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.
Economic Sociology & Organizations
- Antitrust is having a moment. The WCEG has a new series of papers on the topic.
- Elizabeth Popp Berman has some theories about why antitrust is having a moment.
- Uber as regulatory arbitrage, and the real human costs associated.
- Heterodox economist William Lazonick on how the quest for “shareholder value” kills innovation.
- Michael Lewis on the Presidential transition and the Department of Energy. An incredible, terrifying story, and one that would be amazing for teaching organizations classes.
- Undergraduate workers are unionizing!
Religion and Politics
- Christians, especially white evangelical Republicans, are most likely to blame a person for their poverty.
- America as a whole is moving away from an ethnoreligious identity, but not Trump supporters.
Race, Physical Space, and Virtual Space
- Historian Heather Ann Thompson on how the New Detroit is making some of the mistakes as the Old Detroit.
- Lauren Michele Jackson in Teen Vogue on digital blackface and the culture of reaction gifs.
- Vox covers a controversial proposal to lower the threshold for significant results from p<.05 to p<.005.
- The NYT offers a very useful explainer on the opioid crisis.
- scatterplot’s own Andy Perrin explains why postmodern thought is not the source of claims about “alternative facts,” but can help us make sense of why such claims have taken root.
- A soothing gif with advice about improving your tables (source).