Quantitative Data Analysis

Causality and relationship between variables are surprisingly poorly understood concepts in laypeople’s understanding of science and data analysis. It is particularly surprising because of how much of our educational lives are spent having the scientific method and its application drilled into our memories over and over again. Even some college students in science majors continue … Continue reading Quantitative Data Analysis

Quantitative Data Analysis

Causality and relationship between variables are surprisingly poorly understood concepts in laypeople’s understanding of science and data analysis. It is particularly surprising because of how much of our educational lives are spent having the scientific method and its application drilled into our memories over and over again. Even some college students in science majors continue … Continue reading Quantitative Data Analysis

Giddens, Bourdieu, and #NoDAPL

[SKIP FIRST TWO PARAGRAPHS FOR START OF THEORY] I’m glad that we have finally gotten into contemporary and post-modern theory. Finally, outside of false dichotomies, we can consider structure and agency together. This is one of my favorite topics because I struggle so much to understand the relation between the two on a daily basis. … Continue reading Giddens, Bourdieu, and #NoDAPL

Evaluation Research

Evaluation research is somewhat unique in that instead of being a specific way of conducting research, it is only a subgroup of research in that it is conducted for a specific purpose. Evaluation research, whether a survey, focus group, or natural observation, is always conducted for the purpose of evaluating social interventions. By evaluating social … Continue reading Evaluation Research

Week 10 Blog

This week’s topic is analysis of existing statistics and secondary data analysis. Before delving into these topics, we first need to define them. Secondary data analysis is often loosely used to cover both topics. However, technically speaking, secondary data analysis only applies to work done with raw data that has already been collected. Analysis of … Continue reading Week 10 Blog

Goffman, Role Embracement, and High Profile Occupations

Why is it that the more formal, institutionalized, and/or public a person’s social role is, the less likely the person is to be perceived as genuine, human, or unique? I’m not going to say anything specifically about this video. But I’ll just leave it here. There are plenty of different theoretical lenses through which one … Continue reading Goffman, Role Embracement, and High Profile Occupations

Gilman’s “Morbid Excess in Sex Distinction” Continues

Much of the writing that I’ve seen on Charlotte Perkins Gilman speaks in the past tense. Authors write as if her theories are things that have happened, that changed or shifted, then she studied and explained them. Gilman herself may have wrote this way at least some of the time. There are some fundamental changes … Continue reading Gilman’s “Morbid Excess in Sex Distinction” Continues

Marx and the Prison Industrial Complex

Did you know that the US is currently experiencing the largest ever prison labor strike? I sure didn’t. Thanks for that one, mainstream media. Watch the whole thing if you want, but the first 2-5 minutes should be sufficient. TYT generally spends a lot of time addressing intersectional considerations after they present the news story … Continue reading Marx and the Prison Industrial Complex

Spencer and Modern American Laypeople’s Conceptions of Society

I don’t like Spencer and neither should you. He (not Darwin) coined the term, “survival of the fittest,” which although approved of by Darwin, has not done justice to laypeople’s technical understanding of evolution. He also used evolutionary analogy to legitimate Brittish imperialist exceptionalism, or more specifically, superiority. I do not think that I am … Continue reading Spencer and Modern American Laypeople’s Conceptions of Society

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