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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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the muslim registry is next, so it is time to preparefabiorojas

Mon, 30 Jan 2017 00:16:37 +0000

Scatter Plot also has a post about political activism and the anti-refugee ban.  Only seven days into his presidency, Donald Trump has issued cruel executive orders aimed at immigrants and refugees. One recent executive order banned the re-entry of any individual who was a citizen of Iran, Yemen, Syria and other countries. The order was especially […](image)

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dance and music are brother and sisterfabiorojas

Sun, 29 Jan 2017 00:27:28 +0000

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book spotlight: postcolonial thought and social theory by julian gofabiorojasgo_postcolonial_book

Fri, 27 Jan 2017 00:22:16 +0000

This is probably the book that Julian Go will be remembered for. For the last forty or fifty years, there’s been a stream of theoretical writings in the humanities that has been ignored by most sociologists and Postocolonial Thought and Social Theory is the book to bring it into sociology. It’s a joy to read […](image)

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should you assign theory for the working sociologist?fabiorojas

Thu, 26 Jan 2017 00:16:42 +0000

This April, Columbia University Press will publish Theory for the Working Sociologist. This book is my attempt to explain how sociologists think in clear language. Should you assign this book in your class? I think it makes sense for a number of classes. Let me tell you a little about what is inside and then […](image)

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let’s panic thoughtfullyepopp

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 17:10:37 +0000

Since we’re both here, my social media bubble probably looks a lot like your social media bubble. And in my social media bubble, people are freaking out about the Trump presidency. There are false voter fraud claims, ugly attacks on the media, chilling of speech at government agencies, and a whole host of policy actions […](image)

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party in the street: data and theory togetherfabiorojas

Wed, 25 Jan 2017 14:56:59 +0000

People often think of me as a data driven social scientist. That’s true but it omits an important fact. I don’t collect data in a vacuum. I usually collect data to develop, test, and promote theory. Example: Michael Heaney and I spent an enormous amount of time and effort collecting data for the book called […](image)

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on theory fetishism: a conversation with andrew perrinfabiorojaspoli_theory_phil_flowchartscreenshot-from-2017-01-18-15-25-18

Tue, 24 Jan 2017 00:12:07 +0000

I wish I had come up with this diagram… Last week, I got into a Facebook discussion with my friends Jeff Guhin* and Andrew Perrin** about the value of theory. Long time readers know I have very ambivalent feelings. Sometimes, I feel as if a lot of “theory” is simply bloated talk. At other times, […](image)

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theory week at the blogfabiorojas

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:35:02 +0000

This week will be dedicated to exploring social theory: Tuesday: A response to Andrew Perrin on theory fetishism. Wednesday: Thoughts on empirically driven theory and Party in the Street. Thursday: Should you assign Theory for the Working Sociologist? Friday: Book spotlight on Julian Go’s new book on sociology and postcolonial theory. Thanks for checking in. […](image)

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soy califa, dexter gordon (1967)fabiorojas

Sun, 22 Jan 2017 00:02:24 +0000

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surviving academic affluenza/midlife-crisiskatherinechen

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 17:13:14 +0000

Academia is an iron person sport – the marathon to the dissertation,  the quest for a tenure-track position, and the trek to tenure.  What happens after tenure and promotion? In this podcast, Elizabeth Matsui (a professor and practicing doctor), Roger Peng (professor of biostats), and Brian Caffo, a recently promoted full professor in biostats, discuss […](image)

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is the mla about literature anymore?fabiorojas

Wed, 18 Jan 2017 00:01:51 +0000

Phil Magness is at it again. In a recent blog post, he presented the results of a very simple exercise. Go to the Modern Language Association web site, search for the number panels on specific authors (e.g., Shakespeare or Toni Morrison) and compare with the number of panels you find if you search for topics […](image)

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obama’s final brutal act: rescinding “dry foot, wet foot”fabiorojas

Tue, 17 Jan 2017 00:23:43 +0000

The story of 21th century immigration in the US is a story of slamming doors shut, with one exception. For decades, the US has allowed any Cuban who could reach American land to stay there. Originally, the idea was simply to allow people travelling by boat to land ashore, then, during the Clinton administration, the […](image)

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the polls did better than you expected in the 2016 election, but not state polls, they suckedfabiorojas

Mon, 16 Jan 2017 00:11:00 +0000

Remember when everybody said that the polls completely got the 2016 presidential election wrong? Now we have final numbers on the popular vote count, and guess what? The national polls were on target: In the Real Clear Politics rolling average, the final estimate was HRC up by 3.3%. In the final popular vote count, the […](image)

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berio’s gesti (1966) by dodo kisfabiorojas

Sun, 15 Jan 2017 00:32:55 +0000

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will trade associations exacerbate growing economic inequality in the united states? a guest post by howard aldrichfabiorojasEscher "Drawing Hands"

Fri, 13 Jan 2017 00:23:05 +0000

Howard Aldrich is the Kenan Professor of Sociology at UNC-Chapel Hill. This post examines an important question at the intersection of economic and political sociology, the role that trade groups have in American politics. This post originally appeared on Howard Aldrich’s blog and is reposted with permission. An essay prepared for a special section of the […](image)

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is college an intrinsic good? (on how we talk about schools vs. education)jeffguhin

Thu, 12 Jan 2017 18:19:43 +0000

(I made some edits from an earlier version to better distinguish sociologists of education from ed reformers.) Teaching a graduate seminar on sociology of education this quarter has helped me to realize that I’m actually a sociologist of schools rather than a sociologist of education.  By that I mean that sociologists of education (as I’m calling […](image)

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the core ideology of the gop: a response to seth masketfabiorojas

Wed, 11 Jan 2017 00:13:40 +0000

Over at Pacific Standard, Seth Masket expresses surprise at the fact that many in the Republican party have abandoned traditional GOP policy goals and ideological beliefs: Most recently, this has been apparent in Trump’s responses to reports by American intelligence agencies that Russia and WikiLeaks hacked Democratic National Committee servers and worked to undermine Hillary […](image)

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careerism? you betcha!fabiorojas

Tue, 10 Jan 2017 00:20:48 +0000

Whenever I write about jobs and graduate school on this blog, I usually get one or two people who accuse me of “careerism.” For example, when I wrote about how to be productive a few weeks ago, the following comment was posted by jon: What Fabio was talking about is probably careerism. Most successful scholars, […](image)

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the antitrust equilibrium and three pathways to policy changeepopp

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 18:51:03 +0000

Antitrust is one of the classic topics in economic sociology. Fligstein’s The Transformation of Corporate Control and Dobbin’s Forging Industrial Policy both dealt with how the rules that govern economic life are created. But with some exceptions, it hasn’t received a lot of attention in the last decade in econ soc. In fact, antitrust hasn’t […](image)

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