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.
This week’s links include everything from sexist interruptions at the Supreme Court to the politics of biological sex differences.
- ProPublica finds that auto insurers charge more in minority neighborhoods, net controls.
- “It’s not a religious issue, it’s a zoning issue.” Zoning laws are targeting Mosques across the country.
- “She believed this manager, because when he was making the threat he was wearing the red hat—the ‘Make America Great Again’ hat—and to her mind that meant, ‘This is a person who really hates me,’” As fears of deportation rise, landlords find immigrants easier to exploit.
- How much does segregation cost a city? And will quantifying this convince anyone to fix the problem?
- How Harvard ruined American business.
- Is corporate concentration causing inequality?
- ProMarket economists remember that “pro-market” is not the same as “pro-business,” and that the US may need more anti-trust enforcement.
Organizations, Occupations, and Work
Political Sociology with Fancy Methods
- If you subtract politics out of Trump’s reddit supporters, you’re left with racism, sexism, and body-shaming.
- Democrats and Republicans buy different science books – but everyone loves dinosaurs.
Race, Class, and Gender
- From #OscarsSoWhite to #BlackLivesMatter, Blackness is integral to Twitter, but rarely given appropriate recognition.
- “Unarmed. Not wearing a seatbelt. Running away. Police are more likely to shoot if you’re black.” Data visualization at its most powerful.
- Missing White women really do get more media coverage.
Gender and Sexism Special Section
- Financial advisors who screw up can get a second chance – if they’re men.
- “Do U.S. women choose low-paid occupations, or do low-paid occupations choose them?”
- Of course, RBG gets interrupted more than her male colleagues on the Court. More detailed write-up here.
- Could Silicon Valley fix online harassment? How much do they really care?
- Cordelia Fine and Rebecca Jordan-Young explain that critiquing bad biological sex differences research is about making biology better, not denying its existence.
- How defunding the EPA would ruin the Great Lakes and the Chesapeake Bay.
- Dan Drezner on the death of public intellectuals and the rise of thought leaders. Drezner argues that we have a dearth of exit from the marketplace of ideas, as discredited solutions fail to leave the field.