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.
Race and Racism
- The Atlantic on Trump’s clash-of-civilizations white supremacy.
- How white violence destroyed black wealth in 1920s Tulsa.
- School secession fosters racial and economic segregation (a great example of interactive reporting on an important sociological issue).
- “The douchebag is, quite literally, a useless sexist tool.” From a 2014 essay that’s re-circulating on “douchebag” as white male slur.
Sex, Gender, and Sexism
- The founders of #WomenAlsoKnowStuff offer suggestions for reducing gender bias in curricula, panels, and media engagement.
- 1 in 4 Americans think it’s inappropriate to have a work meeting alone with a member of the opposite sex.
- How misogynist trolls weaponized “free speech” arguments.
- How men need to change tech culture.
Sociology of Data and Algorithms
- A handy guide for calling BS on Big Data.
- Unilever is experimenting with algorithmic hiring to increase the diversity of its employees.
- TV networks game Nielsen Ratings through creative spelling.
- The Census claimed it had no mandate to collect data on LGBT individuals, HUD apparently disagreed.
- Yes, Medicaid is good for your health. The Incidental Economist reviews the literature.
- Sociological underpinnings of the rapper Prodigy’s ‘hood.
- A first-person account of developing Oregon Trail.
- We don’t we describe the University of Michigan as a “government college?” And other related questions about the shifting boundaries between “public” and “government.”
- Sociological parenting advice? “If the David Brookses of the world were honest, their parenting advice would begin: Have a healthy kid, live in an affluent area (with low crime and good schools), be from a socially privileged demographic, and make a decent amount of money. From there on, it’s pretty much coasting.”