sunday morning sociology, opinions on shape of earth edition

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Vis 538, as part of their feature on “identity politics” (whatever that means) and specifically comparing the priorities of Presidents Obama and Trump.  

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.

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sunday morning sociology, anscombe’s dinosaur edition

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“Same Stats, Different Graphs” – a method for generating radically different datasets with similar summary statistics, and thus a strong argument for visualization as a key step in data analysis.

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.

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blame it on pomo

Postmodernism is the first intellectual movement to acknowledge its own historical partiality. From that spring many of its faults and virtues, not to mention its caricatures. Because for a movement in some ways so arrogant — so insistent on its own epistemic correctness — to insist as well that it was always already partial evokes the kind of unease that many pundits (and social and natural scientists) feel when discussing postmodernism. Unfortunately, it also evokes the caricatures (not to say reaction-formations) that are common among those same pundits and scholars. Continue reading “blame it on pomo”