Interview with Natasha Myers

David Peterson (Northwestern) spoke with Natasha Myers, Associate Professor of Anthropology at York University and winner of the 2016 Robert K. Merton Book Award for Rendering Life Molecular: Models, Modelers, and Excitable Matter (Duke University Press, 2015). In the interview, Professor Myers discussed theoretical innovations and the next directions of her work. David Peterson: What is the thesis of your book? Natasha Myers: This ethnography develops … Continue reading Interview with Natasha Myers

Are We Complicit? Talking Social Constructionism in the Age of Trump

by Owen Whooley Like many, the presidential election has left me with a profound sense of unease. This unease operates on three registers, the combination of which concoct a veritable witch’s brew of angst.  The first is the unease I feel as a citizen, concerned about the state of our democratic institutions.  The second is the unease I feel as a sociologist, who despite claiming … Continue reading Are We Complicit? Talking Social Constructionism in the Age of Trump

SKAT Council Publishes Statement on Trump Administration and Congress

On February 14, 2017, the SKAT Council voted unanimously to adopt the following policy statement.  Statement of American Sociological Association Section on Science, Knowledge, and Technology (SKAT) Regarding Recent and Future Actions of the Trump Administration and Congress The free exchange of ideas is a core value of democratic societies and the foundation of research and academic scholarship. In recent weeks, this principle has come … Continue reading SKAT Council Publishes Statement on Trump Administration and Congress

Fake News and the Future of Journalism

From friend of the section Pablo J. Boczkowski of Northwestern University: “Every public has its own universe of discourse and…humanly speaking, a fact is only a fact in some universe of discourse.” Writing those words three quarters of a century before the Oxford Dictionaries named “post-truth” the 2016 word of the year, Robert Park — a former newspaper journalist and one of the founders of the … Continue reading Fake News and the Future of Journalism

A Media Ecosystem for an Age of Fracture

by Shreeharsh Kelkar, University of California at Berkeley As the dust settles after Donald Trump’s shocking upset of Hillary Clinton in the US Presidential Election, and we await the long-term fallout, I am left wondering about what “objectivity” in media institutions will—and should—look like in the future in this age of political polarization. How might we—social scientists interested in understanding how knowledge is made credible—use our … Continue reading A Media Ecosystem for an Age of Fracture

Knowledge and Expertise after the Election

By Dan Morrison, Vanderbilt University Note: This is a revised version of the leading essay in the November 2016 issue of Skatology. Dan Morrison takes full responsibility for its content, and thanks Scott Frickel for his comments on an earlier draft. Donald J. Trump is President-elect here in the United States. Articles like those Joe Waggle wrote in the November 2016 issue of SKATology on science … Continue reading Knowledge and Expertise after the Election

In This Together

By Elise Paradis†, Michael W. Freeman*, Michael Kim*, Patricia J. Leake*, and Umesh Poopalarajah* University of Toronto † Corresponding author * Equal contributors, in alphabetical order We, the authors of this text, were brought together in a research methods class taught by Elise Paradis at the University of Toronto, Canada. We are a diverse, interdisciplinary group that includes one American citizen. In this essay, we … Continue reading In This Together

Announcing SocArXiv — Guest Post by Philip Cohen

Dear sociologists, SocArXiv, the open archive of social science, has just launched in beta version. Led by a steering committee ofsociologists and librarians, SocArXiv is a free, open access repository for prepublication versions of papers. Created as a not-for-profit alternative to sites like Academia.edu, ResearchGate, and SSRN, SocArXiv is built in collaboration with the Center for Open Science and supported by the Open Society Foundation and the … Continue reading Announcing SocArXiv — Guest Post by Philip Cohen