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 and Gender
- Daphna Joel and Cordelia Fine write in the NYT about recent developments in neuroscience that continue to challenge the commonly-held myth that “male” and “female” brains exhibit consistent differences.
- “Americans have grown increasingly likely to believe that women and men should have equal roles at work, in politics and at home. But a significant share still say that men’s and women’s roles should be different at home — even when they believe they should be equal at work.”
- “She proposed that the only question anyone should ask prior to approving an abortion was a simple one: whether the woman wanted it.” Slate looks at Pat Maginnis’ radical pro-choice activism in the 1950s-1960s.
Sociology of Education
- Joy Lisi Rankin writes about how academic institutions (fail to) respond to harassment, drawing on her experiences of sexual harassment at Michigan State and online harassment in the history of computing community.
- “Warnings about complaint can offer not just predictions of bad consequences for those who make complaints; they can function as endorsements of the conduct that complaints are put forward to challenge.” Sara Ahmed, continuing her work on the politics of institutions and complaints.
- “much of the reason we have so many ‘gray areas’ around collegial conduct is not because life is so irreducibly complicated. It’s largely because our standards are so low.” A group of grad students have published a new zine about how to mitigate abuses of power in academia.
- The Nation profiles sociologist, activist, and comic book author Eve Ewing and her work on K-12 schools and “the failure of white democracy”.