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Might Campus Free Speech Laws Muzzle Some Speech?

Some language in campus speech legislation may be largely symbolic and not change what many colleges are already doing. But, argues Neal Hutchens, some provisions in legislation could change campus speech rules in important ways.

6 months ago
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What’s That? The Replication Crisis is Good for Science?

The ‘replication crisis’ certainly is uncomfortable for many scientists whose work gets undercut, and the rate of failures may currently be unacceptably high. But psychologist and statistician Eric Loken argues that confronting the replication crisis is good for science as a whole.

6 months ago
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Les Back on Migrants

Reflecting on his new book Migrant City, Goldsmiths sociologist Les Back tells interviewer David Edmonds in this Social Science Bites podcast, co-author and co-researcher Shamser Sinha and Back learned their work was “not really just a migrants’ story; it’s the story of London but told through and eyes, ears and attentiveness of 30 adult migrants from all corners of the world.”

8 months ago
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Are Gender Studies Under Assault Globally?

The war on gender studies is a pillar in the authoritarian critique of liberalism. But for many scholars, argues Jennifer Evans, it is a sign of the times for liberal democracies as well.

9 months ago
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How the Brazilian Elite Delegitimize Demands for Greater Racial Equality

Brazilian elite have an enduring resistance to acknowledging the existence and the pernicious effects of racism in shaping the country’s contemporary social relations. These effects will have major implications on the way Brazil will continue to react toward prejudices and color-blind racism. Something that Brazilian author Luiz Trindade says is “problematic for Brazil and all Brazilians.”

10 months ago
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Special Pleading: Free Speech and Australian Universities

This is an edited version of a speech given by Glyn Davis, distinguished professor of political science at the Crawford School of Public Policy at Australian National University, at a summit to explore issues of academic freedom and autonomy hosted by the Australian National University.

10 months ago
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Fake news on screen

Video: Honest Reporting in an Age of News-Shaming

Between his chastisements of the media, Twitter rants, and dismissal of scientifically conducted studies, some may wonder what it really means to be a reporter in the age of Donald Trump. Recently, a panel of reporters came together to address this question during the annual meeting of the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication.

10 months ago
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Arthur 'Skip' Lupia

Skip Lupia on Taking the Reins of the SBE Directorate

When the National Science Foundation tabbed Arthur “Skip” Lupia to head its Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), it was making a statement whether it meant to or not. Lupia, officially the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan, has been one of social science’s ablest defenders — and occasional critics.

10 months ago
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Sheetal Ranjan

Translating Research to Policy: Improving Justice for Women and Girls

A number of scholars drawn from American Society of Criminology’s Division on Women and Crime presented their evidence-based suggestions for the improvement of existing policies and legislation, as well as new legislative and funding initiatives, at the division’s first-ever congressional briefing in Washington, D.C.

11 months ago
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Reflections on the Centenary of the Armistice

At the 100th anniversary of the end of World War, Robert Dingwall asks how has English sociology asked questions about the experiences and the legacy of the war — or if it even has broached those issues.

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