This week, Cyborgology reported from the #TtW15 conference (that’s “Theorizing the Web 2015″ for those not down with the hashtags), while we all wished Max Weber and Emile Durkheim happy birthdays, celebrated the Riot Grrrl movement, and considered guns, privacy, and presidential politics. Dive on in!
“Lil’ Ladies and the Gendering of Legitimacy,” by Caty Taborda and Anne Kaduk. When Rush Limbaugh calls Sociological Images‘ Lisa Wade (a tenured professor and, ironically, the author, with Myra Marx Ferree, of Gender) a “professorette,” he’s devaluing her expertise by referencing her gender. Same goes for the many “info babes” and “anchorettes” he spots on the evening news.
“Drought and Social Division,” by Evan Stewart and Rebecca Farnum. Looking at natural resource politics, distribution, contention, and solutions as California curtails water use with research from Viviana A. Zelizer, Daniel Jaffee, Nicole Harari, and Riley E. Dunlap and Richard York.
“Helen B. Morrow on a Tripartite Methodological Design and Collaborative Research,” with Kyle Green. “Psychology thinks about contact as direct, face-to-face contact. But often in sociology and political science, we are thinking about contact as a broader and more macro level.”
“Keith N. Hampton on Visual Content Analysis of Urban Space,” with Sarah Lageson. “We can hang out in a public space for months, or maybe even a year, but doing that for two or three decades is simply impossible. So, for any large scale, longitudinal study of urban public spaces, I think this is probably the only method that is available to us.”
“‘Culture of Poverty’ a Poor Explanation for Racial Disparities,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. University of Maryland sociologist Philip N. Cohen tells Vox that academics are leaving Moynihan’s argument behind because it simply doesn’t hold up.
“Unstable Sexual Identities Could Increase Risk of Adolescent Depression,” by Caty Taborda. Bethany Everett tells The Economic Times “There is a certain amount of stigma attached to sexual fluidity that may impact mental health during this developmental period.”
“Safety Nets and Success: America’s Culture of Risk-Taking,” by Sarah Catherine Billups. In a TIME roundtable, Zulema Valdez, sociologist and author of The New Entrepreneurs: How Race, Class, and Gender Shape American Enterprise, says American risk-taking comes from the common belief that the U.S. is a land of opportunity.
“Sweden Sees Progress in New Pronoun,” by Amy August. Lann Hornscheidt, a professor of Scandinavian languages and gender studies, believes hen, the new, non-gendered Swedish pronoun, really will help fight sexism and gender biases.
“Cuban American Political Shifts Could Spell Trouble for GOP,” by Caty Taborda. Sociologist Guillermo Grenier says American-born Cubans have broadened their political horizons.
- Cyborgology reports from #TtW15!
- Sociological Images explains why rich people think they’re middle class; how gay, black, and male is an odd occurrence of intersectionality leading to a positive consequence; learn what gun experts believe about guns; and consider culture and privacy in the architecture of the shotgun house.
- The Contexts blog commemorates Riot Grrrl Day with “Love You Like a Sister,” speculates on sociology’s next hot topic, and considers the “triple crisis of sociology.”
- Families As They Really Are gets the scoop on spring break and sexual assault with Pepper Swartz.
- Sociology Lens continues its series on graduate student life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (or maybe a job).