As Chris Uggen pointed out on the Twitters, it’s easy to disappoint your coworkers. Whether it’s producing actual Swedish Fish when a candy-mergency arises in a late-night writing session or dropping the ball when it’s your turn to write the lit review, there are just so many opportunities to co-write badly. Here’s my very quick editorial advice should you decide to undertake a co-authored project:
- Be sure everyone really has the time and inclination.
- Set intentions about who will do what—particularly who will take care of the final read and smoothing of the paper. One author needs to take charge of smoothing over the seams and making it an easy read that doesn’t feel like three separate papers fighting for control. Ask an RA to take over getting the bibliography right and consistent to avoid tedium and scrappy references.
- Stop worrying about author order.
- Have skype, phone, or in-person meetings regularly and write up a quick summary to share with the group right afterward. Be sure that you’re all on the same page (and in the same journal).
- Enjoy the MadLibs fun times that will occur when you let others bring in their own tangents, their own random inspirations, and their own misfit sentences that can be plugged into the article at will. Helping form ideas into real through-lines is fun work and a productive process, whether it ever results in an article or project at all.
Now, on to the fun here at TSP this week!
In Case You Missed It:
“Is Sociology Ruining Your Fun?” by Alex Casey. Reviving an old but still relevant essay from a former TSP undergraduate assistant.
The Editors’ Desk:
“Tenure, Time Use, and a Quick Laugh,” by Doug Hartmann. How professors want to spend their time and how their departments hope they’ll spend their time: a mismatch of mathematical impossibility.
There’s Research on That!
“ENDA Ending Discrimination?” by Andrew Wiebe. Adding sexuality to the definition of workplace discrimination.
“Shop and Frisk?” by Rahsaan Mahadeo. The author says it best: Shopping while black is not a crime, but what happens when a store assumes the customer is always white?
Citings & Sightings:
“Squeaky Clean?” by Kat Albrecht. It’s not that 75% of Minnesotans aren’t criminals, they just haven’t been charged.
“Slots, Pot, and the Culture Wars,” by Erin Hoekstra. Making choices about vice crimes.
“The Precarity of the Glass Elevator,” by Erin Hoekstra. New research reexamines the “glass escalator” to see how men are faring in “feminine” professions in a recession.
A Few from the Community Pages:
- Sociological Images. Kids today: less sex and less interest in politics. Wonder what they’re up to…
- Cyborgology. A lively comment-discussion on XKCD, David Banks, and social critiques.
- Sociology Lens. A posting frenzy! Stadium economies, consumer culture and surveillance costs, adult bullying and masculinity, and plain old fear.
Scholars Strategy Network:
“Why Minorities and Low Income Americans Have a Big Stake in a Free and Open Internet,” by Roderick Graham.
“Can Marriage Promotion Help Children Growing Up with Single Mothers?” by Angela Bruns.