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why contemporary architecture sucks and why economic sociology is the future we’ve been waiting forSean Safford

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:19:43 +0000

Biranna Rennix and Nathan Robinson have a long, but well-written essay called “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture, and If You Don’t Why You Should”.  The hook: name one example of a building built in the last 70 years that stands up to anything built before the War?  You, like me, probably have a hard time […](image)


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one possible policy to address harassment in the academyfabiorojas

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:01:16 +0000

It is hard to prevent or control harassment in the academy because graduate students and post-docs often rely exclusively on a single person for professional support. Thus, if your adviser or supervisor acts inappropriately, it is very, very hard to find a replacement without wrecking your career. This fits with a more general theory that […](image)


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harassment, destroyed careers, and returns to human capitalfabiorojas

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:01:08 +0000

One of the consequences of #metoo is the burst of media stories about victims of harassment and abuse. One such story is about the actress Anabelle Sciora, whose career was on the rise before she was allegedly assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. Friends describe her withdrawal and decline in Hollywood. This story shares much in common […](image)


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comparone plays scarlattifabiorojas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:01:46 +0000

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book spotlight: the work of art by alison gerberfabiorojasworkofart

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:01:53 +0000

The Work of Art is a new book by Alison Gerber, a sociologist who studies the sociology of culture. The book is a great exploration of how artists manage the self. This is an important issues because artists are pulled in different directions. Sometimes, artists are supposed to by guided by aesthetic values, at other […](image)


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sociology journal reviewing is dumb (except soc sci and contexts) and computer conference reviewing is the way to go. seriously.fabiorojas

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:01:48 +0000

This post is an argument for moving away from the current model of sociology journal reviewing and adopting the computer science model. Before I get into it, I offer some disclaimers: I do not claim that the CS conference system is more egalitarian or produces better reviews. Rather, my claim is that it is more […](image)


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what’s the role of art in a social scientist’s life?jeffguhin

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:49:10 +0000

What’s the role of art in a social scientist’s life? Well, we study it right? We write books and articles (really great books and articles, by the way) within the sociology of culture, looking at how novels develop, how fashion works, how an erotic art scene distinguishes itself, how genres change, what’s up with opera […](image)


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support brooke harringtonfabiorojas

Tue, 05 Dec 2017 16:05:41 +0000

Dear Orgtheory Readers, Last week, news outlets revealed that sociologist Brooke Harrington, an academic living in Denmark, is facing criminal charges for giving paid lectures, including one to the Danish parliament. Her work permit prohibits paid work aside from teaching position. Her supporters have set up a GoFundMe page to help defer her legal costs. […](image)


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the PROSPER Act, the price of college, and eroding public goodwillepoppCapturePicture1

Mon, 04 Dec 2017 15:55:24 +0000

The current Congress is decidedly cool toward colleges and the students attending them. The House version of the tax bill that just passed eliminates the deduction on student loan interest and taxes graduate student tuition waivers as income. Both House and Senate bills tax the largest college endowments. Now we have the PROSPER Act, introduced […](image)


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The OA modern dance flashmobfabiorojas

Sun, 03 Dec 2017 05:01:35 +0000

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the purpose of teaching sociologyfabiorojas

Fri, 01 Dec 2017 05:01:29 +0000

I have been asked to write a short piece on the topic of teaching social theory. My answer will have three parts. On the blog, I will post initial thoughts: What is the point of teaching sociology at all? What are the different goals and reasons we teach social theory? Why did I move to […](image)


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brooke harrington has committed no crimefabiorojas

Thu, 30 Nov 2017 05:01:29 +0000

It is very unfortunate that an American sociologist working in Denmark, Brooke Harrington, has become entangled in immigration law. She is being charged with a criminal violation for giving lectures within Denmark. From Inside Higher Education: Harrington’s research is controversial in that it deals with tax loopholes and offshore accounts of kind documented in the […](image)


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after #metoofabiorojas

Wed, 29 Nov 2017 05:19:03 +0000

It’s a bit disingenuous to be shocked. We may be surprised that a particular person abuses women, but we shouldn’t be shocked that it’s a common thing. Not after decades of complaint about sexual harassment. Not after a century of activism that tries to establish autonomy and safety for all genders.  It’s a sad truth […](image)


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book spotlight: culture and commerce by mukti khairefabiorojaskhaire_book

Tue, 28 Nov 2017 05:08:05 +0000

A very,  very long time ago, Mukti Khaire was a guest blogger at orgtheory. Since then, she’s been a successful management researcher at the Harvard Business School and Cornell Tech. It is thus a great pleasure for me to read her new book Culture and Commerce: The Value of Entrepreneurship in Creative Industries. The book is […](image)


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this week’s serving of mexican war metalfabiorojas

Sun, 26 Nov 2017 05:13:28 +0000

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happy holiday and submit to contextsfabiorojas

Thu, 23 Nov 2017 05:10:54 +0000

I wish you all an excellent holiday. And while I have your attention, you should consider submitting an article to Contexts, which Rashawn Ray and I now edit. Here are the submission guidelines. If you want a 99% acceptance rate, send us a piece for the blog! Orgtheory has the lowest standards in academia. We […](image)


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sucks to be a historianfabiorojasAdvertised-Job-Openings-Compared-to-the-Number-of-New-History-PhDs-768x612

Wed, 22 Nov 2017 02:06:48 +0000

The blog of the American Historical Association has an article about the atrocious state of the job market. Until about 2007, there was a loose correlation between history jobs and history PhDs. Then, a massive drop in history jobs but an increase in history PhD production. Here’s the picture: Terrible.  In some areas, jobs ads […](image)


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sense8: a damaged masterpiecefabiorojas

Mon, 20 Nov 2017 05:01:16 +0000

Note: This post is rated G, but the show I talk about is rated R. Definitely NSFW! I want to talk about Sense8, which got cancelled after two seasons, way before its plot lines were resolved. The Netflix original series is about eight people who come to learn they are all linked through psychic powers. They […](image)


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rachel yoder/new york counterpointfabiorojas

Sun, 19 Nov 2017 05:14:36 +0000

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what nonacademics should understand about taxing graduate schoolepopp

Sat, 18 Nov 2017 17:29:17 +0000

There are many bad provisions in the proposed tax legislation. This isn’t even the worst of them. But it’s the one that most directly affects my corner of the world. And, unlike the tax deduction for private jets, it’s one that can be hard for people outside of that world to understand. That proposal is […](image)


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it’s not you, it’s the job marketfabiorojas

Fri, 17 Nov 2017 05:00:46 +0000

It is very hard for young people to not take the job market personally. If you get interviewed and you get turned down, you can always ask: “What could I have done differently?” This is a very bad way to look at things. Why? Because in many cases, you can be perfect and still not […](image)


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yes, even mediocre students deserve letters of recommendationfabiorojas

Thu, 16 Nov 2017 05:08:03 +0000

Yes, I believe that letters of recommendation are garbage. But if we continue to require letters, faculty have a moral obligation to write them. Why? Part of being an educator is to evaluate students for the public and as long as they subsidize us professors, we need to satisfy the external demand for assessment. Sadly, […](image)


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new post-doc program in inequality at harvardfabiorojas

Wed, 15 Nov 2017 05:01:24 +0000

From the home office in Cambridge, Massachusetts, a new post-doc is announced. An excerpt from the program description: Social and economic inequality are urgent problems for our society, with implications for a range of outcomes from economic growth and political stability to crime, public health, family wellbeing, and social trust. The Inequality in America Initiative […](image)


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unicorns and gazelles are black swansepopp

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 13:00:50 +0000

Both the public and scholars pay a disproportionate amount of attention to the Silicon Valley model of entrepreneurship. But for every startup that becomes a unicorn, a thousand more mundane businesses are started. Howard Aldrich and Martin Ruef contextualize this ordinary entrepreneurship in a special issue of Academy of Management Perspectives on the reemergence of “Main […](image)


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levy book forum 3: is civil society that bad?fabiorojas

Tue, 14 Nov 2017 05:06:23 +0000

In the last two installments of the Levy book forum, I reviewed the basic ideas of the book and some of his discussion of states. In this last installment, I will discuss Part III of the book, which goes into how associations can be pretty nasty. Part III starts with a parade of the horrible […](image)


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does piketty replicate?fabiorojas

Mon, 13 Nov 2017 05:44:45 +0000

Richard Sutch reports in Social Science History that Piketty does not replicate very well: This exercise reproduces and assesses the historical time series on the top shares of the wealth distribution for the United States presented by Thomas Piketty in Capital in the Twenty-First Century. Piketty’s best-selling book has gained as much attention for its extensive […](image)


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monterey bay fish cam, seriously, just playfabiorojas

Sun, 12 Nov 2017 05:36:14 +0000

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are lawyers dead meat?fabiorojas

Fri, 10 Nov 2017 05:32:58 +0000

A recent article at Futurism.com suggests that life may be grim for many lawyers: Law firm Baker & Hostetler has announced that they are employing IBM’s AI Ross to handle their bankruptcy practice, which at the moment consists of nearly 50 lawyers. According to CEO and co-founder Andrew Arruda, other firms have also signed licenses with Ross, […](image)


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levy book forum 2: political theory and the nature of societyfabiorojas

Thu, 09 Nov 2017 05:01:31 +0000

A few weeks ago, I began reviewing Jacob Levy’s new book Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom. The main point of the book is that you can’t have it both ways. A political liberalism that restrains the state can’t, at the same time, celebrate the civil sphere without qualification because civic associations themselves can become illiberal. Private […](image)


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open borders at florida state and west chester collegefabiorojas

Wed, 01 Nov 2017 21:34:09 +0000

On Thursday, November 2, there will be two open borders events: At Florida State, I will discuss whether open borders is good for the U.S. I think so! The details: 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm, Florida State University, Main Campus, HCB 102. At West Chester College, Philadelphia lawyer David Bennion will speak on open borders […](image)


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balkin critiques mcleanfabiorojas

Mon, 30 Oct 2017 04:02:25 +0000

Andrew Koppleman, professor of law at Northwestern, offers a strong critique of Nancy McLean’s Democracy in Chains. The book argues that the economist James M. Buchanan was an enemy of the Brown decision and took Koch funding in an attempt to develop the intellectual tools to fight Brown. The book was discussed briefly on this blog. […](image)


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bill evans plays israelfabiorojas

Sun, 29 Oct 2017 05:46:23 +0000

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comments on department excellencefabiorojas

Fri, 27 Oct 2017 04:28:34 +0000

Every dean will tell you that your program needs to show excellence. What they usually mean is that you need to hit the right journals and get recognized for research. What the dean usually doesn’t do is tell you how to achieve excellence. In this post, I want to briefly discuss how departments achieve excellence. […](image)


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technicians and intellectuals in sociologyjeffguhin

Mon, 23 Oct 2017 16:16:29 +0000

I’m teaching a graduate course this quarter on the self and subject in history and theory, or so I call it.  It starts with Hirschman’s The Passions and the Interests, then moves into the Enlightenment, with Smith’s Moral Sentiments, Locke’s Thoughts Concerning Education, and Rousseau’s Emile. After that, we move to the US, looking at […](image)


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in defense of #metoo: critiquing social justice projects without paralyzing activism (guest post by jaime hartless)jeffguhin

Fri, 20 Oct 2017 21:36:13 +0000

  Earlier this month, (yet another) national conversation about sexual violence was started when the New York Times published a damning account of decades of sexual abuse by renowned Hollywood producer, Harvey Weinstein— (yet another) man with apparently progressive credentials who used his power and authority to violate the bodily autonomy of women seeking to […](image)


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book spotlight: the inner lives of markets by ray fisman and tim sullivanfabiorojasinner lives

Thu, 19 Oct 2017 04:08:39 +0000

The Inner Lives of Markets: How People Shape Them and They Shape Us is a “popular economics” book by Ray Fisman and Tim Sullivan. The book is a lively discussion of what one might call the “greatest” theoretical hits of economics. Starting from the early 20th century, Fisman and Sullivan review a number of the […](image)


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legislators are less likely to vote for the draft if they have draft age kidsfabiorojas

Wed, 18 Oct 2017 04:01:49 +0000

From a new working paper, “No Kin in the Game: Moral Hazard and War in theU.S. Congress,” which can be read at NBER. Eoin McGuirk, Nathaniel and Hilger Nicholas Miller use Congressional voting data to show that there is a negative correlation of draft votes and voting for the draft: Why do wars occur? We exploit […](image)


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levy book forum part 1: what is rationalism, pluralism and freedom about?fabiorojasLevy book cover

Tue, 17 Oct 2017 12:02:43 +0000

This month, I will discuss Rationalism, Pluralism and Freedom by my good friend Jacob Levy. I usually don’t write much on “political theory,” as it is a genre of scholarship that I am not fluent in, but I thought orgtheory readers might enjoy this book. Levy’s goal is to review the tradition of political thought […](image)


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third world quarterly retracts “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Mon, 16 Oct 2017 04:24:55 +0000

News has come that Third World Quarterly has withdrawn “The Case for Colonialism.” It’s a weak article, but I do not believe that it should be retracted. So what happened? According to the journal’s website: This Viewpoint essay has been withdrawn at the request of the academic journal editor, and in agreement with the author […](image)


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nancy ska/tom thumbfabiorojas

Sun, 15 Oct 2017 04:07:53 +0000

One my favorite Wayne Shorter compositions, done in the “ska-jazz” style. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)


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