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.
Criminology and Inequality
- Jessica Gillooly draws on her experience as a 911 calltaker to offer suggestions for reforming the process to help reduce police harassment of people of color.
- “The selective enforcement of minor ordinances, as many critics note, performs the same work today that segregation laws did in the past. But it would be inaccurate to call this a new form of Jim Crow. What it is, rather, is a form of Jim Crow that whites in the North have been developing since the early 1900s.”
- The NYT covers Bruce Western’s new research on prisoner re-entry, including the shocking finding that, as children, 42% of reentering prisoners witnessed someone get killed.
- “increased pressure from large corporate buyers decreases wages among their suppliers’ workers.” Nate Wilmers reports on his recently published research on the relationship between corporate market power and wage inequality.
- Tim Bartley argues that Polanyi was right to view land and labor as special sorts of commodities, but that we need to go beyond that claim to compare the workings of contemporary transnational markets for land and labor.
- Why are old people so conservative? Because poor people die younger.
- Cassia Roth draws on Joan Scott’s newest work to trouble the links between liberalism, secularism, and the history of abortion rights.
- Samuel Kye argues that most whites do not seek integrated neighborhoods, despite common conceptions, and that white flight is not just a proxy for middle-class whites’ desire to for avoiding poverty.
- Jess Calarco on the Marshmallow Test: “the capacity to hold out for a second marshmallow is shaped in large part by a child’s social and economic background—and, in turn, that that background, not the ability to delay gratification, is what’s behind kids’ long-term success.”