good luck, sociological science!

Hear hear!

The new journal, Sociological Science, is now up and running. The goal:

  • Open access: Accepted works are freely available, and authors retain copyright
  • Timely: Sociological Science will make editorial decisions within 30 days; accepted works appear online immediately upon receipt of final version
  • Evaluative, not developmental: Rather than focus on identifying potential areas for improvement in a submission, editors focus on judging whether the submission as written makes a rigorous and thoughtful contribution to sociological knowledge
  • Concise: Sociological Science encourages a high ratio of novel ideas and insights to written words
  • A community: The journal’s online presence is intended as a forum for commentary and debate aimed at advancing sociological knowledge and bringing into the open conversations that usually occur behind the scenes between authors and reviewers

I congratulate them for doing this. This takes some courage to do. We need many different types of journals. And, sadly, we are lacking…

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‘Pardon the Inconvenience, We Are Changing the Country’* | Boston Review

Boston Review was good enough to publish this short article by Ana Claudia Teixeira and I.  A follow-up comes out next week. 'Pardon the Inconvenience, We Are Changing the Country'* | Boston Review. Gianpaolo Baiocchi Ana Claudia Teixeira June 26, 2013 (*) Slogan seen on the streets of São Paulo On June 13, overzealous military …

America’s Infrastructure Report Card

An Interesting Post from Installing (Social) Order

Installing (Social) Order

The American Society for Civil Engineering has created a nifty interactive website about the state of infrastructure in America at

The website is appealing to look at and intuitive to use if you’re curious about, in this case, how poor American infrastructure really is in the late 2000s and early 2010s. Bottom-line: America gets a failing grade, but only-just-failing at a D+.


For STS scholars, this might be one of those great cases in the rough that could bring the “assessment” or “accounting” literature together with infrastructure studies given that the infrastructures must be defined in order to be counted and compared, and, as such, provides a right backdrop upon with some solid STS-oriented research could start from … and STSers will no doubt love this “grading rubric” available at the sight to legitimize and justify the grading standards. Also, of particular interest to scholars…

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The Robots are Here (1)

I have no idea what actor network is behind this, but I was very pleased when Michael Rodriguez passed along the robot summary video of that classic, 2005, book, Militants and Citizens.  It really is all out of our hands.

On other news, AAUP upholds Academic Freedom

A story here describes the American Association of University Professors' statement about the treatment by University of Colorado of Ward Churchill, the well-known ethnic studies scholar, and Phil Mitchell, a conservative history adjunct professor.  I was not familiar with the other case, but had been aware of the egregious way Churchill had been treated.  I was happy …