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.
Whiteness and White Supremacy
- Stephen Kantrowitz reviews three new books on White Supremacy movements in the United States.
- “It occurred to me that white people rarely if ever experience questions like this, about their very legitimacy. Do they belong? Is having more of them around good for America? … As you’ve likely predicted, a lot of white people flipped out.”
- “This “good/bad binary,” positing a world of evil racists and compassionate non-racists, is itself a racist construct, eliding systemic injustice and imbuing racism with such shattering moral meaning that white people, especially progressives, cannot bear to face their collusion in it. (Pause on that, white reader. You may have subconsciously developed your strong negative feelings about racism in order to escape having to help dismantle it.)” Katy Waldman reviews Robin DiAngelo’s White Fragility in the New Yorker.
Race and Higher Education
- Natasha Warikoo and Nadirah Farah Foley write in the NYT about how admissions preferences for athletes and legacies are keep elite universities White.
- “In more than one instance, I have looked up from my research to see paintings of white men famous for committing heinous acts against indigenous communities, or racist artifacts displayed proudly as if devoid of the context in which they were produced.” Ashley Farmer on “Archiving While Black.”
- “Even though Americans rely more on public social benefits than in the past, they hold extremely negative views of government” – Suzanne Mettler in the NYT on the government-citizen disconnect.
- “the more you line up with Christian nationalism, the less likely you are to support gun control”
- Noah Zatz unpacks the logic underlying the Masterpiece Cakeshop decision, and how the current Supreme Court treats allegations of discrimination the same as discrimination itself.
Science, Knowledge, and Technology