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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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one limitation of big data: sampling peoplefabiorojas

Mon, 09 Jan 2017 03:08:05 +0000

I am a huge proponent of “big data” – the data that millions, no – billions, of people generate as they use the Internet. For the first time in human history, we have a portal into the collective chatter of humanity. And if you can’t see the promise in that, you sorely lack in imagination. But, […](image)

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prayer for peace, tolliver circa 1970fabiorojas

Sun, 08 Jan 2017 00:22:25 +0000

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a bunch of institutionalismfabiorojas

Fri, 06 Jan 2017 00:10:02 +0000

A few days ago, we had a discussion about, exactly, what institutionalism is all about these days. This has been a long standing issue on this blog: Combining institutionalism with other topics. What we lost when the sociology of orgs became institutionalism. Institutionalism 2015 Does Jerry Davis still hate institutionalism? Is Theory of Fields an […](image)

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free college: not dead yetepoppim-not-dead-yet

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 18:05:49 +0000

While higher ed has certainly been under attack since the election, Donald Trump hasn’t said too much about his agenda for higher education, and with Betsy DeVos, charter school aficionado, at the helm of the Department of Education, it seems like K-12 issues may be at the forefront of the new administration. What’s pretty clear, […](image)

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What kinds of intellectuals are sociologists?jeffguhin

Thu, 05 Jan 2017 00:01:09 +0000

Reading a lot of Hannah Arendt lately has made me think about the relatively quick move (only really a few academic generations) from demanding regular reference to European classical antiquity, often via familiarity with both the original Greek and Latin, to today’s academic standards, which are, all at the same time, much more localized and […](image)

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the not-so-new institutionalismbrayden

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 18:20:36 +0000

The “new” institutional theory isn’t so new anymore. Anyone trained in organizational theory post-1990s will recognize the brand of institutionalism popularized by people like Woody Powell, Paul DiMaggio, John Meyer, and Dick Scott as a healthy part of the status quo. In fact, it has become such a dominant perspective in org. theory circles that […](image)

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hayek and the edge of libertarian reasonfabiorojas

Mon, 02 Jan 2017 00:59:47 +0000

I recently had the opportunity to read a whole boat load of F.A. Hayek. Constitution of Liberty; The Use of Knowledge in Society; Law, Legislation and Liberty; and more. This in depth rereading of Hayek helped me resolve a certain sociological puzzle concerning the Austrian economist’s reputation. How could he be the patron saint of […](image)

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happy holidays!!fabiorojas

Fri, 23 Dec 2016 00:21:13 +0000

The blog will be on vacation until the new year. So please enjoy your time with friends and family and be safe. See you soon! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street   (image)

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book forum 2017: turco and granovetterfabiorojas

Thu, 22 Dec 2016 00:15:36 +0000

Hi, everyone! As the year winds up, I’d like to announce two book fora: March 2017: Catherine Turco’s Conversational Firm. May 2017: Mark Granovetter’s  Society and Economy.* Please order the books now!** 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street  * Holy smokes, yes, the Granovetter […](image)

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notes on academic productivityfabiorojas

Wed, 21 Dec 2016 00:01:13 +0000

I’ve had the opportunity to meet a number of scholars who, by any conventional standard, are very productive and they aren’t stuffing the CV with obscure publications. And I’ve asked them, how do you manage to pull this off? Here are the answers that I get: Team work: Almost every star I’ve asked works in […](image)

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book highlight: Digital KenyakatherinechenInside Africas Hubs-17.jpgDigitalKenya_front_digital.pngInside Africas Hubs-16.jpg

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 18:37:18 +0000

Now is the time of year when we are wading through the flotsam of the passing semester (grading, entering grades, firefighting “emergency” cases, etc.) and preparing for the next semester (more of the same?). Nonetheless, a new semester always brings the prospect of joining the cutting edge… For those of you looking to update syllabi […](image)

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telluride lessons 3: what i learned about the black struggle for freedomfabiorojas

Tue, 20 Dec 2016 00:01:17 +0000

What I learned from my students and my co-teacher. This is the last post in my series about what I learned from teaching an intensive six week seminar for really, really, really ridiculously gifted and talented high school students. Here, I’ll describe the actual content of the course and what I learned from teaching it. […](image)

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in memoriam: pauline oliverosfabiorojas

Sun, 18 Dec 2016 00:20:14 +0000

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charles bidwell: 1932-2016fabiorojas

Thu, 15 Dec 2016 00:26:00 +0000

Charles Bidwell passed away a few weeks ago. He was a professor of sociology and education at the University of Chicago and well loved by his students. He was one of the most prominent researchers in education in the mid 20th century, so you’ll likely see tributes and commentary from education researchers in the months […](image)

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thinking carefully about the dangers of a trump administrationfabiorojas

Wed, 14 Dec 2016 00:55:06 +0000

There have been a few responses to Donald Trump’s surprise victory last month. On the left, many immediately jump to the conclusion that he’s a new sort of Hitler.  On the right, there’s been a sort of sigh of relief. The dreaded Clinton machine is now banished. I am not happy with Trump, but on […](image)

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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 – abstracts due Feb. 3, 2017katherinechen

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 21:16:43 +0000

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 the SASE submission site by Feb. 3, 2017.  Accepted presenters will need to provide a full paper by June 1, 2017 for discussion.  Please circulate to this cfp […](image)

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telluride thoughts 2: what i learned from my studentsfabiorojas

Tue, 13 Dec 2016 00:15:23 +0000

Telluride Thoughts 1 In this post, I want to tell you about what I learned from my students. To review, last summer, I taught a six week long seminar on “The Black Struggle for Freedom” for uber gifted high school students. We read everything from abolitionist writings to Octavia Butler’s novel, Kindred. First, of all, […](image)

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the democrats’ urban/rural problem, 1918 editionjeffguhin

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 16:25:44 +0000

I recently discovered an important little book from the 1960’s, written about an era 40 years prior.  David Burner was a well-regarded history professor who passed away only a few years ago, probably most famous for his biography of Herbert Hoover.  Yet his dissertation book is what struck me, titled The Politics of Provincialism: The […](image)

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honey, we have to talk about searsfabiorojas

Mon, 12 Dec 2016 00:36:06 +0000

A little while back, I asked how Sears was able to survive as a firm. Once a titan of the American economy, Sears was now a shell of its former self. From a write up in Salon (!) magazine: Sears Holdings, which owns Sears and Kmart, reported on Thursday a loss of $748 million for […](image)

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Sun, 11 Dec 2016 00:18:21 +0000

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sociology and the legacy of parsonsfabiorojas

Fri, 09 Dec 2016 00:01:51 +0000

In this post, I want to think about how Parsons and structural functionalism has influenced modern sociology. I have been thinking about this since I got a hostile peer review for an early draft of Theory for the Working Sociologist. In the first draft of the book, I began with a very uncontroversial stance. In […](image)

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open borders and the rawls-munger testfabiorojas

Thu, 08 Dec 2016 00:31:27 +0000

While discussing a recent paper on public opinion and slavery in the pre-Civil War South on Econ Talk, Michael Munger gets into the arguments made for slavery: Munger: …  what Montesquieu asked was this: ‘We always hear people talking about how great slavery is. And you say, well, slavery is beneficial to you and it’s […](image)

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socarxiv is launchedepoppcropped-banner2

Wed, 07 Dec 2016 15:46:32 +0000

Over the summer, SocArXiv announced its development. What is SocArXiv, you ask? It’s a free, open source, open access depository for prepublication versions of papers — a way to get your work out there faster, and to more people. Think SSRN or Academia or ResearchGate, but not-for-profit (SSRN is now owned by Elsevier) and fundamentally committed to […](image)

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telluride thoughts 1: what i learned from dr. abegundefabiorojas

Tue, 06 Dec 2016 18:13:31 +0000

This past summer, I had the opportunity to teach a six week long seminar called “The Black Struggle for Freedom,” sponsored by the Telluride Association. The seminar is aimed at gifted high school students who want to immerse themselves in a particular topic. I taught a seminar that was an interdisciplinary exploration of how African Americans […](image)

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echoes of espeland: competing rationalities in the dakota access pipelineepoppgettyimages-5994379081

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 23:11:28 +0000

Yesterday, the Army Corps of Engineers announced a temporary halt to the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) project. It stated that it would explore alternative routes for the pipeline that would, presumably, avoid the areas of deep concern to the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe. The DAPL story has been in the news on and off since […](image)

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poll: faithless electorsfabiorojas

Mon, 05 Dec 2016 04:35:31 +0000

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chenyue @flying partridgefabiorojas

Sun, 04 Dec 2016 00:06:56 +0000

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book forum 2016?fabiorojas

Fri, 02 Dec 2016 19:08:51 +0000

I think it’s time to do a book forum for Spring 2016. What do you want to see? 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street (image)

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why obama won 53 counties in iowa and clinton won 6epoppiowa-2008iowa-2016

Thu, 01 Dec 2016 15:48:56 +0000

Iowa in 2008, Iowa in 2016 So there are a thousand reasons Trump won the election, right? There’s race, there’s class, there’s gender. There’s Clinton as a candidate, and Trump as a candidate, the changing media environment, the changing economic environment, and the nature of the primary fields. It’s not either-or, it’s all of the […](image)

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dan hirschman discusses go’s new postcolonial theory bookfabiorojas

Wed, 30 Nov 2016 00:20:05 +0000

Over at Scatterplot, Dan Hirschman has a lengthy discussion of Julian Go’s new book on postcolonial theory. The issue? How should sociology think about the strand of humanities based theory stemming from folks like Gayatri Spivak and Homi Bhaba? Postcolonial Thought tries to reconcile the seemingly incompatible: postcolonial theory, represented in the work of humanists […](image)

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who’s afraid of w.e.b. dubois?fabiorojas

Tue, 29 Nov 2016 00:08:54 +0000

At the Social Science History Association meetings, I was part of the Author Meets Critics panel about The Scholar Denied, Aldon Morris’ book on the career of W.E.B. DuBois and the institutions that shape academic discourse. The panel included Vilna Bashi Treitler and Melissa F. Weiner. The conversation was interesting and focused on how DuBois […](image)

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