pieces. If you have an idea for something that would fit nicely in this space, send me an email or leave a comment!
The Basics on Universal Basic Incomes
- Vox covers a massive UBI experiment in Kenya.
- “Utopian thinking: the easy way to eradicate poverty” in The Guardian. On the history of UBI debates and experiments.
- How the the myth of a “marketplace of ideas” leads our intuition about campus protests astray.
- “Confronting Academia’s Ties to Slavery.”
- The NYT profiles Hillsdale College, a safe space for conservatives.
- “The Problem with Facts” in the FT, on political psychology and history of science approaches to disinformation, fact-checking, and the like.
- “Study: half of the studies you read about in the news are wrong.”
- “How the tyranny of prestige disadvantages women” featuring work by sociologists Kim Weeden, Dafna Gelbgiser, and Sarah Thebaud.
Algorithms and the New Discrimination
- “Twitter’s New Order” – a case study in what Zeynep Tufekci calls “engineering the public.”
- “Google’s Dangerous Identity Crisis” – on how Google snippets became a massive purveyor of misinformation.
- How to understand – and fight – discrimination on platforms like AirBNB.
- “When Algorithms Don’t Account for Civil Rights”, or how hard it is to deal with a problem like Facebook ad targeting when your only functioning tool is anti-discrimination law.
The Political Economy of Business
- “Post-Corporate: the Disappearing Corporation in the New Economy” – Jerry Davis summarizes his work on the decline of publicly-traded firms.
- “Handing Out Tax Breaks to Businesses Is Worse Than Useless.” States spend $45bn on tax incentives; they don’t work.
- “Conscious consumerism is a lie.” Individual economic action can’t save the environment, collective political action might.
- For states and cities, gambling on gambling might be a loser’s game.
Sex, Gender, and Feminism(s)
- “My feminism will be capitalist, appropriative and bullshit merchandise” on the origins and misuse of a brilliant phrase.
- Judge Noël Wise: The law must recognize that biological sex isn’t a binary.
- How can costumers simultaneously portray a woman as physically threatening and a sexual object? SF author Sarah Gailey analyzes “how the badass black tank top walks the line.”
- The inspiring history of how Liberia elected the first woman president in Africa. Some of the electoral strategies deployed were both brilliant and hilarious. Seriously, read it.
Race, Ethnicity, and Immigration
- “The Black Freedom Struggle, Healthcare Activism, and the Affordable Care Act.”
- Immigrant doctors from countries targeted by Trump work across America, but they are especially concentrated in places that voted for Trump.
- “The Making of a Mexican-American Dream.” This piece beautifully interweaves history and sociology of migration with one second generation Mexican American’s journey back to Mexico.
- “The Confederacy was a con job on whites. And still is.”
This Week in Hate – and Resistance
- danah boyd on finding empathy for your “enemy.”
- White supremacists are upping their recruiting at college campuses.
- “What to teach kids beyond ‘resist’ and ‘persist’ in the midst of so much hate.”
The Business of Education
- “These For-Profit Schools Are ‘Like a Prison’”
- Yes, money matters for educational outcomes (but it’s complicated).
- World’s richest doctor gives $12 million to University of Utah; Utah then pays his company $10 million for services.
See you all next Sunday!