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.
- USNWR has changed its rankings formula to give more weight to a measure of “social mobility”; Princeton and Harvard still come out on top.
- The Atlantic asks, why do colleges cost so much more in America than in other countries? The piece also does a good job reminding us that the American higher ed segment is fragmented by sector and by state – some states’ public systems are still great deals.
Sex, Gender, and Sexism
- The Chronicle looks at sociologists’ research on sexual harassment policies – and how that research gives no clear answers for what ASA itself should do.
- “While parents who give their daughter a boy’s name might be trying to subvert gender norms, such a name is only desirable—connotations of “strength” and “coolness” are what Satran says some parents are after—because masculinity is seen as desirable. So it’s considered perfectly fine for a girl to exhibit traits associated with masculinity, yet a “serious problem” when men or boys reveal “even a whiff of femininity,” says Brian Powell, a sociologist at Indiana University.” The Atlantic looks at gendered name trends.
- “Unless something changes outside the demogosphere, the divorce rate is going to go down in the coming years.” Phil Cohen runs the numbers.
- Atossa Araxia Abrahamian looks at the “inequality industry” – the recent turn towards inequality research and how it might politically disappoint. Beth Popp Berman has a useful follow-up thread here, which compares the inequality industry and the older poverty knowledge industry.
- “the average annual income of people who stayed was only $19,500, and only 54 percent of “stayers” had a car, compared to 100 percent of those who left.” Nicole Stephens looks at why some stay in the path of hurricanes.
- Pew tries to define the middle class based solely on income thresholds; sociologists offer some skepticism.