Passings

Neil Smelser

The Constant Diplomat: Neil Smelser, 1930-2017

Sociologist Neil Smelser, whose research on collective behavior and economic sociology were rivaled by his tenure as a mentor, teacher, and liaison to a restive University of California-Berkeley student body in the 1960s, has died at age 87.

2 years ago
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Kenneth Arrow

Kenneth Arrow’s Legacy Helps Explain Election Flaws

The late Stanford professor Kenneth Arrow was considered one of the most influential economists in history with monumental and lasting contributions to the field. His work included some explanation for why election results can turn out as they do, not always the way most voters would prefer.

3 years ago
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ohn Urry

The Sociologist of Mobility: John Urry, 1946-2016

John Urry, a sociologist probably best known for his work on mobilities but whose gaze also lit on issues ranging from tourism to energy use, from social change to complexity theory, died suddenly on March 18.

4 years ago
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