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 feature several discussions of recent “free speech controversies”, including those targeting scholars (some of which might better be characterized as hate speech controversies, or racist assaults on free speech controversies).
Free Speech, Hate Speech, and the Politics of Race and Gender
- White supremacists target faculty for things they said, things they thought they said.
- “You might think that, ‘Maybe people who defend this racist speech are just big fans of free speech, that they’re principled supporters of freedom,’ Crandall said. ‘Well, no.’”
- On white fragility and the bullying of scholars of color who criticize white supremacy.
- Sociologist Laura Beth Nielsen asks why we ban panhandling and protests at soldiers’ funerals, but not catcalls and racist marches.
- Larry Bartels suggests that the “wave” rhetoric around right-wing populism in Europe is very misleading.
- In the US, there are basically no economic conservatives who are social liberals. And a lot more on changes in voting patterns from 2012 to 2016.
- Typos are like the brown M&Ms of the presidency, and this administration is full of them.
- An interview with Nancy MacLean on her new book on James Buchanan and the intellectual history of the American right’s quest to suppress democracy.
Inequality, Poverty, and Mobility
- Sociologist Joan Maya Mazelis on poverty is caused by a state of mind – specifically, rich people’s state of mind.
- Sociologists Sasha Killewald and Ian Lundberg on how men’s marriage premium is all selection, not treatment.
Crime, Law, and Deviance
- “Uber’s most distinctive capabilities focused on defending its illegality.”
- Stanford Open Policing project releases dataset of millions of traffic stop records, along with preliminary findings.
- On the climate denial campaigns of the world’s biggest PR firm.
- Will the liberal arts enable Silicon Valley or provide a check on its excesses?
- Despite what post-apocalyptic fiction suggests, people tend to respond to disasters by embracing community not individualism.