I'm looking for an article which argues that even if one has no interest in helping the less fortunate, one should still support strong welfare programs because it is dangerous to have a large, disaffected underclass. [more inside]
Reading this article on the blue got me thinking about conditional probabilities, prediction and causality. I came up with an analytical framing of what I think the article is saying and would be grateful if stats/social science Mefites could tell me if it seems accurate or else set me right. [more inside]
Dear academics who use online questionnaires in your research: help me understand how you get those questionnaires online and go about using them. I want to help make them better. [more inside]
I am looking for articles, case studies and examples in which researchers in the social sciences change (or consider changing, or are called on to change) research instruments (questionnaires, rating scales, assessment measures) to accommodate changes in social values. Specifically, I am interested in the discourse and debate around these changes, and the ways in which researchers attempt to manage the inherent statistical risks to internal validity instrument change entails. What should I read? [more inside]
I'm looking for universities that have strong research in behavioral economics, decision science, political psychology, organizational psychology—basically, applying psychology to understand systems and society. Any universities come to mind? [more inside]
I'm a social science grad student, and I'm learning a lot about models of causal inference, like mediation analysis and Judea Pearl's work. Could anyone who knows anything about Philosophy recommend some works dealing with causality? [more inside]
Are there any blogs/websites that are similar to Bookforum's Omnivore (formerly Political Theory Daily Review)? [more inside]
I'm currently traveling in a developing country (Ghana) and got the very common feeling that "I'm so privileged/lucky" compared to some of the underprivileged people here. I'd like to continue this train of thought, and read more books about privilege, dealing with privilege (do we have a responsibility to give back since we have privilege?), and generally how inequality comes about. What do you recommend? Some books I've found on this topic are inside. [more inside]
Which nation has the most science-fiction readers per capita? [more inside]
I'm looking for a social science type book, probably an edited volume, that tackles an issue using lots of data & statistical tests / arguments to debate an issue. I am less concerned with the issue being debated, and more concerned with learning 1) what constitutes proper manipulation of data 2) what tests are appropriate and when 3) what proper inference is. I'm not afraid of math.
I'm in the earliest possible stages of building a web interface that will make it easy to display, graph, download, summarize, and interact with a wide variety of data. If you use scientific data from the internet, what are some of the websites you've encountered that make using data the easiest, most intuitive, and give you the best control? Also, what are some must-have features for you, and some of the best and worst design decisions the site builders have made? [more inside]
I just finished reading Jeremy Adelman's biography of Albert O. Hirschman. I loved the book because it vividly explained Hirschman's ideas (he was an economist and scholar of political thought) and because Hirschman had a fascinating and compelling life story. Can you recommend biographies of major thinkers in the social sciences and philosophy?
Over on reddit, a commenter said that they once read a "social science study" which showed that people are more likely to rally in support of a cause when there's a common enemy to hate. It supposedly showed how when people were given the opportunity to unite and campaign for a positive cause, they showed little interest; but that the presence of a hostil opponent motivated the group to unite and rally against it. Can anyone think of a study along those lines?
How have sociologists and/or economists historically defined or measured "middle class" in the United States or the developed world generally? I mean over the last 100-200 years. [more inside]
Help me to philosophically pigeon-hole what I take to be the methodological views of many professors in my economics department. Then help me to explore that and other pigeon-holes. [more inside]
Is there a science of division? (i.e. Models of the phenomenon that communities often split into two blocs with some degree of mutual antagonism. And/or empirical data that such models could be compared against.) [more inside]
New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
Is there an equivalent of "Nature" for the humanities and social sciences? I'm looking for a magazine or blog that curates notable scholarly papers from non-STEM disciplines (philosophy/sociology/psychology/cultural studies/etc) for a wider audience. [more inside]
Why are there so many people sitting in their cars in the grocery store parking lot? [more inside]
I am looking for suggestions on the cheapest way to get bulk (25-100) smart phones (android preferred, but iOS could also work) for an academic research experiment. [more inside]
Guns aren't lawful; Nooses give; Gas smells awful; You might as well live -- And Other Inspirations.
I'm doing research for an artistic work exploring the theme of suicide, and I seek 1) a particular recent article arguing that life is not worth living and 2) the most provocative, interesting works on suicide from artistic, philosophical, social science, journalistic, religious or medical perspectives. [more inside]
Are there any studies that show that couples who have fewer children are able to raise the children they do have better? [more inside]
Where should I start if I'd like to learn about the social science of friendship? [more inside]
I am planning on teaching a course on data visualization to some Ph.D. students in the social sciences, and could use some ideas about designing the syllabus. If you have taken or taught such a course, I would especially value your input, but I would also love to hear from any among you who have experience doing data visualization. [more inside]
What books should I read that will appeal to my interests and look impressive on an honours political science application?
I am applying for my school’s undergraduate honours political science program next semester. The application requires a description of specific interests in and outside of the field, including readings. What should I read that will appeal to my interests and impress the admissions folk? [more inside]
What sort of survey are my colleagues planning? It would involve questionnaires dropped off at a variety of businesses (tour agencies and hotels, mostly), aimed at capturing details about their clients. This doesn't seem to fit the examples I see discussed in online resources on survey methods. To top it off, both the time frame and budget are limited. Where can I find best practices for this sort of survey--and how can I determine which best practices should be given highest priority? [more inside]
What are the canonical authors / works on design thinking and what books / other resources would you recommend as an intro to design thinking for a social science and policy wonk? [more inside]
Help me find a quote about how people are reluctant to notice the effects of historical and/or social forces on their lives. [more inside]
What's the mean number of marriages for Americans? [more inside]
How do social scientists, psychologists, etc. detect and control for people lying in response to their questionnaires? [more inside]
What are the gripping must-reads in scientific sociology? What are sociological studies that really changed how we view certain cultures/groups etc? [more inside]
What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
phd in 4 years -- myth? possibility? did you live the dream? [more inside]
Choosing a bachelor's degree program if I want to be a mediator: social science or sociology (or something else?) [more inside]
Gradschoolfilter (Social Science): Qualitative Comparative Analysis - help a Historian understand this method! Can anyone recommend any good papers? [more inside]
OK, so I want to do a content analysis of cult films. Help me operationally define what a cult film is. [more inside]
Paging ROU_Xenophobe and other applied statistics researchers: Why are people who do a significant amount of applied statistics and statistical computing enrolled in poli sci/sociology grad programs rather than statistics? [more inside]
What are some awesome Twitter feeds - cool people or information I need to know? [more inside]
What have been the most important books in social science (including psychology, political science, sociology, anthropology, economics, "applied" social sciences like marketing, and so on) of the past 50 years?
What's some speculative fiction that uses magic or fictional technology to explore psychology, sociology, or political science in a deep way? I'm not as much interested here in fabulous monsters or space operas or even deep thinking about physics -- I'm interested in books that explore the nature of the mind and/or human society by imagining a world that worked differently.
What should I be doing to find a job in Calgary's supposedly "hot" economy? I just finished a Master's degree in the social sciences (interdisciplinary, but focused mostly on anthropology of science) and my job hunt has been terribly unsuccessful so far. Are there career opportunities I'm not seeing? Am I out of luck unless I'm an IT person or petroleum engineer? [more inside]
Social science research, online indexes, and EndNote. Help? [more inside]