A weekly link round-up of sociological work – work by sociologists, referencing sociologists, or just of interest to sociologists. This scatterplot feature is co-produced with Mike Bader.
It’s grad recruitment season for many sociology PHD programs. If you need a discussion topic to fill in those awkward silences, follow the links below!
Sex and Gender
- “When Harry Fires Sally”: study shows that misconduct leads to higher punishments for women.
- Why Silicon Valley is so awful for women (and why some efforts to fix that, like unconscious bias training, may backfire).
- Sociologist Jamie Small on why students don’t believe that high-status men could be rapists.
- On the relatively recent invention of heterosexuality.
Experts and Politics
- They like us, they really like us! The NYT on why people should listen more to sociologists.
- Political scientist Jamila Michener discusses five books about policymaking. A great overview/introduction.
- What do economists know and how certain are they that they know it?
- Nudges can backfire.
The Politics of Experts
- When did Science(!) become “apolitical”? Surprisingly, the answer seems to be “during the Cold War.”
- Did you know Du Bois was arrested on his 83rd birthday for being “un-American”? The story is fascinating, depressing, and touching all at once. I would have loved to know what Einstein’s testimony would have been.
Everything You Wanted to Know About the AHCA but Were Seriously Terrified to Ask
- A primer on the underlying logic of health insurance.
- What is the CBO anyway? And does it matter?
- Visualizing the CBO estimates for the AHCA. Kieran Healy does some R magic, and provides the spellbook so you can replicate his magic for yourself. One part political commentary, two parts visualization and data analysis tutorial.
On Race and Racism
- On “white socialism” in the US and how race shapes the healthcare debate. In Forbes. Seriously, read this piece, it’s great.
- “Stop Beating Black Children” on corporal punishment and the legacies of slavery.
- A visual history of convict leasing in post-Reconstruction coal country.
- On childhood, play, narrative structure, and My Neighbor Totoro. A seriously delightful read about a seriously delightful movie.
- What happens when grad students unionize? Research is thin, but the evidence suggests that unions actually strengthen the relationship between students and their mentors.
See you all next Sunday!