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, we mourn all sorts of things, not the least of which is US leadership (or at least, followership) on combating global climate change. Please post your favorite discussions of the events, especially by social scientists, in the comments.
Gender and Sexuality
- On how evangelical women end up at Planned Parenthood. Really fascinating intersections of class, gender, and religion.
- On gender bias in political science publishing, and the politics of method.
- The gendered violence of passive voice. (From 2012, but still relevant.)
- No same-sex marriage, no same-flavor ice cream. Ben & Jerry’s unusual and catchy protest in Australia.
- “male students with a 3.00 G.P.A. were evaluated as equally smart as female students with a 3.75 G.P.A.”
- Of Vikings and hate crimes: “In fact, the whole notion of a pure white medieval Europe, so important to white supremacists today, is false.”
- The hidden logic of Clarence Thomas’ rulings on race: “Thomas believes that the state should be race-neutral not because he has any illusions that racism has ended in the United States, but because he believes that color-blindness is the best that African-Americans can reasonably expect from the state.”
- College towns may be liberal bastions, but they have some of the worst racial inequality in educational outcomes.
- Harvard GSE profiles sociologist Tony Jack on the intersections of poverty and privileged preparation at elite schools.
- Sociologists Amanda Lewis and Kasey Hendricks on the paradoxes facing the black middle class.
- Princeton has dramatically increased enrollments of first-gen and low income students; will the rest of the elite schools follow?
- Sociologist Tanya Golash-Boza summarizes the history of mass incarceration, and why we should be worried that the Attorney General wants to increase prison sentences.
- On the tragic history of broken windows policing.
- Of dashcams, Uber, and workplace disputes in the platform economy.
- Labor should strike–even if it’s illegal–to gain power.
The Micro and Macro Politics of Knowledge
- A fight over “ands” at the World Bank.
- “the best networking is radically sincere, deep, and generous”.
- The war against IRBs gets some (unfavorable?) press.
- Intellectual historian Jeremy Adelman on Karl Polanyi’s life and legacy.
- The demographics of protest in 2017.
- National polls in 2016 weighted by education were basically right. State polls fared worse, especially when not using education weights nor correcting for partisan nonresponse.
- A trust deficit lingers in Flint.