sunday morning sociology, debate edition


One of these things is just like the other. As covered by

A weekly link round-up of sociological work – work by sociologists, referencing sociologists, or just of interest to sociologists. This week’s links include multiple sources covering the Case-Deaton mortality debate, and the LGBTQ Census question decision.

Good Reporting on Null Findings

Racism and Politics

Murray and Herrnstein’s book, The Bell Curve, was published in 1994, generating immediate controversy for its arguments that IQ was heritable, to a significant degree, and unchangeable to that extent; that it was correlated to both race and to negative social behaviors; and that social policy should take those correlations into account. Stuffed full of charts and equations, the book was, according to Murray, “social science pornography.”

With that description, he had intended to underscore that the book was teeming with data and regression tables. But given that most pornography is an expression of the fantasy life of white men, it was more on the nose than Murray knew.

Diverse Diversities

What I have not yet seen in these electoral postmortems seeking to diagnose how working-class white people in the United States seemingly voted against their own economic interests leading to the election of Donald J. Trump is: 1) an acknowledgment by higher education scholars that it was as much the vote of college-educated, middle-class white men and women that informed this presidential election’s outcomes (see here), and 2) that reality is a result of the decision of historically white colleges and universities to engage a politics of appeasement instead of a true liberal education.

The Geography of Inequality

Policy Failures

Conspiratorial Insights

What’s Up With White People Dying So Much?

What’s Up With the Census Not Asking About LGBT Orientation?

Various and Sundry

That afternoon, her mind was on forms, checks and her to-do list. But she knew that her little group of grandmothers, retirees and book club friends was swimming against a global surge of skepticism, even hatred, toward immigrants and refugees. The president of the superpower to the south was moving to block Syrians and cut back its refugee program.

See you all next week!

Author: Dan Hirschman

I am a sociologist interested in the use of numbers in organizations, markets, and policy. For more info, see here.

One thought on “sunday morning sociology, debate edition”

  1. Hey . . . I followed the links, and . . . that map was made using Mister P! I’m so happy. Not about the partisan correlation of views on global warming—that makes me sad—but I’m happy that Mister P is becoming such a widely used tool. Actually, I’m much more sad to be reminded about the global warming thing than I am happy about the Mister P thing. So on net this post made me sadder than I was before.


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