Monthly Archives: July 2012

Regnerus study and objectivity

To note, the most important criticism of the Regnerus study is not the finding, per se, but the seemingly shoddy science behind the finding.* The important accusations are on the level of method, not politics. Which is why Smith’s remarkably poor … Continue reading

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Qualitative Analytics

Mind currently on the following subjects: The new sociology: the study of power Contemporary social theory: implications for data analysis Data: The intellectual Properties of Advanced Capitalism Rough notes: Contemporary social theory advances upon classical social theory in the promotion … Continue reading

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What if Regnerus’s methods were legitimate…

From the Scientific American blogs, Why Mark Regnerus’ study shouldn’t matter, even if it were the most scientifically robust study in the world written by Ilana Yurkiewicz. Excerpt: Suppose for a moment that all the critiques of his methodology did … Continue reading

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Further thoughts on Regnerus and his study

Re: Regnerus Earlier today I wrote that “Regnerus’s controversial study is, first and foremost, a piece of data in the sociology of knowledge” and asserted that his sociology was effectively shown to be “for hire.” Specifically, I identified ‘money’ as an … Continue reading

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Mark Regnerus’s study and the sociology of knowledge

My point of view is that Regnerus’s controversial study is, first and foremost, a piece of data in the sociology of knowledge. Like my own research, Mark Regnerus’s sociology is for hire, as his recently oft-torn-apart study (found here) makes … Continue reading

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Empirical Sociology (parts one, two, and three)

(These are my working thoughts on empirical sociology. They should not be taken as generally representative of how sociologists think about their own field. Nor should they be seen as anywhere near fully worked out.) PART ONE In my view … Continue reading

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David Weinberger on Social Science and Big Data

Excerpts below from David Weinberger’s “The Machine That Would Predict the Future” (Dec 2011 Scientific American). Full text pdf available here. Summary: Article contrasts two different ways to order the proliferation of social science data known as Big Data. On one … Continue reading

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