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why is it bad to retract non-fraudulent and non-erroneous papers?fabiorojas

Thu, 21 Sep 2017 04:01:57 +0000

It is bad to demand the retraction non-fraudulent papers. But why? I think the argument rests on three intuitions. First, there is a legal reason. When an editor and publisher accept a paper, they enter into a legal contract. The authors produces the paper and the publisher agrees to publish. To rescind publication of a […](image)

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third world world quarterly should not retract “the case for colonialism”fabiorojas

Wed, 20 Sep 2017 04:01:46 +0000

Third World Quarterly recently published an article by Bruce Gilley called “The Case for Colonialism (TCfC)” The article makes a few related claims, but it boils down to: Many anti-colonial movements were horrible.  (see pp. 5-6) Colonialism rests on “cosmopolitanism” and this is a a good thing. (see p. 8) Thus, when you properly consider the […](image)

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i declare complete victory in the more tweets, more votes debatefabiorojasMTMVjournal.pone.0079449.g001.pngsenate_google

Tue, 19 Sep 2017 04:01:54 +0000

In 2013, my collaborators and I published a paper claiming that there is an empirical correlation between relative social media activity and relative vote counts in Congressional races. In other words, if people are talking about the Democrat more than the Republican on Twitter, then the Democrat tends to get more votes. Here’s the regression […](image)

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indiana is the center of the sociological universefabiorojas

Mon, 18 Sep 2017 04:01:48 +0000

Weird fact: 4 of the ASA journals are now hosted at Indiana state universities. The American Sociological Review (Notre Dame), the Journal of Health and Social Behavior (Purdue), the Sociology of Education (Purdue) and Contexts (IU). I am not sure what to say about this. It may be dumb luck, but it’s probably a reflection of […](image)

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truly, giant stepsfabiorojas

Sun, 17 Sep 2017 21:21:49 +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 / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome (image)

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october book forum and blogcationfabiorojas

Tue, 12 Sep 2017 04:29:56 +0000

I will be dealing with deadlines and I am in the field, so I will be on vacation till next week. But I did want to list the books that I intend to review in October. First, I will do a book forum on Jacob Levy’s Rationalism, Pluralism, and Freedom. Then, I plan on covering […](image)

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axum, newton (= beastie boy fight)fabiorojas

Sun, 10 Sep 2017 04:01:14 +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 / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome(image)

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should stata just give up and die?fabiorojas

Fri, 08 Sep 2017 04:01:35 +0000

I love Stata. I use Stata. I make my students use Stata. But I’ve got a problem and it’s called R. The problem is that R is also amazing. My friends use it. My students use it and a lot of social science/data science is now R or Python. Why is Stata cool? Simple – […](image)

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the new underground railroadfabiorojas

Thu, 07 Sep 2017 04:52:13 +0000

The DACA program will come to an end in six months. There is a good chance that Congress will let it expire or pass immigration reforms that makes it very difficult for DREAMers and other undocumented migrants to attain permanent residency and citizenship. They will then be subject to deportation, which is a cruel and […](image)

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racism and the liberal democratic societyfabiorojas

Wed, 06 Sep 2017 04:54:42 +0000

Most people who think about democratic societies don’t mean “direct democracy.” They don’t want a world where every whim of the majority is translated into policy. Rather, most think about representative democracy and systems of checks and balances because, frankly, the voters often demand unwise things. Furthermore, when we think about democracies, we often think […](image)

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dim kids of the ivy league, part 2fabiorojas

Tue, 05 Sep 2017 00:27:03 +0000

41.2% of the freshman class at Harvard is legacy. — James S. Murphy (@James_S_Murphy) September 1, 2017 A long time ago, I wrote about the common knowledge in higher education research that many students at Ivy League schools do not qualify and are there for political reasons. This tweet from journalist James Murphy captures […](image)

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mister rogers v. electronicafabiorojas

Sun, 03 Sep 2017 00:01:12 +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 / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome(image)

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after charlottesville: the conversation continuesfabiorojas

Fri, 01 Sep 2017 16:33:46 +0000

Contexts magazine is proud to bring you the second part of our Charlottesville symposium: “Setting the Record Straight on Confederate Statues,” Wanda Rushing “Defining Disorder Down,” Chris Uggen “The ‘Many Sides’ Implicated in Charlottesville,” Dawn M. Dow “Charlottesville Yields Few Sociological Surprises,” David Brunsma “Charlottesville and Our Racial Fault Lines,” Rodney D. Coates “What Are Our Universities’ Obligations?” James M. (JT) […](image)

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three cheers for speedy open accessfabiorojas

Thu, 31 Aug 2017 00:01:56 +0000

Over at Scatter Plot, Dan Hirschman discusses the advantages of publishing in Sociological Sciences, which employs a simple “up or down” decision process and fast time to print: When we finished our first revisions, we could have sent the paper to a traditional journal and waited. If we were lucky, the paper might have been […](image)

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who took my affirmative action program?fabiorojas

Wed, 30 Aug 2017 00:01:49 +0000

Sociological Science just published “The Partial Deinstitutionalization of Affirmative Action in U.S. Higher Education, 1988 to 2014” by Dan Hirschman and Ellen Berrey. The abstract: Since the 1990s, affirmative action opponents have targeted colleges’ and universities’ race-conscious admissions policies and secured bans on the practice in eight states. Although scholarly and media attention has focused […](image)

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burning man’s worldwide, year-round influencekatherinechen

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 12:55:53 +0000

Burning Man 2017 has started its annual stint in the Nevada Black Rock Desert.  If you’re like me, other commitments preclude joining this 60,000-plus gathering of persons.  This live webcast shows some of what what we’re missing: Nevertheless, as I discuss in this invited op-ed, Burning Man’s 10 principles have spread  worldwide and […](image)

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when was the last time an economist rocked the social sciences?fabiorojas

Tue, 29 Aug 2017 00:01:20 +0000

Question: When was the last time an economist had big impact outside economics? It’s been a while. Gary Becker might be the best example, but that was in the 1970s – forty years ago!!! Of course, there are individual papers or research findings that attract interest (e.g., Deaton’s recent work on mortality), but more recent […](image)

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after charlottesville: a contexts symposiumfabiorojas

Mon, 28 Aug 2017 00:00:49 +0000

Contexts has a symposium of leading sociologists offering commentary and reflection on the recent events in Charlottesville: “‘Hilando Fino’: American Racism After Charlottesville,” Eduardo Bonilla-Silva “The Souls of White Folk in Charlottesville and Beyond,” Matthew W. Hughey “The Persistence of White Nationalism in America,” Joe Feagin “A Sociologist’s Note to the Political Elite,” Victor Ray “Are Public Sociology and […](image)

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free at last, mal waldron (1970)fabiorojas

Sun, 27 Aug 2017 00:01:18 +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 / Read Contexts Magazine– It’s Awesome! (image)

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american emulation: comments on caplan’s postfabiorojas

Fri, 25 Aug 2017 00:00:05 +0000

Over at Econlog, Bryan Caplan asks – why did so few people want to emulate the US? After World War II, virtually every Third World country had a major political faction that looked on the Soviet Union as a model society.  What path should their nation take?  The answer was obvious: Emulate the Soviet Union…. And: As […](image)

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democracy in chains symposiumepopp

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 12:15:37 +0000

Over at Policy Trajectories Josh McCabe has organized a great symposium on Nancy MacLean’s Democracy in Chains, the most dramatic book on public choice theory you are ever likely to read. Featuring economist Sandy Darity, political scientist Phil Rocco, and your truly, the essays try to get beyond some of the sturm und drang associated […](image)

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mal waldron review at the nationfabiorojas

Thu, 24 Aug 2017 00:01:17 +0000

The Nation continues to be an excellent source of commentary on jazz. From a new article by Adam Shatz about the pianist Mal Waldron: Waldron’s style is invariably described as “brooding”—almost all of his pieces are in a minor key—but it could also be described as analytical. Most jazz pianists work to create an effect […](image)

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what’s love got to do with it (sociology, that is)jeffguhin

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 20:21:40 +0000

“My conclusion became my calling: that justice is what love looks like in public, just as deep democracy is what justice looks like in practice. When you love people, you hate the fact that they’re being treated unjustly. Justice is not simply an abstract concept to regulate institutions, but also a fire in the bones […](image)

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party in the street: theory is put to the testfabiorojas

Wed, 23 Aug 2017 00:01:33 +0000

The main argument of Party in the Street is that the nature of partisanship affects the level of protest. If your movement thinks it is part of/opposed to a party, then protest will track who is in power (e.g., if your side wins an election, you mellow out). If the movement rejects the party system, […](image)

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mental health and graduate school: personal reflectionsfabiorojas

Mon, 21 Aug 2017 19:59:04 +0000

A few weeks ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education ran an article about the effects of graduate school on mental health. On my Facebook feed, I saw some of the normal contrarian response: “If you think graduate school is bad, wait till you are a professor.” I wrote back, “For me, the tenure track was […](image)

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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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