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.
- Historian Emily Merchant discusses the current politics of race, democracy, and the Census, drawing on the examples of contention censuses in mid-20th century Ecuador and Nigeria.
- Political scientists Heidi Hart and Amy Erica Smith analyzed international relations syllabi to show the extent of women’s underrepresentation.
- Jess Calarco writes in The Atlantic about the raced and classed dimensions of the “free-range parenting” movement.
- Omar Lizardo, Michael Strand et al have a new blog about the intersection of sociology and cognitive science.
- We have a harder time recognizing some letters now that we do less writing by hand.
- The Connecticut legislature is threatening to force UConn to become an “entrepreneurial university”, including a requirement that 4 board members, and all future presidents, have “experience in entrepreneurship” and that two board members be under 40 years old.
- “Sick consumers make for good press… They make for good testimony before Congress. They can be very powerful spokespeople for pharmaceutical companies.” Kaiser Health News has compiled a database showing how Pharma funds patient advocacy groups.
- “In short, there is a difference between finding genetic differences between individuals and constructing genetic differences across groups by making conscious choices about which types of group matter for your purposes.” 67 Scientists, including many sociologists, respond to a recent NYT op-ed about the genetics of race.