International Debate

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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.

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What I Have Learned from Social Science

I’ve spent my adult life in and around social science. Academically through studying psychology and linguistics (alongside philosophy), professionally through […]

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The Social Science Podcast Guide

This compilation of podcast series covers a host of topics and focus on specific subjects that pertain to the social […]

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Alondra Nelson

Alondra Nelson on Genetic Testing

In this Social Science Bites podcast, sociologist Alondra Nelson describes her particular interest in those root seekers whose antecedents were “stolen from African” in the slave trade who make up so much of the African diaspora.

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Drive-through Covid testing in Korea

The Case For Democracy In The Covid 19 Pandemic

The author of a new book on the response to the coronavirus tries first to understand how apparently sane people could think it made sense to implement damaging policies, and secondly asks how the public might ensure that such a disastrous episode can never happen again.

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This Moment, And the Next Steps for Social Change

Dr. Patricia Reid-Merritt, professor of Africana Studies and Social Work at Stockton University, considers the history of the Civil Rights Movement in conjunction with today’s Black Lives Matter. In this essay, she offers Americans struggling for liberation and Black freedom a four-step plan for social change.

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New Report: The Social Sciences are Vital for Business

The Campaign for Social Science’s new report, Vital Business: The Essential Role of Social Sciences in the UK Private Sector, argues that social science knowledge and expertise are key to understanding market opportunities and constraints and also helps in understanding current and future consumer behaviors.

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