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Rating British Departments (JP Pardo-Guerra)
In this episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, we discuss the British system of evaluating departments’ scholarly productivity with JP Pardo-Guerra from the University of California, San Diego. JP recently authored “Research Metrics, Labor Markets, and Epistimc Change: Evidence from Britain, 1970 – 2018“. Pardo-Guerra explains how the system works, and how it shapes intellectual production. Special guest co-host Charles Gomez (CUNY Queens College).
Photo Credit. By Michael D Beckwith – Own workAlternative: https://unsplash.com/photos/whvzQn_11Vc Michael D Beckwith, CC0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=59421390
Twitter (Stephen Barnard)
Today, we talk about Twitter and its effects on our informational diet with Stephen Barnard of St Lawrence University. Stephen is the author of author of Citizens at the Gates: Twitter, Networked Publics, and the Transformation of American Journalism (2018, Palgrave Macmillan), and co-author of All Media are Social: Sociological Perspectives on Mass Media (2020, Routledge).
A Masculine Cure for Toxic Masculinity? (Marybeth Stalp)
Today, The Annex discusses a recent article in Harper’s, which describes a commercial male retreat that is designed to address the ill effects of toxic masculinity.
Our guest today is Marybeth Stalp from the University of Northern Iowa. We are also joined by special guest host Sarah Patterson from the University of Michigan.
By Sarahmirk – Own work, CC BY-SA 4.0, Link
Amazon HQ2 and NYC (Zukin and Greenberg)
Sharon Zukin and Miriam Greenberg discuss Amazon’s decision to locate in New York City, the politics this choice evoked, and the online giant’s subsequent choice to reverse that decision.
By SounderBruce from Seattle, United States – Amazon HQ from Westlake & Stewart, CC BY-SA 2.0, Link
Human Work in an Automated Future (Benjamin Shestakofsky)
We discuss how humans can retain relevance in a fast-automating future.