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the post-racist society vs. donald j. trumpfabiorojas

Wed, 16 Aug 2017 05:10:59 +0000

The central tragedy of America is the treatment of non-whites. From Indian wars, to slavery, to segregation, to internment camps, to deportations, to Guantanamo, American society has often betrayed its ideals. But the American story is also one of progress, not stagnation. From time to time, change does happen and it is good. In my […](image)

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at ASA? come to the blog partyepopp

Sun, 13 Aug 2017 12:57:26 +0000

At ASA? Looking for something to do this afternoon? Like free food? Come to the blog party! 4-7pm today (Sunday Aug. 13) at Le Vieux Dublin. Full details here: Hors d’oeuvres sponsored by SocArXiv. Hope to see you there!(image)

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the role of polemics (and emotions) in academic workjeffguhin

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 14:56:42 +0000

I’m here in Montreal at various pre-ASA conferences, and people are still talking about “Talk is Cheap,” Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan’s provocative article about the problems with interviews and the superiority of participant-observation. I don’t want to get into the argument of “Talk is Cheap” in this post (I wrote about it a bit […](image)

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what problems do people think antitrust is going to solve?epopp

Thu, 10 Aug 2017 13:33:43 +0000

Last week, I asked why antitrust is having a moment (it’s continued, on Planet Money and elsewhere), and why Democrats are using radical language to make fairly modest proposals. In this post, I’m going to ask what problems people think antitrust is going to solve, anyway. Certainly a lot of the current concern about antitrust […](image)

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let’s talk theory at ASAfabiorojasbook cover

Wed, 09 Aug 2017 02:08:38 +0000

Dear Fellow Sociologists: Columbia University Press is kind enough to host a book signing at ASA for the Theory book. If you are around on Saturday 4:30 to 6, come to the book area. Also, my editor, the amazing Eric Schwartz, will announce times where you can meet other amazing sociologists. Check the Columbia U […](image)

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why your asa section should open its paper awardepopp

Sun, 06 Aug 2017 12:28:34 +0000

I guess I’m blogging again. I went off on this on Twitter, so thought I might as well throw it up on here too. At ASA next week, SocArXiv is meeting with nine different sections to talk about the possibility of “opening” section paper awards. What does this mean? We’d like to see ASA sections make […](image)

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should grad students stop publishing? (or: why philosophers need sociology)jeffguhin

Sat, 05 Aug 2017 17:52:54 +0000

(This is a guest post from Samuel Loncar in response to David Velleman’s “The Publication Emergency”) In his recent post at The Daily Nous, David Velleman of New York University and Philosopher’s Imprint argues that graduate students should stop publishing articles and that departments and journals should create organizational pressure to prevent student publications. Professor Velleman’s post […](image)

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the democrats can’t decide how radical they want to be on antitrustepopp

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 15:04:02 +0000

The other day I wrote about the current moment in the spotlight for antitrust. (Here’s the latest along these lines from Noah Smith.) Today I’ll say something about the new Democratic proposals on antitrust and how to think about them in terms of the larger policy space. The Democrats are basically proposing three things. First, […](image)

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we should thank malcolm gladwell and send him flowersfabiorojas

Thu, 03 Aug 2017 04:39:50 +0000

What if I told you that a popular writer recently published a book that neatly summarizes modern inequality research for the masses and depicts sociology in a very positive light? You’d be happy, right? And you might want to know who that person is, right? Well, I just spent some time rereading Malcolm Gladwell’s Outliers, […](image)

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how to stop reading rumor websitesfabiorojas

Wed, 02 Aug 2017 04:01:03 +0000

Wasting too much time on gossip web sites? Can’t help yourself from spreading malicious rumors? I have an E-Z solution!!! Copy this email address: Every time you read, or comment, on a garbage rumor website, use PayPal to send $5 to the address listed in step #1. You might ask, “Why not donate to […](image)

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why antitrust now?epopp

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 13:51:59 +0000

Antitrust is having a moment. A couple of years ago, with the possible exception of complaining about never-ending airline mergers, no one paid attention to antitrust debates. Today, it’s all over the place. A few months ago, it was the Economist proclaiming “America Needs a Giant Dose of Competition.” Last month it was Amazon and […](image)

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zones of the sociology job marketfabiorojas

Tue, 01 Aug 2017 04:33:38 +0000

Academic job markets are odd. They are “thin,” in the sense that there are relatively few buyers. And they are balkanized in the sense that there all kinds of weird niches. And they are fluctuating, in the sense that trends come and go. Despite all that, sociology, like most disciplines, have consistent “streams of jobs” […](image)

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to boliviafabiorojas

Sun, 30 Jul 2017 04:38:51 +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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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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