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.
Political Sociology of Race and Gender
- Pam Oliver analyzes the tactical dilemmas faced by those protesting against white nationalists.
- The NYT Upshot talks with scholars, including Tina Fetner and Sarah Sobieraj, about the relationship between social movements, social norms, and fringe political beliefs.
- On the politics of language,”English Only,” and “Despacito” the new most popular youtube video.
- Wanda Rushing on women’s activism in the South and the role of place in our understanding of intersectionality.
- The NY Post discusses Rachel Sherman’s new book on how elite New Yorkers “do impressive mental gymnastics to avoid identifying themselves as truly rich.”
- Wired examines Daemo, a new, more worker-friendly competitor to Mechanical Turk.
- 538 traces a fake poll from a fake polling firm purporting to show Kid Rock leading in the Michigan Senate race, possibly designed to manipulate prediction markets.
- The Boston Review on corporate personhood and the politics of big business.
- Vox argues that the two big problems facing the US economy are inequality and market concentration.
Science, Knowledge, and Technology
- What reproducibility looks like in practice, worm longevity edition (great for teaching STS!).
- Exxon’s climate denial advertisements conflicts with the company’s own research.
- Men scientists tend to reject the evidence showing sexism in science.
Race and Ethnicity
- On racism in very blue Portland, Oregon.
- ProPublica on how big tech firms like PayPal enable white supremacists.
- Collective memory and the Reconstruction South.
Sex and Gender
- Ellen Pao on sexism and silicon valley.
- HHS is cutting funds for teen pregnancy research – including ending grants 2 years early.