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Recommend me some pseudo-scientific art please.

Looking for examples of artists using scientific, sociological, mathematical, ethnographic, or psychological devices in their practice. Bonus points for funny. [more inside]
posted by SebastianKnight on Sep 12, 2009 - 20 answers

 

Evolution of Disability Termiology a Class-based Struggle?

A few years ago I formulated a sociological theory about the evolution of terms used to refer to those afflicted by certain classes of disabilities, whether physical or mental, in which more functional members of the class resent being "bundled" with less functional members and are hence in a constant, mostly subconscious, quest for differentiation. This leads to development of ever more benign terms ("handicapable!") which themselves quickly become associated with the whole, therefore perpetuating the cycle. The theory seemed obvious to me when I thought of it, but I've yet to see it espoused or debunked elsewhere. Have you? Or, failing that, do you see any obvious arguments for or against it? [more inside]
posted by The Confessor on Aug 8, 2009 - 23 answers

Looking for light sociological holiday reading material

Looking for light, sociological holiday reading material... [more inside]
posted by FuckingAwesome on Jul 31, 2009 - 13 answers

"Rules of Thumb" and "Instincts" of the Human Mind

What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
posted by pbh on Jul 21, 2009 - 23 answers

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior?

What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior? [more inside]
posted by bru on Jul 7, 2009 - 14 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

Micro-sociologist hunt

Where do i find some of the top professors and researchers (in universities) doing Micro-Sociology (interaction or social mechanism based). This is the level of research that I wish to focus my research on, I just cant seem to find the researchers using that level of analysis. Also, are there some seminal texts in the micro sociology fields. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Jun 11, 2009 - 8 answers

Would you hire a new assistant professor from another field?

What are the chances that I will be able to get a job outside of my discipline following completion of the PhD? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on May 22, 2009 - 13 answers

I want to find Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters

Is there anything in real life like Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, formerly Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters minus the mutants? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Apr 8, 2009 - 17 answers

Who are the best feature writers out there?

Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
posted by reenum on Apr 8, 2009 - 20 answers

Religious teachings on trust

Where can I find religious publications (any religion) on the topic of trust? [more inside]
posted by arcticwoman on Apr 6, 2009 - 11 answers

Sociology of subculture recommendations.

Can you recommend some books to me similar to the sociology-of-a-subculture style of Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels, Sudhir Venkatesh's Gang Leader for a Day and Bill Buford's Among the Thugs? [more inside]
posted by Ufez Jones on Mar 15, 2009 - 26 answers

CartographyFilter: Help me find a strange map

Some months ago, I came across a map created by (I think) a sociologist, depicting one student's daily travel routines in (I think) Paris. It shows clearly that the subject's life clusters closely around home, work, and university. It is not from Strange Maps, and Google is not helping. Has anyone else seen this?
posted by ecmendenhall on Mar 14, 2009 - 5 answers

Why/how do people cultivate mystique through Facebook profiles?

Why/how do people cultivate mystique through Facebook profiles? [more inside]
posted by GIMG on Feb 25, 2009 - 28 answers

It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a manuscript must be in want of reference materials.

Can you please recommend some books on daily life, home life, and general society in the UK and the US in the 1840s - 1880s for me? I already have What Jane Austen Ate, and What Charles Dickens Knew and An Elegant Madness. It doesn't have to be specifically on daily life- creative nonfiction like Larson's The Devil in the White City or Johnson's The Ghost Map are awesome, too.
posted by headspace on Feb 16, 2009 - 13 answers

Learning Unfamiliar Cultures

Please help me learn more about cultures different from my own? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jan 15, 2009 - 12 answers

Looking for a history of Iceland

Looking for a history of Iceland... [more inside]
posted by heylight on Jan 3, 2009 - 4 answers

Info on asian prostitution

Help me find scholarship on Asian Massage Parlors [more inside]
posted by TigerCrane on Dec 9, 2008 - 4 answers

Good Books About Groups?

Good books that about a type of person/subculture/etc., which does not necessarily hang out together or think of itself as a group? [more inside]
posted by toomuchkatherine on Dec 2, 2008 - 3 answers

Which demographics are the kinkiest?

KinkFilter: Is there currently any sociological research on sexual kinks, specifically long-term BDSM relationships? My friend and I were talking a couple days ago, and we were wondering if D/s dynamics were more common among certain demographics (i.e., college-educated, middle class, particular ethnic groups, certain religions, etc.), and I decided that MeFi might know if anyone was publishing on this stuff.
posted by aliceinreality on Nov 26, 2008 - 14 answers

Identify This Essay...

Help me find an essay about a woman working in an affluent toy store during the holiday season and a life like baby doll is the hot ticket item but nobody wants to adopt the minority baby dolls or the "mutant" display doll. [more inside]
posted by thewalrusispaul on Oct 31, 2008 - 3 answers

Where do I apply for backup sociology programs?

I found my dream school, but everyone is telling me to apply to secondary choices. I need to find sociology PhD programs that value public sociology and have solid social psychology/organizational theory focuses. [more inside]
posted by elationfoundation on Oct 21, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for a picture that would be worth 1,000 words

I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type. [more inside]
posted by Jaltcoh on Oct 19, 2008 - 6 answers

Help clarify The Sociological Imagination

Help clarify C. Wright Mill's "The Sociological Imagination" to me! [more inside]
posted by Phire on Oct 13, 2008 - 1 answer

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science?

What are some good books on the social dynamics of science? [more inside]
posted by abirae on Oct 13, 2008 - 16 answers

Zero to Caltech in four years

Today, I have an MS in sociology from a state school. Four years from now, I'd like to be starting at a high-quality social science PhD program. How do I get there? [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Oct 12, 2008 - 7 answers

Psych Major

What are your favorite books and sites/blogs about psychology and sociology. I have become increasingly interested in these subjects after reading Cialdini's 'Influence' and Ariely's 'Predictably Irrational'. I have read a few of Maslow's books and find them fascinating. I would be bored stiff reading the DSM or Freud. I am interested in social psychology, i/o psychology, and things like Group Think, Propinquity, and the Ben Franklin Effect.
posted by kaizen on Oct 1, 2008 - 18 answers

Which states are losing/gaining college graduates?

I am looking for an article or a study, which I only dimly remember, that was a statistical/demographic account of which USA states had in-migration or out-migration of people with college degrees. [more inside]
posted by Mr. Justice on Sep 23, 2008 - 5 answers

Should Immigrants Be Required to Learn a National Language?

What are the reasons for and against constitutionally requiring a specific national language? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 28, 2008 - 74 answers

PhilosophyFilter: The burden of choice- When did choice come into play?

I was thinking today about the idea of choice. The existentialists talked about choice all the time- How every human has the "burden of choice". In other words, we all have the "burden" of free will, the choice to do something or to not do something. I know my philosophy knowledge is rudimentary at best, but I guess my question is: when did this idea of choice emerge? Primitive man had no luxury of choice, everything was about survival- So at what point did humans develop the idea of having a choice?
posted by ISeemToBeAVerb on Jul 22, 2008 - 22 answers

Til Death Do Us Part?

Are we a monogamous species? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Jul 14, 2008 - 30 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

Which books are most representative of each city?

What one book will allow others to gain the truest insight into the soul of each city or region [more inside]
posted by reenum on May 6, 2008 - 16 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

Serial killers serve X purpose in society...solve for X.

I am 96% sure that I have read/heard from a reputable source that murderers, especially serial killers, are an inherent reflection of Western society, and that both actual murderers and fictional portrayals are important significant elements. Part A: Is this just a half-remembered bit of dialogue from some prime-time criminal procedural, and Part B: if not, where is it from? [more inside]
posted by sarahkeebs on Mar 24, 2008 - 11 answers

Did Kingsley Amis make these guys up?

In On Drink and Everyday Drinking Kingsley Amis lauds two American researchers who allegedly concluded that without alcohol, Western civilisation would have collapsed in 1912. They are briefly named as Hoyt and Roths in the first book. I cannot find anything further online about these marvellous people, and the books in question are lightweight potboilers with no references. [more inside]
posted by i_am_joe's_spleen on Mar 17, 2008 - 2 answers

Looking for documentaries about online culture

I am looking for documentaries dealing with online culture, the Internet, video games and the like. [more inside]
posted by Quartermass on Mar 8, 2008 - 19 answers

BadHairFilter

Explain the persistence of bad (as in seriously out of date) haircuts. [more inside]
posted by bad grammar on Mar 6, 2008 - 47 answers

How can I best involve myself in the Social/Political cause against Water Privatization?

How can I best involve myself in the Social/Political cause against Water Privatization? [more inside]
posted by albernathy0 on Mar 6, 2008 - 4 answers

Make me fortunate indeed

Please help me look for a statement by Craig Calhoun: Mediation reminds the spectator that he/she is fortunate. What book or article? [more inside]
posted by drea on Feb 26, 2008 - 2 answers

He's got scratch arms

"He's got scratch arms." Help me identify the sociology video that contains this unforgettable dialogue from a four year old child. [more inside]
posted by anazgnos on Feb 26, 2008 - 4 answers

Did you hear the one about the loud-mouthed Texan?

Is there a version of this representing attitudes from people within the US about their neighboring states? [more inside]
posted by bjork24 on Feb 20, 2008 - 28 answers

Calling MeFibrarians and MeFanarchists

I have been asked at the last minute to incorporate some Bakunin into my paper (due Friday) on 19th Century theories of community. Not having read any Bakunin before, and not having much time to work on this, I am in a bit of a pickle. I am more than happy to do the relevant reading if only I can identify it. Can someone who has read Bakunin please recommend to me some specific pieces I should read? I am interested in ideas of what community is and should be, how it is created and maintained, why it is necessary, etc. For reference, the major theorist I am drawing on for this paper is Ferdinand Tonnies.
posted by arcticwoman on Feb 13, 2008 - 2 answers

Help a generalist in a specialist economy

Help this jack-of-some-trades find a job. [more inside]
posted by McBearclaw on Jan 8, 2008 - 5 answers

Free to use, simple social network mapping software?

Looking for a simple, free (for commercial use) social network mapping / graphing tool [more inside]
posted by bifter on Jan 2, 2008 - 8 answers

Help me find interesting anthropology/sociology books.

Books about anthropology, psychology, sociology, modern rituals...I think. Can you point me in the right direction? [more inside]
posted by lhall on Dec 20, 2007 - 11 answers

What has caused the demographic shift of Chuck E. Cheese customers over the past 10 years?

What has caused the demographic shift of Chuck E. Cheese customers over the past 10 years? [more inside]
posted by Duluth?! I Hardly Know Her! on Nov 26, 2007 - 25 answers

you got map'd

What are the best essays, books, or scholarly articles regarding the social role of maps? Both pre- and post- web 2.0, google earth mash ups, and the like. I'm familiar with the Situationalist critique, but wonder where else to begin reading. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Nov 25, 2007 - 5 answers

In search of maps with a higher purpose

I'm looking for Web sites that use interactive maps to display social phenomena, such as Oakland CrimeSpotting. They don't need to be that sophisticated. I'm especially interested in maps related to poverty and education.
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Studies about online social behavior?

Has anyone done any sociology-type studies about online message board behavior between users? The stuff that we're used to - flame outs, pile ons, and the like. Bonus points for any books that might be a good read.
posted by agregoli on Nov 9, 2007 - 14 answers

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