Category Archives: Public Sociology

Hey, Sociologists! Speak Up!

  There’s an academic discipline that studies economic questions in illuminating ways. But it’s too quiet about it. Sociologists Matthew Desmond of Princeton University and Nathan Wilmers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have written what by all appearances is going to be a blockbuster paper. I can tell you what it’s called: “Do the Poor […]

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The sociology of the United Nations

  To change the dysfunctional sociology of the United Nations, a freedom of information statute is required. There is seldom good reason to keep the operations of the United Nations a secret. The only hope for a tolerantly efficient public bureaucracy is that the administration complies in good faith with transparent rules. This is a principal […]

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Sociology Journal: Why Lobbyists So Persistently Call Evolution a “Fact”

  How many times have you heard the phrase “evolution is a fact”? Even some very smart people, who you might think would know better, have been gulled by the constant repetition of variations on this assertion. Sure, you’ve heard it on Friends. You’ve heard it on Cosmos. You’ve heard it so many times from so many evolution advocates that it’s almost pointless to document the ubiquity of this way of […]

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South African crime statistics need to be put into context

  If the latest crime figures tell us anything, it is how far South Africa has to go in dealing with the violent legacy of apartheid, writes Bill Dixon. Like all crime statistics, South Africa’s need to be treated with caution (South Africa ‘like a war zone’ after surge in murders, 12 September). Yes, murder […]

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Nearly 60% of young children are social justice activists – a future full of Elin Erssons

  Since 21-year-old Swedish student Elin Ersson live streamed her protest against the deportation of an Afghan asylum seeker, the video has been viewed more than 11m times on Facebook. The young woman refused to sit down until the man was removed, announcing to the camera and her fellow passengers: “I’m doing what I can […]

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