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Wednesday, May 31, 2023
Key premises of analytical sociology
Image: residential segregation by race, NYC 2010 In Dissecting the Social Peter Hedström describes the analytical sociology approach in th...
Saturday, May 20, 2023
One of the catechismal ideas of analytical sociology is the microfoundations model of explanation: to explain a social fact we should provid...
Saturday, May 13, 2023
New thinking about how authoritarian rule works
image: Russian police arrest Moscow anti-war protester The risk to democracy in the United States is more serious than it has ever been ( li...
Friday, May 12, 2023
Sources of technology failure
A recurring theme in Understanding Society is the topic of technology failure -- air disasters, chemical plant explosions, deep drilling a...
Friday, May 5, 2023
Authoritarian steps in Red state legislatures
Is it so hard to picture a United States that has succumbed to authoritarianism and the sacrifice of our basic democratic rights? Not really...
Thursday, April 27, 2023
Analytical sociology and contentious politics
Analytical sociology is, as its proponents say, a meta-theory of how to conduct social research. In their contribution to Gianluca Manzo'...
Sunday, April 23, 2023
Psychology of "comradeship" in Hitler's armies
What motivates violence, sacrifice, and atrocity among members of the military and other armed units in times of war and occupation? Christo...
Friday, April 21, 2023
Psychology of morality
Morality is a part of everyday life and personal experience. It is also, of course, the subject of a large field of philosophy -- philosophi...
Thursday, April 13, 2023
Social science study of the Holocaust
image: "Mapping the SS Concentration Camps," Geographies of the Holocaust ( Anne Kelly Knowles, Tim Cole, and Alberto Giordano, ed...
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