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, and Sexism
- Amy Elizabeth Robinson tries to make sense of how eminent feminist scholars could invoke the very arguments their scholarship on gender and power would seem to warn against.
- Corey Robin argues that to understand the Ronell story we have to understand how the grad student-advisor relationship is suffused with power.
- The Economist covers new sociological research on internet dating.
Race and Racism
- “Voter ID laws disproportionately disenfranchise minority communities.” 538 reports on new political science research.
- The University of Arizona received half a million dollars in funding from a group advocating eugenics via racist evolutionary psychology.
The Politics of Knowledge
- “Sociologists surely don’t have all the answers, but they at least have different ones than economists do. If only they’d be willing to share more of them.” Justin Fox makes the case for SocArXiv, Sociological Science, and similar innovations in openness.
- “The debate over the terms and goals of accountability must not stop at questions like “Is the data processing fairer if its error rate is the same for all races and genders?” We must consider broader questions, such as whether these tools should be developed and deployed at all.” Frank Pasquale on algorithmic fairness.
- According to this post by a group of housing activists and scholars, the high profile dataset from Desmond’s Eviction Lab significantly undercounts evictions in some cities, in part because Desmond paid to acquire data from for-profit firms set up to screen tenants rather than non-profit advocacy groups.