sunday morning sociology, nye edition

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According to a NYT survey and story, about a third of men admit to engaging in some form of gendered harassment at work in the past year, from sexist jokes to unwanted sexual attention.

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.

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guest post: what the public thinks about denial of service to same-sex couples

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The following is a guest post by Landon Schnabel.

The Supreme Court is hearing a case—Masterpiece Cakeshop, Ltd. v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—about whether a business can refuse service to a gay couple for religious reasons. But is this case really about religious liberty, or is it about something else?

In a national survey experiment with Brian Powell and Lauren Apgar, we asked Americans what they thought about denial of services. What they said surprised us.

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sunday morning sociology, gender in economics edition

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Economics has a gender problem. Women are underrepresented, face a “Glass Ceiling” (higher barriers to tenure) and, unsurprisingly, are less satisfied than their men colleagues.

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.

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does non-falsifiable imply not true?

This post is a longer-form discussion following this Twitter thread. The thread began with Steve Vaisey expressing interest in how gender scholars would respond to this article, which apparently shows that women in more-gender-egalitarian societies have personality profiles more different from men than do women in less-gender-egalitarian societies. It then presents evolutionary psychology as one way that people might interpret that finding, implying that gender-based personality differences might be “natural,” not socially constructed, since they are more different when society “gets in the way” less, i.e., when society is freer.

I have still not read the article, but only the abstract, so my comments are about the discussion that followed, not about the quality or interpretation within the study.

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sunday morning sociology, world inequality edition

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Increasing inequality is not an inevitable; it’s a political choice. From the new World Income Report, summarized in this op-ed in the Guardian

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.

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intro to sociology syllabus project

I’m retooling my introduction to sociology syllabus for the spring. Unfortunately, there are almost no syllabuses left on the open web to use for inspiration. Blackboard and the like have walled off most of our teaching materials from Google. ASA’s teaching resources site never really took off and sections no longer produce bound volumes with exemplar syllabuses and activities. Combined, this means that college instructors designing courses now have fewer resources than we did a decade ago. This is rather amazing, especially compared with the rise in our access to scholarship and data.

Anyway, I thought I would put up this post as a spot to share syllabuses for introduction to sociology courses.* If you send me your syllabus, I will post it in the table below. I’m seeding the repository with my syllabus from the fall.

Join the fun. Send me your syllabus.

Instructor Text Reader Document
Neal Caren (UNC-CH) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Anya Galli Robertson (Maryland) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Nathan Palmer (Georgia Southern) Sociology Project 2.5 None Syllabus
Dan Morrison (Vanderbilt) Sociology Project None Syllabus
Greg Scott (Depaul) Sociology Project Everyday Sociology Syllabus
Jessica Calarco (Indiana) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
C.J. Pascoe (Oregon) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Assignments
Tina Fetner (McMaster) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Assignments
Stephanie Medley-Rath (IUK) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Jason Orne (Drexel) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Tania Jenkins (Temple) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
(Health focus)
Jess Hardie (Hunter) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Chris Chambers (Northeastern) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Vivian Varela (Mendocino) You May Ask Yourself None Syllabus
Craig Rawlings (Northwestern) You May Ask Yourself Down to Earth Sociology Syllabus
Melissa Pirkey (Emory) None Down to Earth Sociology Syllabus
Kathy Liddle (Toronto) Exploring Sociology None Syllabus
Stephanie Medley-Rath (IUK) Sociology: A Brief Introduction None Syllabus
Michael Buhl (Collin College) Essentials of Sociology None Syllabus
Assignments
Kathleen Lowney (Valdosta State) The Real World None Syllabus
Brenden Beck (Hunter) American Society None Syllabus
Syed Ali (LIU Brooklyn) None Contexts Reader Syllabus
Exams
jimi adams (American) None None Syllabus
Lane Kenworthy (UCSD) None None Syllabus
Andy Perrin (UNC-CH) None None Syllabus
Terrence McDonnell (Notre Dame) None None Syllabus

* If this works, I’ll try it with other courses.