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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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a giving mood, a meaningful relationship: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Wed, 24 May 2017 00:05:06 +0000

Money Month guest blogging continues with UC Irvine’s Nina Bandelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer Although it will come as no surprise that women are more generous than men when asked if they would like to donate to charity, what may be surprising, however, is that men can be as charitable as women […](image)


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granovetter book forum, part 1: reviewfabiorojasGran book

Tue, 23 May 2017 00:08:04 +0000

There are three books that economic sociologists have been expecting for decades and all three of them are finally here. First, Padgett and Powell published The Emergence of Organizations and Markets in 2012. This book brought Padgett’s network perspective on the creation of roles and positions in markets to the broader sociological audience. Second, at […](image)


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a giving mood, a meaningful relationship: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Mon, 22 May 2017 03:28:49 +0000

Money Month guest blogging continues with UC Irvine’s Nina Bandelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer Although it will come as no surprise that women are more generous than men when asked if they would like to donate to charity, what may be surprising, however, is that men can be as charitable as women […](image)


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galway, irlandaisefabiorojas

Sun, 21 May 2017 00:29:40 +0000

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that gender studies hoax is dumb, but look at this business modelepopp

Sat, 20 May 2017 16:16:03 +0000

Today’s five-minute-hate is on gender studies, or people who dump on gender studies, depending on your POV. The short version for those of you not paying attention: A philosopher and a math PhD decided gender studies is dumb and ideological. They wrote up a jargon- and buzzword-filled article titled “The Conceptual Penis as a Social […](image)


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student protest photos at maryland-college parkfabiorojas20170510_14205320170510_14403320170510_14412920170510_14424620170510_14444020170510_144451

Fri, 19 May 2017 03:22:58 +0000

Last week, I was visiting the University of Marlyand to meet with the current Contexts editors, Syed Ali and Phillip Cohen, and my editorial partner, Rashawn Ray. While I was taking a stroll with Syed, I saw a student protest. Over the weekend, a noose was found at a fraternity house and it triggered a […](image)


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hackers demand ransom in bitcoin: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Thu, 18 May 2017 03:48:22 +0000

Money Month guest blogging continues with UC Irvine’s Nina Bandelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer Imagine getting this message at a hospital or a bank. ““Oops, your files have been encrypted!” and [we] demand $300 in Bitcoin.” That is exactly what just happened to the National Health Service in Britain. (Last February, it […](image)


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grad students can join the asa theory section for free!!!fabiorojas

Wed, 17 May 2017 00:01:39 +0000

From the home office in Toronto, Daniel Silver sends me the following announcement: ASA Theory Section Offering Free Student Memberships The ASA Theory Section is looking to reach out to graduate students who may have theoretical interests but have not joined the section.  To this end, we have secured a number of graduate student memberships, which […](image)


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recent randall collinsfabiorojas

Tue, 16 May 2017 00:45:15 +0000

One of sociology’s best kept secrets is Rand Collins’ blog. Occasional but high quality posts. Recent topics: Trump and facial expressions of sadness. Gender and charismatic leadership Hobbes and the Syrian refugee crisis Each is a novella, but worth the read. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($4.44 – cheap!!!!)/Theory for the Working […](image)


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why we aren’t behavioral economists: a guest post by nina bandelj, fred wherry, and viviana zelizerfabiorojas

Mon, 15 May 2017 00:40:36 +0000

This month is “Money Month” on the blog. We have three utterly amazing and HUGE guests – UC Irvine’s Nina Banelj, Yale’s Fred Wherry and Princeton’s Viviana Zelizer. This first guest post investigates the boundary between economic sociology and allied disciplines.  Rather than retreat to disciplinary corners, let us begin by affirming our respect for […](image)


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wes montgomeryfabiorojas

Sun, 14 May 2017 12:47:25 +0000

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the democratic party sucks hard, a scholarly analysisfabiorojas

Fri, 12 May 2017 00:01:01 +0000

Let us start with some basic data. First, the Democratic party has won the plurality or majority of the Presidential vote 6 out of 7 times since 1992. Yet, they won the Electoral College only 4 out of 7 seven times. Second, the Gallup polls shows that the Democratic party has a modest advantage in […](image)


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time to divorce your adviser?fabiorojas

Thu, 11 May 2017 00:30:41 +0000

We recently discussed toxic advisers, who do more to harm than help. Most of the time, it is best to just tough it out. But some times, it becomes really, really toxic. I have one friend, a brilliant man who knew about eight languages, who simply could not deal with the adviser. It got so […](image)


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at contexts, we’ll stand by your articlefabiorojas

Wed, 10 May 2017 12:02:50 +0000

Over at Contexts, Phillip and Syed have their own response to the Hypatia/Tuvel controversy. They think that Hypatia should stand by their article and then they describe their recent experience publishing a controversial interview of Rachel Dolezal, conducted by NYU’s Ann Morning: Contexts as a magazine, we as editors, and Ann Morning took a lot […](image)


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zuckerberg 2020fabiorojas

Tue, 09 May 2017 02:33:29 +0000

There’s been talk about Mark Zuckerberg running for the Democratic nomination in 2020. I can see why. There’s a lot of good reasons to think that Zuckerberg could win the nomination: The Democratic party leadership has collapsed at the national level. The biggest names are all done: Clinton 1, Clinton 2, Obama, Kerry, Gore, Biden, […](image)


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jane bunnett and maquequefabiorojas

Sun, 07 May 2017 00:03:07 +0000

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the ironic cowardice of hypatia’s editorial boardfabiorojas

Fri, 05 May 2017 00:03:05 +0000

A few decades ago, the scholarly and scientific study of gender was considered taboo. But, starting in the 1970s, various movements popped up in academia to change the situation. In philosophy, one outcome of this movement was the journal Hypatia, which was established in the mid-1980s to provide a place for academic philosophers to discuss […](image)


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fdr and the unjust incarceration of japanese americansfabiorojas

Thu, 04 May 2017 00:49:09 +0000

Another reason to hate the 32nd president. On his Facebook account, historian David Beito posted this excerpt about how FDR ignored the FBI’s recommendation that Japanese Americans be left alone: FBI Director J. Edgar Hoover “argued against calls for the evacuation of the 110,000 Japanese-Americans (70,000 of them U.S. citizens by birth) living on the […](image)


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college campus outrage as fundraising tacticfabiorojas

Wed, 03 May 2017 00:21:50 +0000

It might be a controversial campus speaker, or an affirmative action BBQ. You see a lot stunts by conservative campus groups these days. Amy Binder has an interesting take in the Washington Post. These controversial tactics are stunts paid for by outsiders to stir controversy so that their cause gets attention and donations: YAF (Young […](image)


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money month!!!!fabiorojas

Tue, 02 May 2017 00:07:57 +0000

People, we have a real treat. This month is “Money Month” at the blog. We have two super, duper ultra-cool events: Fred Wherry and his amazing zoo crew of economic sociologists have volunteered to lead a discussion of recent publications on the sociology of money. Near the end of the month, we’ll start reviewing Mark […](image)


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how are professors citizens?jeffguhin

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 21:37:38 +0000

Contrary to what my students thought, I did occasionally do things that were not teaching. They were always shocked to discover I had anything like a life, and they also often assumed that such a life, were it to exist, would somehow be connected with the other teachers. (Generally it was not, though there was […](image)


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torch of the mysticsfabiorojas

Sun, 30 Apr 2017 03:22:12 +0000

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writing away professional narcissismkatherinechen

Fri, 28 Apr 2017 16:45:44 +0000

Writing is a continual learning process, where the possibilities for improving one’s communication skills are endless.  However, in the academy, deteriorating writing is one likely outcome, especially if one absorbs the norms of academic writing. Recently, as part of a professional development workshop, I came across Steven Pinker‘s critique of academic writing norms, titled “Why […](image)


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bill bell, musician and teacher (1937-2017)fabiorojas

Thu, 27 Apr 2017 00:02:35 +0000

Bill Bell, the “Jazz Professor,” died a few weeks ago and it has been circulating through Bay Area music circles. At SF Gate, you can read a fine obituary. It covers his amazing musical career performing with the Supremes and many jazz luminaries, as well as decades spent as a music teacher. In this post, […](image)


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how do you know if your adviser sucks?fabiorojas

Wed, 26 Apr 2017 00:22:12 +0000

Getting your PhD can be frustrating for many reasons. One reason is that advisers vary enormously in their quality. Some faculty have a very reliable record of happy students. Others are black holes who chew up students and never graduate them. Older scholars can more easily spot good and bad advisers but it is hard […](image)


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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

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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 www.darklyrics.com. 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 20:48:40 +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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