With access to more personal data than ever before, police have the power to solve crimes more quickly. But, in practice, the influx of information tends to amplify existing practices. The big data landscape is changing quickly. Can our political and social systems and regulations keep up?
Last week, Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts, during oral arguments in the gerrymandering case Gill v Whitford, referred to social science as "sociological gobbledygook." ASA President Eduardo Bonilla-Silva has responded in a letter, the content of which is below. You can also download a .pdf of the letter here.
Dear Chief Justice John Roberts:
U.S. has 5 percent of world's population, but had 31 percent of its public mass shooters from 1966-2012
Despite having only about 5 percent of the world's population, the United States was the attack site for a disproportionate 31 percent of public mass shooters globally from 1966-2012, according to research presented at the 2015 Annual Meeting of the American Sociological Association (ASA).
Race and white supremacy - topics many sociologists devote a great deal of research to and know well - have, again, become front page topics after violence broke out in Charlottesville last month. On Monday, September 18, the American Sociological Association, American Historical Association, American Anthropological Association, and Society for Applied Anthropology
Research from the American Sociological Review finds gender stereotyping of jobs disadvantages both women and men. The article, “The Effects of Gendered Occupational Roles on Men’s and Women’s Workplace Authority: Evidence from Microfinance,“ explores how a managerial role can become gender-stereotyped and the effect that has on the authority of both male and female managers.
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