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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 & Gender
- “Health-care gaslighting,” where medical professionals dismiss women’s health concerns, is a serious problem.
- Women have contributed to the economics discipline since its founding.
- “Fifty-six percent of the women who are running for governorships have previous experience as elected officials, compared with just 37 percent of men running for governor. In Senate races, the difference is even larger — 80 percent of women running for Senate have previously held elected office, compared with just 22 percent of men.” – 538
Race & Racism
- Atiya Husain looks at the long history of asking whether Jews are a race or a religion, and reminds us that those two questions have a long and ugly history of being impossible to disentangle.
- Jelani Cobb on the furor over Sarah Jeong’s tweets: “the idea of reverse racism serves as a blunt instrument to facilitate the actual kind.”
- Climate change-induced heat waves differentially kill the poor and vulnerable.
- An interactive chart from the NYT shows just how much the 2017 GOP tax cuts benefited the rich.
Science, Knowledge, and Technology
- Miriam Posner writes about the software that facilitates reliable global supply chains – and simultaneously makes it difficult for companies to track labor and environmental conditions.
- “Power always learns, and powerful tools always fall into its hands… How did digital technologies go from empowering citizens and toppling dictators to being used as tools of oppression and discord?” Zeynep Tufekci on the fate of social media post-Arab Spring.
- Andrew Gelman writes that “the political and historical insights of feminism have made me a better statistician and scientist.”
- Josh Klugman offers his summary & analysis of the American Sociological Association’s three big recent failures: holding its annual meeting at a non-union hotel, renewing its publication contract with Sage instead of pursuing open access or non-profit alternatives, and responding too slowly and inadequately to the allegations against Michael Kimmel.