Some things I read, shared, or came across this week.
- I’m teaching a seminar this semester called Families and Modern Social Theory. This week: The Transformation of Intimacy: Sexuality, Love, and Eroticism in Modern Societies, by Anthony Giddens (1992).
- This week Aldon Morris’s blockbuster book, The Scholar Denied: W. E. B. Du Bois and the Birth of Modern Sociology was awarded the R.R. Hawkins Award for most outstanding scholarly work in all disciplines of the arts and sciences from the Association of American Publishers. Here’s the Contexts review of the book, by Alford Young, Jr.
- Amy Harmon in the New York Times reports on the case of Jason Lieb, the University of Chicago professor who quit as he was being fired for sexual activity with a student who was “incapacitated due to alcohol and therefore could not consent,” in addition to making “advances” on several other female students at an “off-campus retreat,” which is apparently a thing elite private school people do at resorts in the grant-getting sciences (you’re welcome). Worse, Harmon revealed that Chicago had all kinds of signs this guy had preyed on his students at his previous prestigious jobs, as Paul Campos discusses here, giving the whole thing Catholic Church sex scandal flavor.
- On a distantly-related note, Pascoe and Bridges (full names available upon request) offer advice for men who collaborate with women (and the women who work with them).
- Amanda Stevenson and colleagues report in the New England Journal of Medicine that cutting Planned Parenthood funding in Texas resulted in fewer women using long-acting contraceptives, and more births to women on Medicaid (here’s a Vox writeup). Here are the before-and-after contraceptive use rates at counties with and without Planned Parenthood affiliates:
- Sociologist Joanna Pepin published her women’s studies essay on the many definitions of marriage.
- Contexts Trends editor Andrew Lindner noted the discrepancy between what sociologists read for research versus what they assign their students.
- The Stanford Center on Poverty and Inequality published a State of the Union report comparing the US with other countries.
- Mei Fong was on Fresh Air discussing her book, One Child: The Story of China’s Most Radical Experiment