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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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unresolved controversy blegfabiorojas

Mon, 28 Nov 2016 00:33:12 +0000

Installing Order, the sociology of science and technology blog, has a request – can you identify scholarly work about unresolved scientific controversies?  I need your help: anybody know a few research papers or a book specifically about unresolved controversies? It would be terrific if there was some conceptualization, or even a functional analysis of the […](image)

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classical music for social scientistsfabiorojas

Sun, 27 Nov 2016 00:04:19 +0000

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be safe, enjoy the holidayfabiorojas

Wed, 23 Nov 2016 00:01:49 +0000

The blog will be back post holiday. Be safe and enjoy life. Now, for something completely different… 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street(image)

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jesse singal discusses effective protestfabiorojas

Tue, 22 Nov 2016 03:59:42 +0000

At Science of Us, New York Magazine’s blog about behavioral science, Jesse Singal has a lengthy feature on the topic of how to be effective at protest, especially in the Trump era (I still cringe when writing that): Which raises some obvious questions: What is the best, most efficient way to channel this energy? What […](image)

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critique of a recent ajs genetics paper: levi-martin v. guo, li, wang, cai and duncanfabiorojas

Mon, 21 Nov 2016 03:29:54 +0000

John Levi-Martin has written a comment on a recent paper by Guo, Li, Wang, Cai, and Duncan  claiming that the social contagion of binge drinking associated with a medium genetic propensity. Levi-Martin claims that GLWCD having simply misread their data: Guo, Li, Wang, Cai and Duncan (2015) recently claimed to have provided evidence for a general […](image)

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tournier sonatinefabiorojas

Sun, 20 Nov 2016 00:01:22 +0000

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social science did ok with the 2016 election but not greatfabiorojasmasket-graph

Tue, 15 Nov 2016 00:01:56 +0000

From Seth Masket at Pacific Standard. People have been having meltdowns over polls, but I’m a bit more optimistic. When you look at what social science has to say about elections, it did ok last week. I am going to avoid poll aggregators like Nate Silver because they don’t fully disclose what they do and […](image)

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the progressive explosion is herefabiorojas

Mon, 14 Nov 2016 00:04:46 +0000

Originally, I was going to write a detailed post about how Clinton 2’s campaign created the Rust Belt Bungle. The Washington Post has done the job for me, with a detailed analysis of the campaign’s missteps. But before I drop the discussion of the Clinton 2 campaign, I also want to concur with critics of […](image)

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civic problems: time vs money and working together vs liking each otherjeffguhin

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:53:56 +0000

I wrote an article for Slate recently that tried to get at the problem of democratic culture and a public or (civic) sphere in an increasingly atomized world.  There’s a lot to say about this, but my basic argument (pulling from Taylor’s ethics of authenticiy and this consumerist notion of “being your best self”) is […](image)

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2017 JTS Call for Submissionsjeffguhin

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 19:01:01 +0000

CALL FOR ABSTRACTS 2017 Junior Theorists Symposium Montreal, Quebec, Canada August 11, 2017 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 20, 2017 We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 11th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada on August 11th, 2017, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). The […](image)

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blues for my friends (ambrosetti & allen 2016)fabiorojas

Sun, 13 Nov 2016 00:01:28 +0000

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talking to your kids about the electionfabiorojas

Fri, 11 Nov 2016 15:23:56 +0000

At the Market Watch podcast, I had a nice discussion about how to talk to your kids about election. Discussion with Market Watch’s Catey Hill and Quentin Fottrell and book publicist Helena Brantley. What do you say your children about politics? 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street (image)

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rust belt bungle theoryfabiorojas

Thu, 10 Nov 2016 00:05:27 +0000

We now have a lot more detail about Tuesday’s vote. Let’s start basic facts: Clinton 2 is ahead of Trump in the popular vote. Once the absentee ballots are counted, she’ll likely have a slim victory of about 200,000 votes or so. The electoral college was determined by very narrow margins in Midwest states: WI (27k […](image)

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things i’m more worried about, things i’m less worried about, and things i’m not that worried about, really, but that i’m worried about them at all is friggin’ terrifyingjeffguhin

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 16:23:01 +0000

Trump won. Expertise is useless. Knowledge is perspectival. I am the best race scholar.* Do with this what you will: my list of things to worry about more, less, and maybe but holy smokes that’s scary it’s even possible. Things I’m Less Worried About 1. The Wall and Deportations. It’s possible, of course, but it […](image)

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first take on election 2016fabiorojas

Wed, 09 Nov 2016 05:07:37 +0000

In no particular order: The polls got HRC correct. She’ll probably get about 47% of the vote. Trump over performed and pulled independents and Johnson supporters. He’ll get about 49%. Strategically, there were massive blunders. HRC lost states that not Democrat has lost since 1988: New Hampshire and Pennsylvania (unless, Philly reports a last minute […](image)

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the gop after 2016fabiorojas

Tue, 08 Nov 2016 00:11:27 +0000

The Democratic Party is pretty much the Democratic Party we’ve had since 1992. A member of the Clinton network is at the top of the ticket and HRC very likely to win. The coalition behind the ticket is stable, educated urban voters and minorities. In contrast, the GOP has serious issues no matter who wins: […](image)

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just in time for Nov. 8, election day in the USkatherinechen

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 17:44:20 +0000

Hot off the press, a study about how interactions with law enforcement and prison impact political participation in the US: “RACE, JUSTICE, POLICING, AND THE 2016 AMERICAN PRESIDENTIAL ELECTION” by Kevin Drakulich, John Hagan, Devon Johnson, and Kevin H. Wozniak DOI: Abstract Scholars have long been interested in the intersection of race, crime, justice, […](image)

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open thread on election 2016fabiorojas

Mon, 07 Nov 2016 05:01:33 +0000

What is the “sociological” take on election 2016? Use the comments. Tell us what you think! A selection of orgtheory related election posts: Elections, media and the public good. Bernie in the Street The Progressive Explosion in the Democratic Party Trump symposium What to do with Trump voters? The Party Decides Model Predictions: Readers – […](image)

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powerdove, sunday morningfabiorojas

Sun, 06 Nov 2016 00:45:03 +0000

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how we abandoned the idea that media should serve the public interestepopp

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 11:39:42 +0000

Yesterday the New Republic wrote about how little attention has been paid to policy in the current election. In 2008, the network news programs devoted 220 minutes to policy; this year, it’s been a mere 32 minutes. The piece goes on to bemoan the decline of the public-interest obligation once held by broadcasters (and which […](image)

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driverless cars vs. police departmentsfabiorojas

Thu, 03 Nov 2016 00:15:37 +0000

In my view, driverless cars are revolutionary. At the very least, they will eliminate a major health problem – auto injuries and fatalities. No system will be accident free, but driverless cars will be better at driving that most humans, they don’t get drunk, and they won’t drive recklessly. There is another social consequence of […](image)

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the parking lot theory of third partiesfabiorojas

Wed, 02 Nov 2016 00:01:28 +0000

Right now, we aren’t seeing a collapse of Donald Trump. Instead, we’re seeing (a) Clinton 2 steady at about 45% in the four way race and (b) Trump moving from about 40% to 43%. That means that the third party vote is collapsing. Johnson is dropping from a summer high of 10% to 4%. How […](image)

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once again, halloween is the best holidayfabiorojas

Tue, 01 Nov 2016 00:28:25 +0000

I’ve often argued that Halloween is clearly and obviously the best holiday. Let me restate the case: Low social expectations. If you drop out and don’t do it, no one cares. Low cost. Just buy a bag of candy and you’re ready to go. Cheap costumes (or none) total acceptable. Be anything you want to […](image)

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scary stuff, continued: researcher misconductkatherinechenunfinishedthesispumpkin

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 16:48:48 +0000

On All Hallow’s Eve, it’s time to flip off the lights, take out the flashlight to illuminate our faces from below, and swap scary stories.  For some of us, the scary stuff lurks constantly, just around the corner where we work: the unfinished thesis, courtesy of Academia Obscura: But, far worse horrors exist – namely, […](image)

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new ways to measure movements via hyper network samplingfabiorojas

Mon, 31 Oct 2016 01:34:49 +0000

Rory, from the home office in South Bend, sends me links to new social movement research. A major question in social movement research is how you measure contentious politics. A lot of our sources are notoriously incomplete, such as media accounts. Kriage Bayerln, Peter Barwis, Bryant Crubaugh, and Cole Carnesecca use hypernetwork sampling (asking a […](image)

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the internet and the future of academic publishingepopp

Wed, 26 Oct 2016 17:28:44 +0000

[Just in time for Open Access Week, the following is a guest post by Heather Haveman, professor of sociology and business at Berkeley.] Last Friday, I attended a fascinating talk at the Berkeley Institute for Data Science by Lenny Teytelman, a computational biologist and cofounder of, a platform for sharing experimental protocols (recipes, if […](image)

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scary stuff trigger alertkatherinechenJoshdeLeeuwscarypumpkin2015.jpg

Tue, 25 Oct 2016 23:07:49 +0000

Well, it’s the scariest time of year.  For some, the scariest stuff reaches its apotheosis on Election Day, Nov. 8, while for others, Halloween is the celebration of choice.  For a sociological take on the Oct. 31st festivities, check out Sociological Images’s compendium of Halloween blog posts. I’ve been counting down these weeks to recommend […](image)

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appealing journal rejectionsepopp

Mon, 24 Oct 2016 18:39:43 +0000

[The following is a guest post from Joe Gibbons, assistant professor at San Diego State.] One of the best kept secrets in the world of journal publishing is appealing a journal rejection. In the 4 or so years that I have been actively trying to get my work published, I have successfully appealed two desk […](image)

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black mirror’s nosedive episode; also sf and social theoryjeffguhin

Sun, 23 Oct 2016 00:36:59 +0000

If you don’t already watch Black Mirror, it’s worth checking out, especially now that you get can get every episode on Netflix. It’s a wonderful science fiction/horror anthology, sort of a modern Twilight Zone, but with more of a focus on technology. The first episode of the latest season, Nosedive (see some reviews here and […](image)

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