Monthly Archives: November 2018

14 kinds of research we need for #reducinginequality

Facebook14 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 14I leave a WT Grant Foundation grantees’ meeting on Reducing Inequality with a rough mental list of types of research that we need: Descriptive research on what is unequal, for whom, where. Causal research on what promotes … Continue reading

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how to present mixed-methods research

Facebook12 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 12(Washington, DC) I’m at a W.T. Grant Foundation grantees’ meeting on “reducing inequality” and currently listening to Tim Guetterman (University of Michigan) talking about mixed-methods research. Proponents and advanced practitioners of mixed-methods research form a community that … Continue reading

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a discussion of Civic Studies at Tufts

Facebook11 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 11Here is a recent discussion of Civic Studies. The audience was Tufts alumni. The speakers (from left to right) are Tisch College’s Associate Dean Diane Ryan; Prof. Hilary Binda, who runs the Tufts University Prison Initiative at Tisch … Continue reading

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social media and the youth vote

Facebook18 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 18CIRCLE has released a highly substantive analysis of social media and the 2018 youth vote that is worth reading in full. It probably won’t surprise you that many young adults heard about the election on social media. In … Continue reading

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the state versus petit-bourgeois white America

Facebook13 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 13Citizens experience the state in the form of people–teachers, social workers, police officers, nurses and doctors. These may be public employees or just subsidized by public funds, as when doctors get reimbursed by Medicare or professors get … Continue reading

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civic responses to crime

Facebook10 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 10(Fishkill, NY) In an American Sociological Review article, Patrick Sharkey, Gerard Torrats-Espinosa, and Delaram Takyar find that “every 10 additional organizations focusing on crime and community life in a city with 100,000 residents leads to a 9 … Continue reading

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anxieties of influence

Facebook16 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 16Emerson, Lowell, cummings, and Plath, Stevens, Roethke, Frost, MacLeish, and Hall, Ashbery, Bishop, Eliot and Rich– I write them down in verse, shuffling their names To fill my lines, making them my material, They who took all … Continue reading

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the value of diversity and discussion within social movements

Facebook35 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 35If you want a more deliberative society–one in which diverse people discuss and learn before (and while) they act politically–you’re not going to accomplish it simply by promoting deliberation. Too many people are understandably motivated by specific … Continue reading

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Governor Charlie Baker signs Massachusetts civic education law

Facebook41 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 41 A press release from the the Massachusetts Civic Learning Coalition (of which I’m a member): The Coalition applauds Governor Charlie Baker for signing into law bill S.2631, giving Massachusetts one of the nation’s most innovative statewide … Continue reading

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youth turnout up 10 points, youth opt for Democrats to an unprecedented degree

Facebook113 Twitter0 Google+0Total: 113These two graphs from CIRCLE tell the story of youth in the 2018 election. First, turnout rose dramatically. The blue line shows estimates of youth turnout using the only method that’s available immediately after an election. CIRCLE … Continue reading

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