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the one where we all discuss ‘get out’fabiorojasGeorgina

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:00 +0000

No, no, no… I think you’ll really like this blog. I didn’t find Get Out to be funny. Nor did I find it scary. I’m not courageous – horror movies don’t deal with the things that truly scare me. But I did find Get Out to be engaging. I want to articulate a thought I’ve been […](image)

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super secret ethnographyfabiorojas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:35:29 +0000

Thomas J. Roulet, Michael J. Gill, Sebastien Stenger and David James Gill have a new article in Organizational Research Methods about the possible value of covert field work.The abstract: In this article, we provide a nuanced perspective on the benefits and costs of covert research. In particular, we illustrate the value of such an approach by focusing […](image)

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book forum: the conversational firm by catherine turco, part 2fabiorojas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:12:21 +0000

This month, we are reviewing Catherine Turco’s Conversational firm. Earlier, I summarized the contents. The book is an ethnographic account of a tech firm that uses social media for internal communication. Turco’s main goal is to advance the argument that social media has substantially altered communications and hierarchy inside firms. Now, I’ll highlight some strong […](image)

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class and collegekatherinechen

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:18:15 +0000

When awareness about the impact of socio-economic class was not as prevalent among the public, one exercise I did with my undergraduates at elite institutions was to ask them to identify their class background.  Typically, students self-identified as being in the middle class, even when their families’ household incomes/net worth placed them in the upper class.  […](image)

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orthopraxy vs. orthodoxy and the relevance of religion in the sociology of culturejeffguhin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:23:08 +0000

I’m very grateful to Rod Dreher for such a thoughtful and kind response to my work.  I sent him an e-mail in reply, but I’m actually going to edit it a bit and post it here because it relates to some ongoing conversations in the sociology of culture.  In response to my post about how […](image)

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was the sexual revolution so revolutionary?: on the benedict option and conservative christian models of culturejeffguhin

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:16:22 +0000

If you’re at all plugged into think pieces about religion, you’ve heard about Rod Dreher’s book on The Benedict Option.  Dreher’s an interesting guy: he’s an incredibly prolific writer, and most of his stuff winds up at his blog.  He’s got two really lovely books, one about the death of his sister and the other […](image)

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emperor concerto, no 5fabiorojas

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:11:15 +0000

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is ethnography the most policy-relevant sociology?epopp

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:04:16 +0000

The New York Times – the Upshot, no less – is feeling the love for sociology today. Which is great. Neil Irwin suggests that sociologists have a lot to say about the current state of affairs in the U.S., and perhaps might merit a little more attention relative to you-know-who. Irwin emphasizes sociologists’ understanding “how […](image)

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bookstores aren’t dead yet – an example of the artisinal organizationfabiorojasbookstore.PNG

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:09:13 +0000

A few years ago, people predicted the end of bookstores. Major chains were closing – Borders, Waldenbooks, and many more. Amazon ruled the world. But a funny thing happened. The independent bookstore business refused to die. Recently, it seems to be expanding. The chart about is taken from a business data website called Statista and […](image)

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open borders – in foreign affairs!!fabiorojas

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:56:56 +0000

Nathan Smith, an economist as Fresno Pacific University, has an article in Foreign Affairs about open borders. It was a pleasure to read. Well written, judicious and provocative. A few choice clips from “A World Without Borders: Richer, Fairer, and More Free“: These advocates, including the author, call for a regime of nearly complete freedom […](image)

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i am a new abolitionistfabiorojas

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:29:45 +0000

A few years ago, Tyler Cowen remarked that open borders activists were too reckless, similar to abolitionists of the past. A fervent passion for migration would trigger backlash. In response, his co-blogger, Alex Tabarrok, responded by saying that history goes to the passionate. The great changes in history are driven by groups of people who […](image)

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eleventh house is the only house you needfabiorojas

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:06:57 +0000

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brayden king discusses the importance of organizational theoryfabiorojas

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:05:11 +0000

In Contemporary Sociology, Brayden King reviews recent works and offers his opinion on the state of organizational sociology. A few choice clips: There are numerous institutional reasons that organizational sociology has moved toward the periphery of the discipline, including the lack of sociology jobs in the subfield and the fact that many organizational sociologists, this […](image)

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open borders day 2017fabiorojasgreenarrowamberborder

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:58:07 +0000

It is my pleasure to announce “Open Borders Day 2017.” This year, we’ll have an event in Chicago at Loyola University. It will be a panel discussion with three speakers: Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute will speak on the economics of migration. Alexandra Filandra of the University of Illinois, Chicago will speak on racism […](image)

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book forum: the conversational firm, part 1 by catherine turcofabiorojastruco_book

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:01:42 +0000

This Spring’s book forum is dedicated to The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureacuracy in an Age of Social Media by Catherine Turco. The book is based on an ethnography of tech company and focuses on the communication practices within the firm. Turco’s main goal is to understand how social media have shaped the way that people […](image)

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apparently the solution to racial inequality is a cool 10k. or not.jeffguhin

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:01:05 +0000

I’m not sure if Ross Douthat intended his suggestion to be ridiculous, but I’m assuming, out of intellectual charity if nothing else, that he did: that saying a cool 10,000 dollars to every black descendant of the slave trade might be more effective than contemporary efforts at targeted inclusion was just a satirical what-you-will to […](image)

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crumhorn consort does johann Hermann schein (1585-1630) – padouane (Pavane)fabiorojas

Sun, 05 Mar 2017 00:28:43 +0000

Yes, you needed to hear that. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($5 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street (image)

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global resistance in the neoliberal universitykatherinechenintlconf

Fri, 03 Mar 2017 23:29:29 +0000

Those of you who are interested in fending off growing neoliberalism in the university might be interested in the following international  line-up at CUNY’s union, PSC. You can watch a livestream of the conference via fb starting tonight, Fri., March 3, 6-9pm and Sat., March 4, 9:30am-6pm EST: …an international conference on Global Resistance in the Neoliberal University organized by […](image)

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march book madnessfabiorojas

Wed, 01 Mar 2017 04:15:45 +0000

I will be travelling the next few days, so blogging will be light. But to tide you over, here is a list of books that we have reviewed recently. Abolish Work, edited by Nick Ford Postcolonial Thought and Social Theory, by Julian Go. Digital Kenya, edited by Btange Ndemo and Tim Weiss Inside Graduate Admissions, […](image)

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where are the institutionalists? answer: not sociologyfabiorojas

Tue, 28 Feb 2017 00:46:32 +0000

Neo-institutionalism was and remains a major strand of organizational theory. However, it seems as if it has receded from sociology programs. Some of the esteemed senior scholars in this tradition, such as Art Stinchcombe and Lynn Zucker, are emeritus faculty. A number of key figures such as Woody Powell, Brian Rowan, and John Meyer work […](image)

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if we don’t deport natives who are criminals, why do we deport immigrant criminals?fabiorojas

Mon, 27 Feb 2017 00:05:04 +0000

I’m a hard core supporter of open borders, the view that we should let people travel peacefully across borders. However, for many years, I agreed with the restrictionist view that it is appropriate to deport criminals. And not those who violate unjust immigration “laws.” I thought that deportation was appropriate for those convicted of actual […](image)

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larry coryell (1943-2017 )fabiorojas

Sun, 26 Feb 2017 00:16:29 +0000

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let’s argue about social theoryfabiorojas

Fri, 24 Feb 2017 04:11:41 +0000

We had three posts on the value and teaching of social theory. Take a few moments to catch up! Why teach theory? (by Jeff) Theory fetishism (by Fabio) On the regression of reading (by Andrew) We also recently discussed Julian Go’s book on postcolonial theory and my forthcoming pedagogical book on theory. 50+ chapters of […](image)

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futbol >> footballfabiorojas

Wed, 22 Feb 2017 00:26:02 +0000

It’s not just the names, it’s a philosophical issue. If two creatures fight for the same turf, there has to be a winner. Nature demands it. There can only be one and I side with “futbol!” Here’s my reasoning: Accurate advertising: In soccer, the main way you play is by bringing your foot to the […](image)

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sociology and films for the classroom, 2016: a guest post by tim gillfabiorojas

Tue, 21 Feb 2017 00:34:23 +0000

Tim Gill is a sociologist who is currently a post-doctoral fellow at Tulane University. His research focuses on political sociology and sociological theory. In this post, he discusses how you can use recent films to explore sociological issues.  ++++ As an instructor in the classroom, I am continually thinking about ways in which I can […](image)

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hypocrisy as a gateway drug to virtuefabiorojas

Mon, 20 Feb 2017 00:16:27 +0000

Glenn Greenwald wrote a recent article about the hypocrisy of Trump critics. Before, they demanded that leakers, such as Edward Snowden, be harshly punished, but now they praise the leakers who brought down General Flynn. I’d like to explore the issue of hypocrisy more. As readers know, I am a long time advocate of open […](image)

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s. jeffry perform ‘tic’ by anthony dustanfabiorojas

Sun, 19 Feb 2017 00:50:24 +0000

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commentary on “an austrian approach to class structure” by jayme s. lemkefabiorojas

Fri, 17 Feb 2017 00:48:10 +0000

I saw a link to an article called “An Austrian Approach to Class Structure.” It attracted my interest since it is rare for economists to delve into theories of social class. In this article, Lemke offers a theory of social class based on Austrian economics. It is an interesting choice given that Austrians are committed […](image)

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brayden king on the ivanka trump boycottfabiorojas

Thu, 16 Feb 2017 00:31:39 +0000

Our good friend Brayden King has a column in Fortune discussing the Ivanka Trump boycott in light of research on boycotts. Key passages: As research has shown, boycotts typically do little to hurt companies’ revenues, in part because the activists are not typical consumers of their target companies’ goods. For example, animal rights activists who […](image)

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book spotlight: abolish work, edited by nick fordfabiorojasabolish_work

Tue, 14 Feb 2017 00:01:33 +0000

Abolish Work: An Exposition of Philosophical Ergophobia is a new anthology of anti-work writings, edited by Nick Ford. The anthology’s goal is simple – to present various arguments against work. They range from socialist anti-capitalist arguments, to left libertarians to people just being pissed off at work. The authors run the spectrum. There are selections […](image)

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supreme court game theoryfabiorojas

Mon, 13 Feb 2017 00:01:24 +0000

Right now, Senate Democrats have a choice, they can vote to confirm Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch or reject. This choice is complex: How desirable is this individual nominee? How desirable is it to filibuster this individual nominee, even if he is desirable? How desirable is it to punish Republicans for not holding a vote […](image)

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the only version of footprints that you will really ever needfabiorojas

Sun, 12 Feb 2017 00:13:42 +0000

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jacob levy on nihilism and politicsfabiorojas

Fri, 10 Feb 2017 00:12:17 +0000

Long time friend and political theorist Jacob Levy has a great op-ed in the LA Times. The issue? Don’t worry about hypocrisy (that much), worry about nihilism: At its worst, hypocrisy can be a kind of furious projection of one’s sins onto others; think of the official filled with obnoxious self-righteousness about other people’s sexual […](image)

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doug massey discusses the insanity of border wallsfabiorojas

Thu, 09 Feb 2017 00:13:50 +0000

I just discovered this humorous video about the problems with borders walls. Interestingly, it features sociologist Doug Massey. Recommended! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($5 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street(image)

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conspiracy theory, donald trump, and birtherism: a new article by joe digraziafabiorojassearch-images

Wed, 08 Feb 2017 00:22:59 +0000

Joe DiGrazia, a recent IU PhD and post-doc at Dartmouth, has a really great article in Socious, the ASA’s new online open access journal. The article, The Social Determinants of Conspiratorial Ideation, investigates the rise in conspiratorial thinking on the Internet. He looks at state level Google searches for Obama birtherism and then compares to […](image)

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why teach undergraduate theory?jeffguhin

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 16:17:07 +0000

I’ve taken a while to respond to the really interesting theory conversations that sort of started on my Facebook wall but have been carried forward by Andrew and Fabio. They both raise excellent points, and I’m going to move the conversation forward in two different directions: the question I really want to get to (at least […](image)

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water babies, wayne shorter (1969)fabiorojas

Sun, 05 Feb 2017 00:00:32 +0000

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cfp: “Seeking a More Just and Egalitarian Economy: Realizing the Future via Co-operatives, Communes, and Other Collectives” at SASE in Lyon, France- cfp deadline extended to Feb. 17, 2017!katherinechen

Fri, 03 Feb 2017 16:12:09 +0000

The Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) has extended the abstract submission deadline for all the mini-conferences and networks to Feb. 17, 2017!* Just as a reminder: Joyce Rothschild and I are co-organizing a mini-conference at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) in Lyon, France.  Please consider submitting an abstract, due to […](image)

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i no longer teach history of thoughtfabiorojas

Thu, 02 Feb 2017 00:11:37 +0000

For a long time, I bought into the idea that when you teach social theory, you are teaching history of social thought. I also bought into the idea that history of social thought helps students better understand sociology. I no longer hold these views. I think social theory and history of social thought are two […](image)

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jerry davis used to hate transaction cost economics, but now he kind of likes itfabiorojas

Tue, 31 Jan 2017 23:43:18 +0000

Last week, the amazing Jerry Davis gave a talk at IU’s Kelley School of Business. Jerry’s talk addresses a very important corporate process – the move from organizations that employ lots of people to organizations that employ few people. For example, Facebook, one of the biggest wealth creators on earth right now, employs a paltry […](image)

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