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    Among underemployed college graduates, the role of class looms large

Among underemployed college graduates, the role of class looms large

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Compared to past decades, a far higher percentage of Americans now attend college. But those who graduate often must contend with high levels of student debt, and face a more uncertain labor market which can lead to underemployment. In new research which looks at post-college underemployment, Kody Steffy finds that those graduates who considered that they were voluntarily underemployed […]

November 27th, 2017|Education, Kody Steffy|0 Comments|
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    Book Review: Open Data and the Knowledge Society by Bridgette Wessels, Kush Wadhwa, Rachel L. Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir

Book Review: Open Data and the Knowledge Society by Bridgette Wessels, Kush Wadhwa, Rachel L. Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir

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In Open Data and the Knowledge Society, authors Bridgette Wessels, Kush Wadhwa, Rachel L. Finn and Thordis Sveinsdottir place the management of open data ecosystems at the heart of the transformation into a ‘knowledge society’, presenting five case studies through which to consider various ways of dealing with different types of data.  Miranda Nell welcomes this book for showing how open […]

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    Book Review: Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime by Federico Varese

Book Review: Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime by Federico Varese

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In Mafia Life: Love, Death and Money at the Heart of Organised Crime, Federico Varese journeys into the everyday lives of members of different mafia groups across the globe, from the Sicilian Cosa Nostra to the Japanese Yakuza. Drawing on wiretaps, reportage, historical analysis, legal evidence and biography, this book offers readers the opportunity to go beyond the fabricated images of the […]

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    The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

The digitalisation of everything: How the US economy is going digital at hyper speed

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Since 2002, the share of jobs requiring extensive and mid-level digital skills has surged from 45 to 71 per cent of the total, write Mark Muro and Sifan Liu.

Software is eating the world, goes the quip. So rapid are the developments, in fact, that while the “digitalisation of everything” has become a hallmark of tech’s promise of individual and business […]

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    State of the States for 24 November: New Jersey’s segregated schools, North Carolina cities take climate change action, and New Mexico’s preemption problem

State of the States for 24 November: New Jersey’s segregated schools, North Carolina cities take climate change action, and New Mexico’s preemption problem

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USAPP Managing Editor, Chris Gilson, looks at the week in US state blogging.  
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This week, New Hampshire’s Granite Grok argues that the state’s Democrats are ignoring the ‘rape culture’ that they say pervades their own party, after holding their annual Kennedy-Clinton dinner. They write that the fact that they are honoring two men who had problematic relationships with women shows that […]

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    Why Republicans and Democrats can no longer ‘just get along’

Why Republicans and Democrats can no longer ‘just get along’

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Americans who identify with one political party increasingly dislike those in the opposing party – but is this down to political rhetoric, or are there sincere differences between partisans over issues such as social welfare and government spending? In new research, Steven W. Webster examines how people’s policy preferences shape how they view the opposing political party. He finds […]

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    How the ‘ESPN effect’ of framing politics as a conflict benefits more combative candidates like Trump and Sanders

How the ‘ESPN effect’ of framing politics as a conflict benefits more combative candidates like Trump and Sanders

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For many observers, how we discuss politics is beginning to have more and more common with the rhetoric of sports. In the 2016 election, candidates like Donald Trump and Bernie Sanders adopted a more adversarial style. Lori Cox Han and Brian Calfano examine how a more head-to-head campaign style influences voters, finding that both Trump and Sanders benefit if […]

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    Reflecting on Michael McQuarrie’s ‘Revolt of the Rust belt’

Reflecting on Michael McQuarrie’s ‘Revolt of the Rust belt’

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Following Donald Trump’s surprise election win in November 2016, Michael McQuarrie of LSE Sociology wrote on the regional nature of Trump’s win. His blog article, “Trump and the Revolt of the Rust Belt”, has now formed the basis of a new article in the British Journal of Sociology.  We asked a several academic experts for their reactions to McQuarrie’s new article. 

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    Long Read: Why the Alabama Senate race is now everyone’s problem.

Long Read: Why the Alabama Senate race is now everyone’s problem.

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On November 9th, the Washington Post reported that allegations of past sexual misconduct had been levelled against former Alabama Chief Justice Roy Moore, who had been widely tipped to win the state’s election for the US Senate on December 12th. Andrée Reeves writes that many in the GOP establishment have condemned or distanced themselves from the already controversial Moore, […]

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