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.
- Mary Ziegler writes in the NYT about how legal debates over abortion sparked scientific debates, and what that means for the (im)possibility of resolving the moral questions of abortion with appeals to science.
- Henry Quiggin reviews recent debates on the power of neoliberal and leftist ideas.
- “The lesson of the Freedmen’s Bureau and Community Reinvestment is that the distinction between “politics” and “economy” is essentially a false one” – John Robinson III on Du Bois, race, and capitalism.
- Harry Brighouse remembers Erik Olin Wright as an intellectual and a friend.
- At Vox, Thomas Page McBee interviews sociologist Tristan Bridges to help make sense of the controversy over Gilette’s recent ad about toxic masculinity.
- A new study finds “traditional admissions metrics of undergraduate grade point average (GPA) and the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) Quantitative, Verbal, and Physics Subject Tests do not predict completion as effectively admissions committees presume.”
- Economists Saez and Zucman defend Ocasio-Cortez’s proposed 70% marginal tax on top incomes as valuable because it works to prevent oligarchy.
- Steven Klein reviews a new translation of Karl Polanyi’s early writings.