Month: January 2021

Alondra Nelson

Biden Makes Quick Moves to Get Social Science In Administration

In the lead-up and first days of his administration, the new U.S. president has made – or been presented – several moves that support social and behavioral science, including creating the nation’s highest ever advisory position with a specifically social science portfolio.

8 months ago
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On the Persistence of Motivated Ignorance

The idea that ignorance is the outcome of a deficit of correct information is persistent. Daniel Williams argues that to understand how research and evidence are strongly resisted by certain groups, we need to reflect on how motivated ignorance is deeply embedded in our identities and social connections.

8 months ago
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Men with clipboards in field

‘Bukavu Series’ Addresses Power Dynamics in Fieldwork

Research has long highlighted the importance of research associates and assistants in the production of knowledge, and the importance of locally embedded expertise – though often without giving them a voice. An online project seeks to address that.

9 months ago
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The Sociology of Psychologies: What is It and Why Does It Matter?

Throughout the 20th century, psychological knowledge managed to break free from the confines of academic debates and clinical practice, defining, by the early 21st century at the latest, how we think about who we are, how we feel, what our goals in life are, how we form relationships with others, and how society’s institutions operate

9 months ago
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