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.
Education and Inequality
- In The New Yorker, Casey Parks documents Dorian Ford’s 15-year quest to complete her degree at an underfunded HBCU.
- Three political scientists look at how state policy forces Detroit and Flint to keep turning to private donors for basic needs, like clean drinking water in schools.
Gender and Work
- Looking longitudinally shows that women’s earnings are much less than 80% of men’s, because men are much less likely to have spells of part-time work or exits from the workforce.
- Arlie Hochschild argues that the term “emotional labor” has been overextended, and should be restricted to situations where an individual has to manage their own emotions (rather than the equally important, but often distinct, work of making other people comfortable/happy).
- IPUMS Abacus is a new, mobile-friendly site for running quick crosstabs based on Census/ACS data.
- “The CDC blamed the increase in drug overdose deaths, as well as a continuing increase in suicides, for a drop in life expectancy in 2017, making that year the third in a row in which life expectancy fell.”