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.
- American identity is based on historical fiction, the kind taught in grade schools, the kind that says, “What if everything was fine?”
- Sociologist Isaac Reed on legitimacy crises and elite interpretation. It’s about the Whiskey Rebellion but also about 2017. It ends on an interesting provocation: “sociologically speaking, it might well be time for the rich lawyers, those greasers of the cogs of our great governmental machine, to save the republic.”
Race and Racism
- Despite stereotypes of affluence, Asian Americans have the highest poverty rate in NYC.
- “The myth of personal responsibility is built on the erasure of America’s original sin.” American University sociologist Jordanna Matlon’s take on recent incidents of racism on campus and the need to decolonize the curriculum.
- Congress made itself exempt from employment discrimination law, so it’s not really that surprising that it’s sometimes referred to as “The Last Plantation.”
Science, Knowledge, and Technology
- More robots, more problems (but maybe fewer jobs).
- Data science, Brexit, and what hacking an election looks like these days.
- Anti-vaxxers targeted Somali immigrants. Now Minnesota is having a Measles outbreak.
Sex and Gender
- Inequality of lifetime income grew within gender, but not overall.
- Marketing menstruation to sell The Pill.
- News coverage about sexual assault has changed since 2014 to emphasize broad trends, not just specific episodes.
- “Censorship is denial of attention. Anything that keeps the people who could be affected by a message from paying attention to it is effective as censorship.” Legal scholar James Grimmelmann reviews sociologist Zeynep Tufekci’s new book Twitter and Tear Gas.
- The relatively unknown history of SNCC’s research department and how they chronicled local and state power structures.
Sociology of Higher Ed
- “So now Yale, having lost in both the court of law and in elections, is trying to delay until a powerful ally steps in to save it: Donald Trump.” On the Yale grad student union campaign.
- The same people that brought you the Professor Watchlist are apparently funneling money to conservative student government candidates (often in violation of university rules on campaign spending).
- Economist Brad DeLong: “It was not until the post-2008 Great Recession that blue-collar jobs began to be lost more than churned.”
- Have song lyrics gotten more repetitive? Maybe yes, with stunning visualizations and clever compression algorithm analytics to prove it.
- Helpful advice for learning to code.