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want to know how academic books are published? listen to ericfabiorojas

Tue, 25 Apr 2017 00:22:31 +0000

Eric Schwartz, of the Columbia University Press, gives a nice summary of how academic publishing works. From the Emory University Center for Faculty Development and Excellence. 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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top secret: get 30% off new theory bookfabiorojas

Mon, 24 Apr 2017 00:42:30 +0000

If you buy this amazing new social theory book, use “ROJAS” as the promo code and get 30% off. Why? Because I like you. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street(image)

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andrew hill, solo performance (1975)fabiorojas

Sun, 23 Apr 2017 00:00:08 +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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it’s all about contextsfabiorojas

Fri, 21 Apr 2017 00:01:33 +0000

It is my pleasure to announce that Rashawn Ray and I will join Contexts as the new editors in Winter 2018. Contexts: Understanding People in Their Social worlds is the ASA’s magazine which brings the cutting edge of sociology to the public. Rashawn and I are humbled by the appointment. A lot of top notch people […](image)

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don’t make ethnography anonymous – new article by jerolmack and murphyfabiorojas

Thu, 20 Apr 2017 00:01:02 +0000

In Sociological Research and Methods, Colin Jerolmack and Alexandra K. Murphy ask if we should use people’s names in quantitative research. We’ve discussed this idea before and now you can read the final article. The abstract: Masking, the practice of hiding or distorting identifying information about people, places, and organizations, is usually considered a requisite feature […](image)

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on writing in sociologyjeffguhin

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 16:13:43 +0000

In light of Matt Desmond winning a Pulitzer for Evicted, I think it’s worth thinking about why sociologists don’t get this kind of recognition more often.  Well, you might say, we just don’t write for a mass audience like that.  That’s not the point. We’re developing science. Okay, sure.  It’s a fair point that Desmond’s […](image)

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the most metal words of all timefabiorojasTag Cloud of All Metal Lyrics

Wed, 19 Apr 2017 01:46:58 +0000

At Degenerate State, there was an interesting post where someone applied natural language processing models to heavy metal lyrics. From the article: To get the lyrics, I scraped While darklyrics doesn’t have a robots.txt file, I tried to be gentle with my requests. After cleaning the data up, identifying the languages and splitting albums […](image)

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russian and chinese control of social mediafabiorojas

Tue, 18 Apr 2017 00:17:41 +0000

Last week, I was asked to be a discussant on a panel for a conference on Russian media. I responded to a paper by journalist, Andrei Soldatov, whose paper chronicled the Russian state’s response to social media. The way I summarized it is as follows: As with most states, initial confusion. Then, journalists, and social […](image)

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who are you trying to impress?fabiorojas

Mon, 17 Apr 2017 00:29:28 +0000

In academic writing, we often get the sense that the author is playing a game. They aren’t really trying to address an important problem. Rather, they are trying to impress some audience. All academic disciplines have a version of this. The economist tries to impress the audience by the level of math they use. A sociologist […](image)

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land of passionfabiorojas

Sun, 16 Apr 2017 00:04:12 +0000

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let’s all just mellow outfabiorojas

Fri, 14 Apr 2017 00:16:32 +0000

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race and sovereignty in the american republicfabiorojas

Thu, 13 Apr 2017 00:05:57 +0000

Isaac Arial Reed, associate professor of sociology at the University of Virginia, has a lengthy blog post up at Public Seminar about the interplay of race and government in post-colonial America. His post is a reflection on the military career of Anthony Wayne, an early American general who wages war in the Northwest Territory: But […](image)

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let charles murray speakfabiorojas

Tue, 11 Apr 2017 00:17:33 +0000

On Tuesday evening, Charles Murray will speak at Indiana University. Not surprisingly, his visit has resulted in a bit of discussion on campus. A number of people have immediately wanted to protest the meeting and, like at many campuses, people want “answers.” A lot of my colleagues have acted honorably. While some have jumped to […](image)

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book forum: the conversational firm by catherine turco, part 3fabiorojas

Mon, 10 Apr 2017 01:57:50 +0000

A few weeks ago, I reviewed Catherine Turco’s The Conversational Firm. The book reports on field work conducted at a tech firm and the goal was to understand how social media was reshaping the internal structure of the firm. As I said before, it is a good book that is of strong interest to organizational […](image)

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how to know if you’re scott, and why you should keep posting thingsjeffguhin

Sun, 09 Apr 2017 16:32:40 +0000

So I’m reading James T. Kloppenberg’s magisterial (and very, very long) Toward Democracy for a long overdue book review. One of his central arguments is that democracy requires certain kinds of virtues that, paradoxically, democracy can also help to destroy.  Which gets me thinking about this skit: On balance, last night’s SNL was good but not groundbreaking. […](image)

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jts 2017!jeffguhin

Fri, 07 Apr 2017 18:08:24 +0000

11th Annual Junior Theorists Symposium Friday, August 11, 2017 Université du Québec à Montréal Pavillon De-Sève, 320 St Catherine St E, room DS-R520   8:30 – 9:00 | Coffee and Bagels 9:00 – 10:50 | Panel 1. Discussant: Richard Biernacki (University of California – San Diego) Pablo Gaston (UC Berkeley) Conflict and the Moral Economy: […](image)

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the relevance of organizational sociology for higher education accountability (a guest post by Joshua Brown)jeffguhin

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:29:12 +0000

(Joshua Brown is a doctoral candidate at the University of Virginia Curry School of Education) *if you’d like to write a guest-post, contact Jeff or any of the other bloggers. A different type of impact There has been ongoing discussion about the influence of organizational sociology in broader spheres such as the discipline of sociology itself […](image)

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join SocArXiv at UMD this fallepopp

Tue, 04 Apr 2017 12:10:29 +0000

SocArXiv, the open-access repository for your preprints and working papers, is having its first meeting this fall. Join us October 26-27 at the University of Maryland for O3S: Open Scholarship for the Social Sciences, a symposium that will bring together advocates, practitioners, and researchers on open scholarship in the social sciences and help plan the future […](image)

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in NYC fall 2017 semester? looking for a PhD-level sociology of organizations course to take? (or visit?)katherinechen

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 17:37:17 +0000

Are you a graduate student in the Inter-University Doctoral Consortium?*  If so, please consider taking my “Soc.  84700 Organizations, Markets, & the State” class at the Graduate Center.   At student request, I am teaching this class on the sociology of organizations this fall 2017 on Mondays @11:45am-2:45pm, starting Mon., Aug. 28, 2017. I will […](image)

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the activists: war, peace, and politics in the streetsjeffguhin

Mon, 03 Apr 2017 02:18:26 +0000

Fabio recently showed me a movie co-produced and co-written by his Party in the Street co-author, Michael T. Heaney.  It’s called The Activists: War, Peace, and Politics in the Streets.  It’s worth watching, and showing to students (even if I hope it eventually gets a bit cheaper!). Here’s the blurb at the movie’s website: The Activists: […](image)

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on dreamland and the difference between journalism and sociologyjeffguhin

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 16:04:25 +0000

What’s the difference between journalism and sociology? (I ask as someone who’s gotten article reviews that said my works reads too much like journalism). I just finished, at Gabriel Rossman’s recommendation, Dreamland: The True Tale of America’s Opiate Epidemic, which is an incredibly ambitious (and beautifully executed) work of journalism by Sam Quinones.  It won […](image)

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what to expect from the upcoming pence administrationfabiorojas

Fri, 31 Mar 2017 00:03:35 +0000

A lot of Americans are asking: What will a Pence Administration look like? He’ll be sworn in any day now,  so it is important to get ready. I’ve lived in the great state of Indiana for thirteen years and here is what I’ve learned about the 46th President: Incoming President Pence once said he’s a […](image)

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independent book stores are back!!! a guest post post by clayton childressfabiorojas

Thu, 30 Mar 2017 00:21:45 +0000

Clayton Childress is an Assistant Professor of Sociology at University of Toronto. While making the case for examining the relationships between fields and reuniting the sociological studies of production and reception, Under the Cover empirically follows a works of fiction from start to finish: all the way from its creation, through its production, selling, and […](image)

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rhacel parrenas discusses global laborfabiorojas

Wed, 29 Mar 2017 00:09:29 +0000

Former guest and all around cool person Rhacel Parrenas gave a lecture summarizes her extensive work on global flows of migrant domestic labor. Self recommending! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($5 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working Sociologist/From Black Power/Party in the Street(image)

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the one where we all discuss ‘get out’fabiorojasGeorgina

Tue, 28 Mar 2017 00:01:00 +0000

No, no, no… I think you’ll really like this blog. I didn’t find Get Out to be funny. Nor did I find it scary. I’m not courageous – horror movies don’t deal with the things that truly scare me. But I did find Get Out to be engaging. I want to articulate a thought I’ve been […](image)

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super secret ethnographyfabiorojas

Mon, 27 Mar 2017 04:35:29 +0000

Thomas J. Roulet, Michael J. Gill, Sebastien Stenger and David James Gill have a new article in Organizational Research Methods about the possible value of covert field work.The abstract: In this article, we provide a nuanced perspective on the benefits and costs of covert research. In particular, we illustrate the value of such an approach by focusing […](image)

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book forum: the conversational firm by catherine turco, part 2fabiorojas

Fri, 24 Mar 2017 15:12:21 +0000

This month, we are reviewing Catherine Turco’s Conversational firm. Earlier, I summarized the contents. The book is an ethnographic account of a tech firm that uses social media for internal communication. Turco’s main goal is to advance the argument that social media has substantially altered communications and hierarchy inside firms. Now, I’ll highlight some strong […](image)

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class and collegekatherinechen

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 17:18:15 +0000

When awareness about the impact of socio-economic class was not as prevalent among the public, one exercise I did with my undergraduates at elite institutions was to ask them to identify their class background.  Typically, students self-identified as being in the middle class, even when their families’ household incomes/net worth placed them in the upper class.  […](image)

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orthopraxy vs. orthodoxy and the relevance of religion in the sociology of culturejeffguhin

Wed, 22 Mar 2017 16:23:08 +0000

I’m very grateful to Rod Dreher for such a thoughtful and kind response to my work.  I sent him an e-mail in reply, but I’m actually going to edit it a bit and post it here because it relates to some ongoing conversations in the sociology of culture.  In response to my post about how […](image)

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was the sexual revolution so revolutionary?: on the benedict option and conservative christian models of culturejeffguhin

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 19:16:22 +0000

If you’re at all plugged into think pieces about religion, you’ve heard about Rod Dreher’s book on The Benedict Option.  Dreher’s an interesting guy: he’s an incredibly prolific writer, and most of his stuff winds up at his blog.  He’s got two really lovely books, one about the death of his sister and the other […](image)

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emperor concerto, no 5fabiorojas

Sun, 19 Mar 2017 00:11:15 +0000

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is ethnography the most policy-relevant sociology?epopp

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 14:04:16 +0000

The New York Times – the Upshot, no less – is feeling the love for sociology today. Which is great. Neil Irwin suggests that sociologists have a lot to say about the current state of affairs in the U.S., and perhaps might merit a little more attention relative to you-know-who. Irwin emphasizes sociologists’ understanding “how […](image)

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bookstores aren’t dead yet – an example of the artisinal organizationfabiorojasbookstore.PNG

Fri, 17 Mar 2017 12:09:13 +0000

A few years ago, people predicted the end of bookstores. Major chains were closing – Borders, Waldenbooks, and many more. Amazon ruled the world. But a funny thing happened. The independent bookstore business refused to die. Recently, it seems to be expanding. The chart about is taken from a business data website called Statista and […](image)

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open borders – in foreign affairs!!fabiorojas

Wed, 15 Mar 2017 12:56:56 +0000

Nathan Smith, an economist as Fresno Pacific University, has an article in Foreign Affairs about open borders. It was a pleasure to read. Well written, judicious and provocative. A few choice clips from “A World Without Borders: Richer, Fairer, and More Free“: These advocates, including the author, call for a regime of nearly complete freedom […](image)

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i am a new abolitionistfabiorojas

Mon, 13 Mar 2017 00:29:45 +0000

A few years ago, Tyler Cowen remarked that open borders activists were too reckless, similar to abolitionists of the past. A fervent passion for migration would trigger backlash. In response, his co-blogger, Alex Tabarrok, responded by saying that history goes to the passionate. The great changes in history are driven by groups of people who […](image)

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eleventh house is the only house you needfabiorojas

Sun, 12 Mar 2017 12:06:57 +0000

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brayden king discusses the importance of organizational theoryfabiorojas

Fri, 10 Mar 2017 00:05:11 +0000

In Contemporary Sociology, Brayden King reviews recent works and offers his opinion on the state of organizational sociology. A few choice clips: There are numerous institutional reasons that organizational sociology has moved toward the periphery of the discipline, including the lack of sociology jobs in the subfield and the fact that many organizational sociologists, this […](image)

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open borders day 2017fabiorojasgreenarrowamberborder

Thu, 09 Mar 2017 00:58:07 +0000

It is my pleasure to announce “Open Borders Day 2017.” This year, we’ll have an event in Chicago at Loyola University. It will be a panel discussion with three speakers: Alex Nowrasteh of the Cato Institute will speak on the economics of migration. Alexandra Filandra of the University of Illinois, Chicago will speak on racism […](image)

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book forum: the conversational firm, part 1 by catherine turcofabiorojastruco_book

Wed, 08 Mar 2017 00:01:42 +0000

This Spring’s book forum is dedicated to The Conversational Firm: Rethinking Bureacuracy in an Age of Social Media by Catherine Turco. The book is based on an ethnography of tech company and focuses on the communication practices within the firm. Turco’s main goal is to understand how social media have shaped the way that people […](image)

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apparently the solution to racial inequality is a cool 10k. or not.jeffguhin

Mon, 06 Mar 2017 16:01:05 +0000

I’m not sure if Ross Douthat intended his suggestion to be ridiculous, but I’m assuming, out of intellectual charity if nothing else, that he did: that saying a cool 10,000 dollars to every black descendant of the slave trade might be more effective than contemporary efforts at targeted inclusion was just a satirical what-you-will to […](image)

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