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
- The WSJ covers new research by McCann, Tomaskovic-Devey, and Badgett on the prevalence of workplace sexual harassment, and the disappointing outcomes of the tiny fraction of cases that make it to a legal complaint.
- The NYT reports on an ongoing investigation of sexual harassment by economist Roland Fryer against several women employees, including allegations of several forms of career retaliation.
- “The idea that looking after the next generation should be either free or poorly paid women’s work may be the hardest attitude of all to shift.” The Economist summarizes recent research on attitudes towards equality at work and equality in childcare.
- The Washington Post does an in-depth look at a lawsuit alleging gender pay discrimination at the Boston Symphony Orchestra, and the difficulties of making “comparable worth” claims.
- The IRS budget has been slashed, reducing government revenues and mostly benefiting corporations and the rich.
- Intellectual historian Robin Marie discusses Francis Fox Piven’s research and activism.
Science, Knowledge, and Technology
- “Bias is real, but it’s also a captivating diversion.” Powles and Nissenbaum discuss how the focus on fairness in AI can distract from larger social problems and narrow our vision for possible solutions.
- Philip Cohen finds that Republicans’ confidence in science continues to decline.
- The Chronicle covers Susan Dynarski et al’s research on how to increase the rate at which high-achieving, low-income students enroll in selective colleges by encouraging them to apply and better notifying them about free tuition policies.
- UCLA is encouraging its faculty to refuse to review for Elsevier journals until Elsevier agrees to a less extortionate contract.