Have you ever wondered why sociological research and insights do not occupy a more prominent place in U.S. policy circles or in the American public consciousness? Sociology’s performance in this regard may reflect the discipline’s efforts to promote (or avoid) approaches like public sociology that actively encourage engagement with the public. Research about U.S. culture and individualism, however, suggests two other reasons sociologists may get a chilly reception when we try to promote our research in the U.S. Read More
In this holiday season, we hear a lot about what people want.
Most kids and many adults want presents of various sorts. Other people may want to lose weight, eat healthier, or exercise more in the new year.
All this attention to what people want reminds me that I want something too. I would like scholars who study work, occupations, and organizations, to spend more time collecting and analyzing what people want from their jobs (i.e., studying work-related preferences). Read More
It’s not easy being a social scientist during this election season, particularly if you like to feel well-informed. I don’t know about you, but on many days I am confronted by a flood of information that I feel woefully underequipped to process. Perhaps I should not let this bother me. I tell students in my research methods class that good scientists should be comfortable acknowledging what they do not know. It is just hard sometimes to take my own advice. Read More