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.
Racism and Sexism
- Robin DiAngelo argues that “niceness” is no answer to racial inequality, but rather reinforces colorblind racist systems by allowing white people to believe themselves to be not racist without taking any action to combat racism.
- “Like millions of women of color, especially black women, the healthcare machine could not imagine me as competent and so it neglected and ignored me until I was incompetent.” – Tressie MC in Time, excerpted from her new book Thick.
- Heather Long reports on what it was like to cover the recent American Economics Association meetings amidst conversation and controversy over sexism in the field.
Experts and Politics
- Historian of economics Cleo Chassonnery-Zaïgouche places the Harvard admissions lawsuits in the context of economists’ entrance into discrimination litigation in the 1970s-1980s.
- Gelman, Goel, and Ho try to add some clarity to the statistical debates in the Harvard lawsuit – and how we should not let those debates substitute for the important normative, political questions in play.
- Justin Fox writes about Monica Prasad’s forthcoming book on how Republicans’ love of tax cuts began as an electoral strategy, not a result of ideological commitments or business pressure.
- “The entire editorial board of the Elsevier-owned Journal of Informetrics resigned Thursday in protest over high open-access fees, restricted access to citation data and commercial control of scholarly work. Today, the same team is launching a new fully open-access journal called Quantitative Science Studies.”
- Peter Frase offers an appreciation of Erik Olin Wright.