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saida grundy discusses her experience with attacks on facultyfabiorojas

Thu, 27 Jul 2017 04:31:26 +0000

In the special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies on Black Lives Matter, Saida Grundy discusses here experience when scandal broke over her social media posts: This article examines attacks on black academics as an analytical apparatus for connecting histories of U.S. racial violence to the current state of white backlash against black advancement. Through […](image)

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catholicism and black lives matterfabiorojas

Wed, 26 Jul 2017 00:28:47 +0000

More from the special issue of Ethnic and Racial Studies – Kevin C. Winstead provides a fascinating ethnography of how religion and social movements come together in Black Lives Matter: This ethnographic study examines how Black Catholics identify with and respond to the Black Lives Matter movement. The study follows several national Black Catholic gatherings since […](image)

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Sun, 23 Jul 2017 04:35:54 +0000

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  (image)

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on inequality and academic publishing (and how google scholar is like the sat)jeffguhin

Sat, 22 Jul 2017 02:24:25 +0000

How does our publishing define us?  And why is publishing the way professors are defined?  Chad Wellmon* and Andrew Piper have a really interesting paper that combines historical work on the changing definition of a professor alongside some nice quantitative work on who winds up publishing where:  In the case of contemporary university assessment, the […](image)

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“distributed framing” in social movementsfabiorojas

Thu, 20 Jul 2017 04:25:52 +0000

In the special issue on Ethnic and Racial Studies on Black Lives Matters, BGS* Jelani Ince, Clay Davis and myslef break down hashtag networks: This paper focuses on the social media presence of Black Lives Matter (BLM). Specifically, we examine how social media users interact with BLM by using hashtags and thus modify the framing […](image)

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ethnic and racial studies covers black lives matterfabiorojas

Tue, 18 Jul 2017 04:22:14 +0000

Ethnic and Racial Studies has a special issue on Black Lives Matter. From the lead article, an analysis of counter-protest and collective identity: Recent events related to police brutality and the evolution of #BlackLivesMatter provides an empirical case to explore the vitality of social media data for social movements and the evolution of collective identities. […](image)

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the root of thingsfabiorojas

Sun, 16 Jul 2017 04:37:19 +0000

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  (image)

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how to meet with a professor at a conferencejeffguhin

Sat, 15 Jul 2017 20:32:23 +0000

It’s getting close to ASA, and you might be a grad student who wants to meet with a professor. That’s great! You should do it! Or you should at least try. Here are some tips for meeting professors at conferences. (By the way, it’s even better to try these at smaller conferences like SSHA or […](image)

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are publications the great equalizer?jeffguhin

Fri, 14 Jul 2017 16:16:40 +0000

So, as the job market approaches yet again, some questions about grad school, publications, and, well, jobs. It all starts (and ends?) with where you go to grad school of course, and while it’s obviously not arbitrary where you get into grad school, most of us are reflective enough to know that it’s more arbitrary […](image)

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recent souciantfabiorojas

Thu, 13 Jul 2017 04:17:03 +0000

Over at Souciant, run by my friend Charlie Bertsch, some articles of interest: Josh White thinks about Brexit 1 year later “Left Exit Here“ Behzad Yaghmaian asks if universal income will reduce anti-refugee bias Field Recording protest events by “Boombox” Check it out. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for […](image)

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does the protestant ethic matter?jeffguhin

Wed, 12 Jul 2017 19:52:43 +0000

Elizabeth Bruenig has a long review in The Nation on three recent book on Martin Luther, talking about, among other things, how Protestantism set the stage for capitalism and modernity.  The piece, weirdly, doesn’t mention Max Weber at all, or the later questions about whether Weber was right about the Protestant Ethic forming capitalism. For […](image)

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conservative religion on campusjeffguhin

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 21:26:17 +0000

Fredrick deBoer has a piece up on the defunding of higher education he expects given leftist controversies on campus.  It’s worth reading: Meanwhile, in my very large network of professional academics, almost no one recognizes any threat at all. Many, I can say with great confidence, would reply to the poll above with glee. They […](image)

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free speech and the protection of minoritiesfabiorojas

Tue, 11 Jul 2017 04:11:29 +0000

Over at The Atlantic, Musa al-Ghrabi and Jonathan Haidt argue for free speech, as a protection for minorities. They note that public schools are highly susceptible to external interference: Here’s why this matters: In virtue of their heavy reliance on taxpayer funding and major donors, public colleges are much more receptive to calls from outside the university to punish faculty […](image)

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the spiritual practice of self-evaluationjeffguhin

Mon, 10 Jul 2017 19:28:04 +0000

I’m doing my two year review right now, which, given that this is UCLA, is due a year in advance.  So I’ve been here a little less than a year and I’m evaluating what I’ve done.  It’s a lot of work, and it’s somewhat soul-crushing remembering the goals I had and then seeing what I’ve […](image)

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critiquing criticical realismjeffguhin

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 16:58:03 +0000

So let it be known: not all the orgtheory bloggers dislike critical realism. My aesthetic disposition, of course, is a function of particular field formations: Phil Gorski was my dissertation chair and I did some research for him on critical realism near the end of graduate school. Reading Margaret Archer helped pay my bills. I wrote […](image)

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how would you fix this journal?fabiorojas

Wed, 05 Jul 2017 04:22:38 +0000

On Facebook, Daniel Laurison started this discussion. With his permission, I have reposted it: Sociologists, how would you change/improve the journal submission & review process, if you could? I’ve recently become an editor of the British Journal of Sociology, and we are making some changes to make things more sensible, transparent, and efficient. What would […](image)

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has trinity college gone too far?fabiorojas

Tue, 04 Jul 2017 04:00:30 +0000

Last week, Trinity College announced the suspension of Johnny Williams, an associate professor of sociology. According to Inside Higher Education: Williams last week shared an article from Medium called “Let Them Fucking Die.” The piece argues that “indifference to their well-being is the only thing that terrifies” bigots, and so people of color should “Let. Them. Fucking. […](image)

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friends don’t let friends do critical realismfabiorojas

Mon, 03 Jul 2017 04:01:11 +0000

Over at the American Journal of Sociology, Neil Gross, frankly, rips critical realism a new one in a review of two books (Douglas Porpora’s Reconstructing Sociology: The Critical Realist Approach and Margaret Archer’s book, The Relational Subject). First, Gross notes that critical realists don’t seem to have a grasp on what sociology is actually about: Porpora’s argument for […](image)

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recent dj qbertfabiorojas

Sun, 02 Jul 2017 04:01:11 +0000

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  (image)

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eason, zucker and wildeman on rural mass incarcerationfabiorojas

Fri, 30 Jun 2017 04:00:00 +0000

John Eason, Danielle Zucker, and Christopher Wildeman have a new article in the Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science on the unexpectedly high incarceration rate in rural areas: Academic work on crime and punishment has focused mostly on urban centers, leaving rural communities understudied, except for acknowledgement that rural communities warehouse […](image)

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regnerus’ three mistakesfabiorojas

Thu, 29 Jun 2017 04:30:38 +0000

I was having a conversation a little while ago about scandals in sociology and the topic of of Regnerus’s article came up. That was the article in 2012 that claimed that children of same sex parents had bad life outcomes. My conversation partner suggested that Regnerus’ mistake was in asking the question. I don’t think […](image)

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do we need illegal firms?fabiorojas

Wed, 28 Jun 2017 04:12:29 +0000

Over at Harvard Business Review, Benjamin Edelman argues that Uber’s ultimate problem isn’t bad corporate culture. It’s being an organization that is premised on being illegal. To quote: But I suggest that the problem at Uber goes beyond a culture created by toxic leadership. The company’s cultural dysfunction, it seems to me, stems from the […](image)

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hearing is believing – a documentary about rachel flowersfabiorojas

Tue, 27 Jun 2017 04:16:24 +0000

I recently saw the documentary “Hearing is Believing,” which is about the musician Rachel Flowers. The movie focuses on how Flowers, who has been blind since birth, became a musical prodigy. Like many films that focus on talented people with disabilities, Hearing is Believing tells you about the challenges she faced as a young person and […](image)

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tommy curry needs free speech. keeanga-yamahtta taylor needs free speech. alice goffman needs free speech. charles murray needs free speech. they all need free speech.fabiorojas

Mon, 26 Jun 2017 02:51:42 +0000

Last week, Johnny Williams, a professor at Trinity College triggered a nation wide controversy when his statements about White supremacy made national news. The issue isn’t the statement itself, but how it fit into a wider pattern of outrage and threat. Trinity shut down in response to death threats. And it is not the first […](image)

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the 80th percentile isn’t the problemepopp

Wed, 14 Jun 2017 12:15:02 +0000

Okay, so I know three days is like a thousand years in internet time. But this Sunday Times op-ed, “Stop Pretending You’re Not Rich,” is still bugging me. The title is perfect guilty liberal upper-middle-class New-York-Times-reader clickbait. And sure enough, it was all over my social media feed. But I think the piece gets things […](image)

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will sociology build the wall? on objectivity in social sciencejeffguhin

Sat, 10 Jun 2017 02:11:50 +0000

(The following is a guest post from Barış Büyükokutan) ASA President-Elect Mary Romero’s call to put sociology in the service of social justice by doing away with “false notions of ‘objectivity’” triggered a fierce debate about the public mission of sociology. In opposition to Romero’s position and Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra’s defense of that position, I would […](image)

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this blog sucks hard. why not make it better? (+ blogcation)fabiorojas

Fri, 09 Jun 2017 00:08:00 +0000

Orgheads know that this blog is an endless river of lazy and forgettable writing. The presidential toupee is more grounded than this blog. But you know what? You can make a difference!!! Redeem this blog by sending us your stuff! The benefits: Nearly 100% acceptance rate $0 publication fee Impact factor of .004 We will […](image)

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conflict vs. consensus theory: another bogus teaching distinctionfabiorojas

Thu, 08 Jun 2017 00:02:47 +0000

In a lot of old textbooks, and a few newer ones as well, you get this argument that social theories can be divided up into theories of conflict vs. theories of consensus. Marx is a conflict guy because his theory revolves around class divisions. Durkheim is consensus guy because he talks about social solidarity. Sad! […](image)

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contemporary vs. classic social theory: another bogus teaching distinctionfabiorojas

Wed, 07 Jun 2017 00:01:48 +0000

A while back, I was telling a friend on the phone about my book, Theory for the Working Sociologist. He asked me about it and I said, “it’s social theory but illustrated with modern research.” He then said, “oh, that could be a book for a contemporary theory theory course.” I mumbled, “sure,” but soon […](image)

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stirring a storm in an electoral teacupjeffguhin

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 18:51:43 +0000

(the following is a guest post from Professor Juan Pablo Pardo-Guerra) Following the breaking news of her election as President of the American Sociological Association, Mary Romero’s personal statement made the rounds on Twitter with the usual smattering of commentary. Some voices were critical: they claimed that Romero’s call to “emphasize social justice in sociological […](image)

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dali 17: a review of the dali museum of monterey, californiafabiorojasDali museum

Tue, 06 Jun 2017 00:01:13 +0000

“Dali 17” is the new museum of the work of Salvador Dali in Monterey, California. Technically, it’s a “permanent exhibition” in the renovated Maritime Museum, but for all purposes, it is the new Dali museum of the West Coast. I visited it a while back and I’d like to tell you about it. Dali 17 […](image)

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so long, sweet money: guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Mon, 05 Jun 2017 02:28:54 +0000

Final (I promise!) installment of money month, hosted by Nina Bandelj, Fred Wherry, and Viviana Zelizer. Read the whole series here! Thank you very much for the opportunity to discuss money in May for Org Theory. We hope our posts have enticed you to check out Money Talks: Explaining How Money Really Works. We also […](image)

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allman brothers, jessicafabiorojas

Sun, 04 Jun 2017 00:17:33 +0000

  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  (image)

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money month wrap upfabiorojas

Fri, 02 Jun 2017 00:09:22 +0000

We had a lot of interesting stuff on the blog this month. First, the sociology of money posts by Nina Bandelj, Viviana Zelilzer and Fred Wherry: We are not behavioral economists. Hackers want bitcoin. A giving mood. Policy monies. Money takes the stage. Also, we discussed Mark Granovetter’s new book summarizing his approach to economic […](image)

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granovetter book forum 3: critiques and the future of economic sociologyfabiorojas

Thu, 01 Jun 2017 00:01:52 +0000

In this final post on Society and Economy, I’ll discuss critical points with Granovetter’s text. Please read my previous posts for the overview and what I liked about it. First, let me start with a strange criticism. As I was reading this book, I just kept nodding my head in agreement too many times. Why? […](image)

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policy monies: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Wed, 31 May 2017 08:45:25 +0000

Money Month guest blogging continues with UC Irvine’s Nina Bandelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer In The Social Meaning of Money we see how welfare monies have been argued over and policed. While a more efficient solution would be to provide simple cash transfers rather than attaching strings that cost money to monitor, […](image)

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granovetter book forum – part 2: what economic sociology is all aboutfabiorojas

Tue, 30 May 2017 00:16:42 +0000

We’ve been discussion Mark Granovetter’s new Society and Economy: Framework and Practices. It’s a book that a lot of us in economic sociology/organization theory have been looking forward to – a synthetic treatment of the scholarly field hashed out by Granovetter and his followers. In this post, I’ll focus on what I liked the most. […](image)

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miles davis, little church (1973)fabiorojas

Sun, 28 May 2017 00:01:54 +0000

Trippy, man. Golden, though. 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  (image)

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money takes the stage: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Fri, 26 May 2017 00:12:50 +0000

Money Month guest blogging continues with UC Irvine’s Nina Bandelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer Stephen Dubner’s Tell Me Something I Don’t Know invited Fred Wherry (from minute 13:34 to 18:50) and Lisa Servon (from 31:55 to 37:30) to the stage to talk about money. From a playful take on dirty money to […](image)

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the professor’s omertafabiorojas

Thu, 25 May 2017 00:27:14 +0000

Last week, we got into a discussion about advising relationships that don’t work. In the comments, Ashley Duester posted the following: I have encountered a sort of code of silence and protectionism among professors in which they routinely engage what I can only refer to as “pledges of loyalty” to the college of professors to […](image)

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