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.
- Partisanship is a helluva drug, perceptions of the economy in 2017 edition.
- On the current politics of unions: “Forthcoming research by Alexander Hertel-Fernandez of Columbia University suggests that limits on collective bargaining, which are mainly aimed at public-sector unions, made government workers in Indiana and Wisconsin less likely to take part in political campaigns, or to vote.”
Big Data, Big Problems
- dana boyd on the ethics of data science.
- Algorithms, bureaucracy, and the rise of “rule by nobody.”
- The (techno)politics of calling software “AI.”
Experts and Politics
- Consultants and bankers are the new think tanks.
- How economists’ influence is conditional on their unanimity, and why post-Great Recession stimulus was followed by austerity.
Organizations, Occupations, and Work
- On why employers should ban salary history questions to promote gender equality.
- Job interviews are terrible at predicting performance (though they’re great for screening by race and class).
- Are robots coming for all of our jobs? 9% of our jobs? 57%? Who knows!
- “Theoretically this is the marketplace rationalizing itself, but in the interim how do people survive?” On the impending death of retail. Jamelle Bouie notes that, unlike coal miners, retail workers are mostly women, and disproportionately non-white.
- More Case and Deaton, this time on the declining returns to experience as another possible cause of white working class despair.
Sex and Gender
Higher and Lower Ed
- Sara Goldrick-Rab on the bad idea of requiring New Yorkers to stay in state to reap benefits of college education.
- Tressie MC responds to her critics with an incredibly insightful series of posts about the writing of her book, including this one on the “So What?” question.