A (mostly) 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.
Data and Methods
- The BBC has released “bbplot” for R and an “R cookbook”, allowing anyone to make BBC-style data visualizations.
- A new paper suggests list experiments and other indirect survey techniques may often fail to produce accurate, internally consistent measures of stigmatized behaviors.
- “Well intentioned “fairness” regulations prohibiting decision makers form taking sensitive attributes into account can actually make things less fair and less accurate at the same time.”
Sociology of Education
- Hoxby & Turner find that schools responded to a focus on the Pell-grant eligible metric by enrolling more students just below the threshold in 2016 v 2008 – & many fewer just above. (This is such a great example of an Espeland & Sauder reactivity story.)
- “black students… made up an average of 7.4 percent of students at the institutions studied but 15.1 percent of the images in admissions brochures”
- “Historically, almost no set of combatants in a civil war have been able to enforce a peace agreement without the help of a third party.” Political scientist Barbara Walter on why the Afghan peace agreement rates to fail.
- Kevin Baker looks at the theoretical underpinnings of SimCity in the form of the technolibertarian systems dynamics of Jay Forrester.
- A useful article summarizing the work of 11 Black scholars who influenced sociology, from Anna Julia Cooper to Frantz Fanon.