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Books about inequality and privilege

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]
posted by markbao on Aug 14, 2014 - 3 answers

Aka, the effect of gamma rays on man in the moon marigolds

Which nation has the most science-fiction readers per capita? [more inside]
posted by Mike Mongo on Jul 24, 2014 - 4 answers

Social Science anthologies that use statistics?

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.
posted by MisantropicPainforest on May 7, 2014 - 12 answers

Best Practices for Database Interfaces on the Web?

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]
posted by ropeladder on Dec 21, 2013 - 4 answers

Recommendations for biographies of big thinkers

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?
posted by EtTuHealy on Sep 9, 2013 - 4 answers

A study which shows that people unite against a common enemy?

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?
posted by dontjumplarry on Mar 10, 2013 - 4 answers

Middle of What?

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]
posted by Wretch729 on Feb 14, 2013 - 6 answers

Help me find and explore the methodological pigeon-hole of my department

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]
posted by mister_kaupungister on Dec 1, 2012 - 10 answers

Is there a science of division?

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]
posted by philipy on Nov 9, 2012 - 7 answers

Crawling back up the ladder.

New to PhD candidacy and tanking fast - academics of MeFi, help me figure out how to get through this mess. [more inside]
posted by SNWidget on Oct 17, 2012 - 21 answers

"Nature" for humanities?

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]
posted by dontjumplarry on Sep 17, 2012 - 13 answers

Car sitting 101

Why are there so many people sitting in their cars in the grocery store parking lot? [more inside]
posted by R_Kamidees on Aug 8, 2012 - 55 answers

Cheapest bulk smart phones for social science research project.

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]
posted by vegetableagony on Jul 25, 2012 - 7 answers

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]
posted by reren on Jun 30, 2012 - 9 answers

Fewer kids, better outcomes?

Are there any studies that show that couples who have fewer children are able to raise the children they do have better? [more inside]
posted by adamdschneider on May 5, 2012 - 12 answers

Where to learn about the social science of friendship?

Where should I start if I'd like to learn about the social science of friendship? [more inside]
posted by abcde on Apr 17, 2012 - 5 answers

Envisioning a syllabus on the Display of Quantitative Information

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]
posted by rapidadverbssuck on Feb 14, 2012 - 8 answers

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]
posted by Kingsk on Dec 2, 2011 - 10 answers

What are the best methods for this type of survey?

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]
posted by col_pogo on Oct 14, 2011 - 6 answers

How do I think about how to build things?

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]
posted by Apropos of Something on Aug 8, 2011 - 3 answers

Help me find a quote about the historical imagination?

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]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Jul 13, 2011 - 9 answers

Wedding bells... again...?

What's the mean number of marriages for Americans? [more inside]
posted by WidgetAlley on Apr 24, 2011 - 20 answers

How do we know survey responses are honest?

How do social scientists, psychologists, etc. detect and control for people lying in response to their questionnaires? [more inside]
posted by metaBugs on Jun 29, 2010 - 21 answers

What works of sociology really changed the world?

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]
posted by zaebiz on Jun 6, 2010 - 13 answers

What are the top academic journals in various fields?

What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
posted by ollyollyoxenfree on Jan 30, 2010 - 49 answers

phd + 4 yrs = done?

phd in 4 years -- myth? possibility? did you live the dream? [more inside]
posted by crawfo on Aug 20, 2009 - 10 answers

What degree for a future mediator?

Choosing a bachelor's degree program if I want to be a mediator: social science or sociology (or something else?) [more inside]
posted by Danila on Jun 25, 2009 - 17 answers

How does Qualitative Comparative Analysis work?

Gradschoolfilter (Social Science): Qualitative Comparative Analysis - help a Historian understand this method! Can anyone recommend any good papers? [more inside]
posted by Jakob on May 11, 2009 - 2 answers

Troop Beverly Hills made me do it.

OK, so I want to do a content analysis of cult films. Help me operationally define what a cult film is. [more inside]
posted by rachelpapers on May 6, 2009 - 22 answers

If it looks like a statistician and walks like a statistician, it's a political scientist?

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]
posted by thisjax on Dec 10, 2008 - 8 answers

Fill my room with the wonderful sound of tweets

What are some awesome Twitter feeds - cool people or information I need to know? [more inside]
posted by l33tpolicywonk on Nov 3, 2008 - 15 answers

Most important social psychology books of past 50 years?

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?
posted by Malad on Jun 3, 2008 - 19 answers

Speculative fiction that explores psychology/sociology?

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.
posted by shivohum on Apr 13, 2008 - 45 answers

Me unemployed in Calgary? That's unpossible!

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]
posted by mariokrat on Jul 19, 2007 - 10 answers

Wanted: a meta-research search site

Social science research, online indexes, and EndNote. Help? [more inside]
posted by stonerose on Oct 14, 2004 - 2 answers

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