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.
Race & Racism at Starbucks
- Jamelle Bouie draws on Elijah Anderson’s theory of “White Spaces” to make sense of the recent Starbucks arrests.
- Slate hosts a conversation about being Black in White Spaces including Jamelle Bouie, Tressie MC, Gene Demby, and Aisha Harris.
- Starbucks is shutting down 8,000 stores to conduct an “anti-bias training.” As Vox reports, social scientists are skeptical of the impacts of these trainings, and worry that they may even backfire.
Race and Racism Beyond Starbucks
- “hotel employees were significantly more likely to respond to inquiries from people who had typically white names than from those who had typically black and Asian names.”
- For decades, the FBI has refused to go after the White Power movement by not attempting “to tie individual crimes to a broader movement”, creating a misleading perception in the public of a series of isolated individual terrorists.
- Daniel Geary writes in the Washington Post about Enoch Powell and the recent history of transatlantic white nationalism.
- A crowdsourced database of parental leave policies at different universities.
- Harvard grad students voted 1,931-1,523 to unionize under the UAW.
Gun Violence and Trauma
- The NIH has just awarded a large team of researchers $5 million to study gun violence – its largest award for research on guns in decades.
- Sarah Allison writes about surviving the Columbine shooting, and grappling with trauma through Harry Potter.
- Catherine Rampell analyzes why the GOP is stuck in the 1980s, and makes a strong case for the value of social scientific research.
- Democrats’ gentrification problem.
Demography and Development