Tag: Sociology

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Being a bipolar psychologist must be quite an experience: “Huh. Here I am, entering a manic state, and even thinking about my disordered thinking. I could give a lengthy disquisition on the neurochemical causes of bipolar disorder. Yet I can’t seem to do anything about it. How very ‘meta’ (as the kids say). Consciousness is strange.” […]

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Social-justice theory* posits the existence of a complex racial and sexual hierarchy. It also offers a corrective — the imposition of a complex racial and sexual hierarchy. The chief difference between these two hierarchies (one supposed, and one proposed), as far as I can tell, is that one is implicit whereas the other is explicit. I can, so […]

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We live in a golden age of identity politics. We set people in myriad boxes and categories — racial, sexual, religious, political — and stamp our feet when a few intrepid souls dare to leave their alloted places. Our culture finds value in variety and shuns all forms of unity, save for whatever unity develops within the […]

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(NOTE: The Josiah Bartlett Center for Public Policy, New Hampshire’s original free-market think tank, publishes a weekly email newsletter. This week’s newsletter is a little rumination on partisanship. It’s posted below, in full, for your consideration. If you enjoyed this essay, you can sign up for the free Friday newsletter here.)   Preview Open

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In the latest Editors podcast, Reihan Salam says (at minute 41), …Iran is an older country. Its birthrate has fallen steeply. And one thing you see is that when you have a really young country you might have more revolutions. You might have more overthrows of the government. But then you move right back to […]

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James D Wright, a Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Central Florida and the long-time Editor in Chief of the academic journal Social Science Research, tells us of the different reactions to two studies he published in the journal, two years apart: In 2010, I published a paper by Darren Sherkat, “Religion […]

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I really can’t improve on Jake Adelstein’s title for this — funny? horrifying? — story at The Daily Beast.  Each Oct. 31, the gangsters famous for their permanent costumes (tattoos, missing digits and the like) invited ordinary citizens, mostly small children in “scary” outfits, to have fun with extortion, demanding Japanese candies and snacks. Preview […]

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I was talking today with someone who works for a major oil corporation here in Houston. She was telling me that her company recently invited many of its employees to a presentation in which differences between generations were discussed. The generations identified in the study were Matures (65+), Baby Boomers, Generation X, and Millenials (sometimes […]

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