Year: 2015

Tackling Gender Stereotypes With the Power of Words

Gendered language shapes how we think about the appropriate roles for men and women, especially when we are children and just beginning to form our understanding of the world. That might not sound like a problem, but it can reinforce stereotypes we are trying to tear down.

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Social Science’s Impact on Society, Circa 2065: Kristin Hübner

Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Kristin Hübner’s discussion on how feminist theory may erase socially constructed ideas about what gender is and how it functions.

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Common Rule Revision – The Ethics Police Fight Back

Revisions to the U.S. government’s regulations on ethical treatment of human research subjects that would exempt some experiments from direct oversight by institutional review boards are facing pushback from paternalistic guardians, says our Robert Dingwall, who don’t seem to believe subjects are competent to make decisions on their own.

6 years ago
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Omnibus US Funding Bill Smiles on Social Science

UPDATED with COSSA analysis: Social and behavioral science funded by the U.S. government appears to have received an early Christmas present as leaders in the House of Representatives unveiled a $1.1 trillion spending bill to keep the federal enterprise funded in 2016.

6 years ago
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Social Science’s Impact on Society, Circa 2065: Elizabeth Houghton

Social Science Space is presenting 10 shortlisted essays written by young social scientists in an ESRC competition looking at how social science might change the world in the next half century. This week we present Elizabeth Houghton’s examination of how more universal access to higher education could chip away at entrenched racial divides.

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Why Is It Again that the US Doesn’t Study Gun Violence?

The dean of Boston University’s School of Public Health argues that the relatively limited data the United States’ has available about firearms and firearm violence prevents any serious policy prescriptions from arising. A law that prevents the CDC from funding research that might support gun control has scared all federal funders from touching the issue.

6 years ago
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The Mash of Cultures: Integration and Mixedness

At a time when the differences between cultures seem increasingly unbridgeable, what does the latest scholarship about intermarriage and integration tell us about how to improve sociocultural relations and social cohesion? The editor of a special issue of ‘The ANNALS of the AAPSS’ offers some ideas …

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