hey, wait a minute

I wasn’t aware of this blog before, but it has several sociologists and other prominent academics listed as contributors. [HT: Jenn Lena.]

But, the person who is listed as editor? Isn’t he the same person who started the Public Sociology blog at Berkeley? The blog that had some posts, then went private–yes, Berkeley had blog called “Public Sociology” that was private–and then came back and sat for more than a month with no posts whatsoever? Am I misremembering this? Am I misremembering the person? He came to the first ASA blogger get-together and we spent several minutes talking about his Berkeley blog. It’s peculiar just because the person says “This is my first blog.” as the final sentence of his bio, which is kind of an odd thing to say anyway, but especially, you know, if it isn’t actually your first blog. I’m confused. Does anyone else remember this?

Update: Here is a post from back in the day about the Berkeley blog. It doesn’t clarify whether the editor of Immanent Frame is the person who ran it, though.

Update, #2: Jonathan (the aforementioned “the person”) responds in the comments, and it seems I’m mistaken. Confused apologies to him, who I really thought was the person I talked to at ASA way back when. BTW, here’s what the old site looked like, via the Web Archive. Sadly, fans of a certain OtherBlog that is fond of deleting its post will note that the have the bot-blocker on and so their old posts are not accessible from the Web Archive (although I suppose anyone who is truly hardcore can fish the old posts out of their RSS feed or browser cache).

Update, #3: The archives of Footnotes provide the pertinent information.  I’m not sure how I came to have these people mixed up.

owning it

A friend of mine e-mailed with a different kind of complaint about the privilegometer that I posted about yesterday. She’s reflective about her upbringing and regards herself as coming from a background of essentially full privilege in socioeconomic terms. Yet she only scored a 28 out of 34. How would someone with full privilege not get full credit? Her complaints about treating the meme as a measure (edited somewhat for style and clarifying detail): Continue reading “owning it”

first day of (grad) class

As usual, I want to get the semester started off right on the one graduate course I teach each year, and every time I teach this course, I decide that there are a few more things that I should not take for granted that the students will know. While I usually turn to Fabio for All Things Grad School, his take on the Grad Skool Rulz of how to take a class falls somewhere between “don’t” and “do a decent job of it,” so from a professor’s perspective, that leaves a bit of a gap in helping students know what they need to get the job done. I’ve compiled a short list of things I intend to go over on the first day, before we get to the content of the course, and I was hoping for some feedback and additional suggestions. Continue reading “first day of (grad) class”

the privilegometer

Circulating among various sociology blogs is a meme that attempts to measure how much Privilege you had growing up (here, with links to others). I think “privilege” is a problematic concept–more exactly, it’s one of those social science terms that useful precisely because it is imprecise, and such terms only go so far. And even as a measure of “privilege” I would have issues with this one–in my own case, I think, it understates some nontrivial advantages.

Nonetheless, for anyone who is curious enough about my own background to click on the jump, here is my accounting: Continue reading “the privilegometer”

delegation resolutions

Well, I’m inspired. All the workflow gurus agree that setting a reasonable, actionable goal, logging your progress, and giving yourself incentives to follow it are the keys to resolution success. My prediction is that Jeremy is well on his way to fitness. I would also like to be fit, and so I considered following along.

And then it hit me. I would be donating so much money to Really Bad Thing at the end of 2008. And, worse yet, it would be coming out of Kid’s college fund. Why? Continue reading “delegation resolutions”

what about pakistan?

I have been reading a lot about Pakistan. It’s been a while since I’ve been there, but in looking through the various posts on the death of Bhutto, I find it interesting to look at the American view of the event, and the reading of those elsewhere (for example, a different reading of Bhutto here). (Warning: this post represents my thoughts not as an academic, as this is most certainly NOT my scholarly area. Just from someone who’s been reading stuff. It’s also sloppy as it’s late, I’m tired, but for some reason not sleeping) . Continue reading “what about pakistan?”