several short sentences about numbers

There’s a new issue of Contemporary Sociology out! In it you’ll find, among other things, a review essay by Elizabeth Popp Berman and myself about quantification. We look at eight recent books about numbers ranging from the “Quantified Self” movement to socially-responsible investing to CBO scoring in order to ask: the sociology of quantification, is it a thing? Our answer: kinda. Here’s a snippet:

Indeed, the very concept of quantification splinters into fragments as one approaches. Are algorithms quantification? Big data? Biosensors? And what are the differences between quantification, classification, and commensuration? While there are commonalities across all of these topics, and across the eight books we read, the sociology of quantification is still very far from having general claims or a common theoretical language. The closest it comes, probably, is the universal reference to Ted Porter’s groundbreaking Trust in Numbers (1995).

For more, check out the piece here! Or, for an ungated version, check out the preprint at SocArXiv!

sunday morning sociology, starbucks edition

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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.

This week we have a short round-up of pieces related to the arrest of two Black men at a Philadelphia Starbucks for the crime of being at Starbucks.

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sunday morning sociology, recruitment inequality edition

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Ozan Jaquette and Karina Salazar write in the NYT about their research on how public universities target whiter, wealthy schools for recruitment.

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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sunday morning sociology, wealth & education edition

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Leonhardt at the NYT discusses Fabian Pfeffer’s new work on college graduation gaps by wealth.

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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