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  1. Rerview of book by (fellow CASBS fellow JJ).
  2. “This is Erving Goffman, your president. He would rather hear himself speaking than being spoken about.” Having said those two sentences, I was to shut up and sit down.
  3. "The review reinforces the common mistake (apparently made by Lubet too) that Ethnography’s role is to furnish us with hard-to-obtain facts about the social world. But is that what we get from the great ethnographers like Geertz or E. Goffman? No. Rather, great ethnography offers us deep, general *insights* See e.g., how Homans uses Whyte. *Thats* why Whyte is a classic."
  4. More from Erich Goode on sex with his informants... Good God.
  5. This looks really great. I probably won't make it.
  6. Computer Mediated Communication
  7. This is pretty opaque, but I think it is really pretty great.
  8. Turns out nobody pays attention to the ASA page limit guidelines. Wish I knew this a month ago.
  9. Interesting write-up in a very interesting room for debate about open marriage in the context of the a recent micro-scandal about Gingrich asking his ex-wife for one. I'm not sure I totally agree with it, but the argument is intriguing.
  10. Books looks great. And she's a sociologist in Boston!
  11. Nice Scatterplot write up (and interesting comment section) on the Satoshi Kanazawa "Why are black women less attractive?" blogging scandal over at LSE.
  12. My life is crimes of disambiguation.
  13. Apparently, women who work outside the home seem to be slightly less happy than those that do not. Interesting. Haven't read the paper and the results aren't what I would hope for, but it seems interesting.
  14. I'm fascinated by for-profits turning into non-profits and vice versa.
  15. "When do states adopt the moral frames promoted by transnational advocacy organizations? Joshua W. Busby examines the success and failure of advocacy campaigns for debt relief, climate change, HIV/AIDS treatment, and membership in the International Criminal Court in the G7 countries to show that states adopt normative commitments based on key gatekeepers, and their perceptions of national interest. Moral Movements and Foreign Policy argues that material interests of states and of individual politicians are insufficient explanatory variables for making sense of foreign policy choices. Moral language, religious motivations, the desire to live up to a virtuous self-image all shape highly consequential foreign policy decisions that impact everything from foreign aid budgets to the voluntary ceding of state sovereignty over armed forces."
  16. Ouch. This is a bad book review: "The empirical information he provides is perfunctory at best. His command of Marxism seems limited. His historical reach extends to his own earlier works. His vast theoretical apparatus is jimmy-rigged and empty. The graphs are inane, the writing atrocious. To call this book dull as dish water maligns dish water."

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