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meet me in san diego!!fabiorojassd-tour-1

Wed, 21 Feb 2018 05:34:37 +0000

On Thursday, I will be speaking about public sociology at the Department of Sociology, at UC San Diego. Send me an email for a time and place. Please come by – it will be amazing! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist (discount code: ROJAS – 30% off!!)/From […]


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winter book forum 2018, part 2: what do people actually get out of college?fabiorojas

Mon, 19 Feb 2018 05:01:44 +0000

This Winter, we are discussing Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education. The main issue: We invest a ton in education and it seems to do good. But is that because schooling acts as a filter or because schooling gives your concrete skills or better ways of thinking? If education is mostly a filter (the signalling […]


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sesame street jamfabiorojas

Sun, 18 Feb 2018 05:15:25 +0000

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foxes and hedgehogs in sociology (inspired by James Scott)jeffguhin

Sat, 17 Feb 2018 21:05:43 +0000

I’m about halfway through James Scott’s Against the Grain, and it’s really an amazing book. Scott has admirably gathered research from a dozen different disciplines, telling a story about the founding of civilization, a question that has haunted humans as long as civilization has existed, and that has formed one of the central research poles […]


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defending free speech the right way: three cheers for gabriel rossmanfabiorojas

Fri, 16 Feb 2018 05:12:24 +0000

Recently, a UCLA conservative student group invited Milo Yiannopolous to speak at the campus. Then, UCLA sociologist (and former orgtheory guest) Gabriel Rossman wrote an open letter to the Bruin Republicans urging them to rescind the invitation, which they did. Excerpts from the letter, as published in The Weekly Standard: The most important reason not […]


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if you can buy a gun, you can get a divorce: comments on a recent talk by amy waxfabiorojas

Mon, 12 Feb 2018 05:01:02 +0000

Last week, I was invited to attend a talk by University of Pennsylvania law professor Amy Wax and present comments. You can view Professor Wax’s entire talk, with my response, at this link. The essence of Professor Wax’s comments are as follows. First, the traditional bourgeois family – as articulated in the mid-20th century – […]


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the elementsfabiorojas

Sun, 11 Feb 2018 05:01:51 +0000

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winter 2018 book forum: bryan caplan’s the case against educationfabiorojas

Fri, 09 Feb 2018 07:15:02 +0000

This month, I will write a series of blog posts about Bryan Caplan’s The Case Against Education: Why the Education System is a Waste of Time and Money. Normally, I will summarize a book, then praise it and then offer some criticism. In this case, I will deviate slightly. A lot of people will criticize […]


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the democratic party sucks hard, part 2fabiorojasDemocratic-vote-share-RTW

Wed, 07 Feb 2018 05:15:28 +0000

The Democratic Party sucks hard, part 1. One of the most elementary strategies in electoral politics is protecting your base. Give them stuff, be nice to them, make sure they stay in the party. A recent study suggests that the Democratic party failed even in this task. A recent article from The Nation by Sean […]


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amy wax v. fabiofabiorojas

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 19:15:54 +0000

Tomorrow at noon, I will be a guest at the Ostrom Workshop and the Jack Miller Center, where I will respond to University of Pennsylvania Professor Amy Wax. Her talk is called “What is Happening to the Family and Why?” I will then offer some comments in response to the talk. If you are in […]


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some unique aspects of archival researchfabiorojas

Mon, 05 Feb 2018 05:45:48 +0000

As I noted earlier, I am now teaching a qualitative research methods course on archives. The course has made me reflect on the practice of archival research. Today, a few brief comments on how archival methods differ from what sociologists normally do: Archives are fixed and given, not created through interaction with the interviewer or […]


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physical educationfabiorojas

Sun, 04 Feb 2018 17:01:00 +0000

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submit your papers to the junior theorists conference!!!!!fabiorojas

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 18:10:50 +0000

CALL FOR PAPERS 2018 Junior Theorists Symposium Philadelphia, Pennsylvania August 10, 2018 SUBMISSION DEADLINE: February 8, 2018 by 11:59PM PST We invite submissions of extended abstracts for the 12th Junior Theorists Symposium (JTS), to be held in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on August 10th, 2018, the day before the annual meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA). […]


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the sociologist in despair: a guest post by john c. holleyfabiorojas

Fri, 02 Feb 2018 05:37:37 +0000

John C. Holley is an associate professor of sociology at Suffolk University. This guest post is a reflection on overlooked theories in sociology. At university as an undergraduate, I thought that since the founding fathers Marx, Durkheim and Weber said nothing about sociologically important topics like marriage (the family), society being sociological (as distinct from […]


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vote for chelsea manning – anarchist for senate!fabiorojas

Wed, 31 Jan 2018 05:33:08 +0000

The American Conservative has an interesting article by Jason Lee Byas on the senate candidacy of Chelsea Manning. The gist is that Manning will use the senate run as an attempt to inject certain important, but unpopular, ideas into the political system: If Chelsea Manning were to miraculously win both the Democratic primary and general […]


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the law and social inequalityfabiorojas

Mon, 29 Jan 2018 05:01:25 +0000

A simple question was asked of me: In what ways does the law increase or decrease social inequality? The answer, I think, depends a great deal on which dimensions of the law one looks at. I’ll stick to the US, since that is what I know, but I think the lessons may apply to other […]


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the welfare objection to open borders: i don’t buy itfabiorojas

Tue, 23 Jan 2018 05:01:49 +0000

In discussion of open borders and free migration, you often hear the following: Wouldn’t open borders undermine the welfare state because natives would stop voting for social programs to prevent immigrants from getting benefits? Let me start with a point of agreement. Yes, it is true that some people will become skeptical toward social welfare […]


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november woods, arnold bax (1917)fabiorojas

Sun, 21 Jan 2018 05:01:10 +0000

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civil rights and open bordersfabiorojas

Mon, 15 Jan 2018 03:36:41 +0000

We no longer live in a society where the government bans African Americans from living in certain neighborhoods or taking certain jobs. The abolition of legalized segregation is one of the enduring achievements of the civil rights movement. It deserves to be praised and commemorated. But a real commitment to civil rights doesn’t end with […]


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a ceremony of carolsfabiorojas

Sun, 14 Jan 2018 05:21:40 +0000

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new book spotlight: approaches to ethnographykatherinechenApproachestoEthnographyCoverPhoto

Sat, 13 Jan 2018 16:55:49 +0000

New book alert!  For those prepping a methods course or wanting additional insight into ethnography as a research method, sociologists Colin Jerolmack and Shamus Khan*  have co-edited an anthology Approaches to Ethnography: Analysis and Representation in Participant Observation (2017, Oxford University Press).** In Approaches to Ethnography, several ethnographers, including myself, have contributed chapters that delve into […]


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the new “most interesting man in the world:” a commentaryfabiorojas

Fri, 12 Jan 2018 05:16:30 +0000

In 2016, Dos Equis beer revealed that they would retire Jonathan Goldsmith as their signature “most interesting man in the world” character. To attract younger drinkers, they introduced a new, younger “most interesting man” actor – Augustin Legrand. The reviews haven’t been great and I want to get into why I think the newer stuff […]


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teaching archival methods for graduate studentsfabiorojas

Thu, 11 Jan 2018 05:01:29 +0000

In an interesting twist, I am teaching a graduate course in qualitative methods. Because many of our ethnographers are on sabbatical, someone needed to offer qualitative methods. So I am offering a course on archival methods. It’s very, very rare that a sociology program will offer a course on this topic. It is also fairly […]


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in NYC spring 2018 semester? looking for a PhD-level course on “Change and Crisis in Universities?”katherinechen

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 20:12:42 +0000

Are you a graduate student in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium or a CUNY graduate student?*  If so, please consider taking “Change & Crisis in Universities: Research, Education, and Equity in Uncertain Times” class at the Graduate Center, CUNY.  This course is cross-listed in the Sociology, Urban Education and Interdisciplinary Studies programs. Ruth Milkman and I […]


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(1) new sase submission deadline and (2) new grant available for researchers studying alternatives to hierarchical organizationkatherinechen

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 19:32:09 +0000

Happy 2018, everyone!  Two announcements: The SASE conference submission deadline has been extended to Jan. 29, 2018.  Please consider submitting to the “alternatives to capitalism” network that I’m co-organizing. A new fellowship of interest to those studying worker cooperatives and similar organizational forms is now available via Rutgers University: The Bill & Connie Nobles Fellowship […]


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three cheers for california!fabiorojas

Mon, 08 Jan 2018 08:10:02 +0000

Marijuana is now legal in the state of California and a few other states. I applaud this move. I am glad that the arrests and criminalization are coming to an end. The ingestion of narcotics should be treated the way we treat alcohol. It should be legal and you should only be prosecuted if your […]


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Ibarra + kulintangfabiorojas

Sun, 07 Jan 2018 08:14:40 +0000

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students evaluations are garbage and so are letters of recommendation – but NOT gre scores, haters!fabiorojas

Fri, 05 Jan 2018 04:53:49 +0000

For a long time, I believed that student evaluations were valid measures of teaching effectiveness. My belief was based on the following issues. First, there are a fair number of studies that claim a correlation between student evaluations and learning. The critics conveniently overlook this literature. Second, I believed that students can spot a miserable […]


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social position and the flatness of autobiography: the case of hancock’s possibilitiesfabiorojas

Tue, 02 Jan 2018 08:00:17 +0000

I recently read Herbie Hancock’s Possibilities, his autobiography. Co-authored by Lisa Dickey, the book is a fun and engaging recounting of an amazing musical career. After reading it, I consulted the reviews. Casual readers, musicians and jazz fans I presume, pretty much give it a standing ovation. More literary audiences – book reviewers – find […]


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cantaloupe islandfabiorojas

Sun, 31 Dec 2017 08:00:46 +0000

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markets, opportunity, and justicefabiorojas

Thu, 28 Dec 2017 06:45:12 +0000

At the Winter commencement at Indiana University, one of our speakers, tech business leader Fred Luddy, made a very interesting comment. Basically, he said that life in a market isn’t fair, but there are always more opportunities. I am not sure if he appreciated the depth of the remark, but if you reflect upon it, […]


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biology and gender differences in personalityepopp

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 21:01:19 +0000

Andy Perrin responded on Scatterplot to a Twitter debate that happened yesterday and I couldn’t resist adding two cents. It started with a link posted by Nicholas Christakis to a review article on gender differences in personality across societies. The main claim of the article is that gender differences in personality are larger in more […]


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the challenge in teaching behavioral geneticsfabiorojas

Wed, 20 Dec 2017 19:08:14 +0000

In some of my courses, I will include a lecture or two on behavioral genetics, as a way to let students know about the area of research where we use biological ideas to understand human behavior. I am usually frustrated because students always take away the wrong lesson. Examples: Fabio: Shared parents explain more of […]


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cfp ‘Alternatives to Capitalism’ SASE Research Network Conference, due Jan. 29, 2018 (note extended deadline!)katherinechen

Fri, 15 Dec 2017 17:35:58 +0000

As you may remember the cfp I posted almost a year ago, Joyce Rothschild and I co-organized a mini-conference “Seeking a More Just and Egalitarian Economy: Realizing the Future via Co-operatives, Communes, and Other Collectives” at the Society for the Advancement of Socio-Economics (SASE) 2017 annual meeting in Lyon, France.  We had a great turn-out from […]


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why contemporary architecture sucks and why economic sociology is the future we’ve been waiting forSean Safford

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 15:19:43 +0000

Biranna Rennix and Nathan Robinson have a long, but well-written essay called “Why You Hate Contemporary Architecture, and If You Don’t Why You Should”.  The hook: name one example of a building built in the last 70 years that stands up to anything built before the War?  You, like me, probably have a hard time […]


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one possible policy to address harassment in the academyfabiorojas

Wed, 13 Dec 2017 05:01:16 +0000

It is hard to prevent or control harassment in the academy because graduate students and post-docs often rely exclusively on a single person for professional support. Thus, if your adviser or supervisor acts inappropriately, it is very, very hard to find a replacement without wrecking your career. This fits with a more general theory that […]


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harassment, destroyed careers, and returns to human capitalfabiorojas

Mon, 11 Dec 2017 05:01:08 +0000

One of the consequences of #metoo is the burst of media stories about victims of harassment and abuse. One such story is about the actress Anabelle Sciora, whose career was on the rise before she was allegedly assaulted by Harvey Weinstein. Friends describe her withdrawal and decline in Hollywood. This story shares much in common […]


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comparone plays scarlattifabiorojas

Sun, 10 Dec 2017 05:01:46 +0000

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book spotlight: the work of art by alison gerberfabiorojasworkofart

Fri, 08 Dec 2017 05:01:53 +0000

The Work of Art is a new book by Alison Gerber, a sociologist who studies the sociology of culture. The book is a great exploration of how artists manage the self. This is an important issues because artists are pulled in different directions. Sometimes, artists are supposed to by guided by aesthetic values, at other […]


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sociology journal reviewing is dumb (except soc sci and contexts) and computer conference reviewing is the way to go. seriously.fabiorojas

Wed, 06 Dec 2017 05:01:48 +0000

This post is an argument for moving away from the current model of sociology journal reviewing and adopting the computer science model. Before I get into it, I offer some disclaimers: I do not claim that the CS conference system is more egalitarian or produces better reviews. Rather, my claim is that it is more […]


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