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.
Sex, Gender, and Sexism
- Sexual harassment trainings are largely ineffective, but other practices – like bystander training and promoting women – might make a bigger difference.
- Women didn’t avoid tech in the mid-20th century, they were forced out and replaced with less qualified men.
- Sexual harassment is about men’s dominance of workplaces and the public sphere, not (just) sex.
- The Chronicle interviews Karen Kelsky on her survey of sexual harassment in academia, which yielded 1,600 reports.
- Kristian Lum details her experiences with sexism and sexual harassment in the statistics/quant methods world.
- 538 explores the class/occupation dynamics of sexual harassment.
Race and Racism
- Tressie MC on why we should Trust Black Women (and the weirdness of the post-Alabama Senate election discourse on race).
- The media portrays Black families as poor & dysfunctional, White families as supportive.
- “In many cases, school district lines are the more potent Confederate monuments that we still need to take down.” On charter schools and segregation.
- “Google the phrase “Most racist city,” and Boston pops up more than any other place, time and time again.” The start of The Boston Globe’s special feature on racism in Boston.
- “In marking Calhoun’s political philosophy as the crucial antecedent of public choice theory, Tabarrok and Cowen unwittingly confirmed what critics have long maintained: libertarianism is a political philosophy shot through with white supremacy. Public choice theory, a technical language nominally about human behavior and incentives, helps ensure that blacks remain shackled.”
- Failed attempts to pass gun control legislation in the wake of mass shootings unintentionally led more Americans to purchase guns (fearing the passing of restrictive legislation) which in turn led to more gun deaths.
- Teen pot use is down in Colorado post-legalization.
- Thoughtful take on the winners and losers from Jones’ Senate win in Alabama.
Big Data, Big Problems
- Wired goes in-depth on China’s new social credit policies. A fantastic read to accompany Fourcade and Healy’s work, or your favorite Black Mirror episode.
- AI is now so complex its creators can’t trust why it makes decisions.
- The rise of Dollar General is a window into the struggles of poor and working class Americans.
- Do you read JStor Daily? Here’s an example of why you might want to: “Super Mario, Homer’s Odyssey, and the Meaning of Marriage.”