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 and Gender
- The Nation revisits the “Wages for Housework” movement in light of contemporary feminist struggles.
- “The internet does not hate women. The internet doesn’t hate anyone, because the internet, being an inanimate network, lacks the capacity to hold any opinion whatsoever. People hate women, and the internet allows them to do it faster, harder, and with impunity.” Laurie Penny at Longreads.
- The WSJ provides a wonderful graphic overview of what has – and hasn’t – changed in the financial sector since the 2008 crisis.
- A new study suggests that stable work hour may be good for profits, not just for workers’ well-being. NYT coverage here.
Science, Knowledge, and Technology
- Ezra Klein draws on the work of Ibram X. Kendi to situate the current debate over Race-IQ links in the long lineage of racism and racist ideas in the US.
- “Alexa glitching annoys us, it spoils the aura of her as our own digital Jeannie, with us as her benevolent master.” Nathan Ferguson writes at Cyborgology about gender, intimacy, and AI assistants.
- “The problem is not that historians don’t produce policy-relevant research but that their work tends to cast a critical light on the current political order, and policy makers therefore often willfully ignore it.” Priya Satia at The Chronicle.