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.
- The Economist covers political scientist Ashley Jardina’s work on conservative white identity politics. And Jardina writes in the WaPo about birthright citizenship: “Trump’s potential proposal to end birthright citizenship is perfectly consistent with an identity politics centered on white grievances.”
- “birthright citizenship is rooted in the heart of our democracy. Its purpose 150 years ago was to incorporate former slaves into the nation, regardless of their race or their status as one-time bondspeople. Birth was the great equalizer. And since its ratification, the amendment has served to gently arbitrate national belonging, ensuring that no arbitrary criteria—religion, race, descent, or political affiliation—can be wielded to deny citizenship. All those born here are citizens.” Martha Jones on the 14th Amendment.
- “Unlike in the past, our modern witch hunts are often invoked defensively by men in positions of power and authority. Recent events show that men with political and economic power can often rely on the idea of witch hunts to work for them, not against them. The witch hunt still uses institutional authority to enforce traditional gender norms and power relations.” Erin Cassese at Vox.
- Peter Henne at Duck of Minerva argues that we are witnessing a right-wing terror campaign and that the government should respond accordingly.
- “Early this month, a respected medical journal published a research paper on its website that analyzed the effects of a business trend roiling the field of dermatology: the rapid entrance of private equity firms into the specialty by buying and running practices around the country. Eight days later, after an outcry from private equity executives and dermatologists associated with private equity firms, the editor of the publication removed the paper from the site. No reason was given.”
- The “War of the Worlds” broadcast did not create a national panic, though it did lead to a lot of racist and sexist reporting that helped to create the myth of panic.
- Teaching Marx with vampires.
- The NLRB is making it harder for unions to organize subcontracted workers.
- “The people traveling to the United States are searching for a better life, in part because United States has made life in their own countries demonstrably worse.” Sarah Sklaw at WaPo.