Stephen Williamson on the policy contributions from Sociology

From http://newmonetarism.blogspot.com/2017/03/do-policymakers-need-more-advice-from.html?m=1

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Sociologists are unhappy when women are happy

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Why Universities Must Choose Truth or Social Justice

Source: Why Universities Must Choose One Telos: Truth or Social Justice | HeterodoxAcademy.org

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The difference between economics and sociology is very simple

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How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant – Part 2

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I would like to suggest two “smell tests” for all sociologists, but especially those engaged with the public sphere, when assessing their work.

The first is the Garfinkel rule: Never treat your subjects as cultural dopes.

If you find yourself struggling to explain away your subjects’ own reasoned and widely held account of what they consider important in explaining their condition, you are up to something intellectually fishy.

The second is this: If you end up with findings that have policy implications that you would never dream of advocating for yourself or your loved ones, be wary of them.

A case in point: If you find that neighborhoods have no effects, you should be prepared to do the rational thing and go live in an inner-city neighborhood with its much cheaper real estate, or at least advise your struggling son or daughter searching for an apartment to save by renting there. If the thought offends you, then something stinks.

via How Sociologists Made Themselves Irrelevant – The Chronicle Review – The Chronicle of Higher Education.

The impact of street capital on the labour market prospects of inner-city youth

Dionissi Aliprantis wrote a superb paper on how the social skills developed to survive in the inner cities of America are not the skills that help you graduate from high school and get a job.

In the NLSY97, 26% of black inner-city youth report seeing someone shot by age 12, and 43% of black inner-city youth report the same by age 18.

The code of the street, the street smarted skills that inner-city black youth learn as teenagers to stay alive, do not pay off in regular society:

growing up in the ’hood means learning to some degree the code of the streets, the prescriptions and proscriptions of public behaviour. He must be able to handle himself in public, and his parents, no matter how decent they are, may strongly encourage him to learn the rules

The behaviours that do not help you survive in the street of the poor inner cities of America include include doing well in school, being civil to others, and speaking Standard English.

These skills that are the antithesis of the code of the street are exactly the skills valued by employers, especially employers of low paid workers. Employers of the low paid essentially want to recruit people who are friendly and reliable.

Dionissi Aliprantis found that exposure to street violence during childhood explains 20-35% of the high school dropout rate of inner-city youth.

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