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Saturday, July 5th, 2008
6:15 pm - data question
digitalmcq Hi All,

I was wondering if anyone could give me a hand locating some data. I want to get general demographic data (income, race/ethnicity, etc) at the level of zip code (or lower). I know the census can give this sort of information, but I can't figure out how to get 'lower' than the level of county or congressional district.


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Monday, December 24th, 2007
9:27 am - happy holidays

happy holidays!

also, i started a new community for the discussion of issues related to race, especially positive steps toward racial harmony and even the elimination of race as a concept. members or participants are needed. the name of the group is, they always said i would marry a white girl.

happy new year!


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Saturday, December 15th, 2007
3:05 pm - a study of American culture
fun_studies Hallo, I'm new to this community.
I'm a Russian who studies American culture.
I'm working on my postgrad thesis in lingvoculturology and I'm asking you for help.

IF YOU ARE FROM THE USA AND YOU ARE A NATIVE SPEAKER, please help me (it's terribly difficult to find an American here in Russia and make him/her answer the
questions :))).

Please, give a detailed example – like a scene from a movie, a book or from life - of a situation when a person is having fun. Give your AGE, please.


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Saturday, August 4th, 2007
3:03 pm - Data set needed!

Hi folks,

I'm having a bit of an issue that I hope someone here can help me out with, especially since I don't want to post this question on academics_anon. I'm specifically looking for a public opinion dataset for the past five or (preferably) ten years ranking "Issues Americans consider to be important," or something to that effect. I know such datasets are privately available, and are used in election campaign strategy, and I'm willing to buy the dataset if I have to -- but so far none of my searches (Google, EBSCOhost, etc.) have turned up anything relevant -- I keep getting results about specific issues, when what I want is a general dataset.

Does anyone have any suggestions?

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Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
11:30 pm - Debate instigator

I hope this works and people comment, because I need your help. Here's the question:

What discipline do following interests fall into and why? (e.g. anthropology, religion, history, classics ...)

  • How people use stories to construct and reinforce their identity
  • gender and sexuality in classical mesoamerica, particularly through the lense of ritual and myth
  • the relationship between ancient greek myth and ancient greek identity of "woman"
  • how classical (greek and roman) conceptions of gender and sexuality influence current Western conceptions of the same, particularly through the medium of the Greek myths classes taught in many elementary and middle schools
  • white liberal western women of varying sexual orientations within "Goddess religion" (neopaganism, thealogy, Christian/Jewish feminists, etc.)
  • queer (LGBT), but particularly lesbian, identity in the religion of Lucumi in Cuba - more specifically those changes in Identity by race - and particularly through the lense of myth and ritual

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    I appreciate any and all replies.
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    Sunday, May 13th, 2007
    5:43 pm - Military science -- a social science?

    I have a simple question that I haven't been able to find a simple answer for:

    Is "Military Science," as taught at universities, considered a social science, like Political Science, Sociology, Anthropology (MIT teaches "Anthropology of War," etc.), Economics, etc.?

    Or is "Military Science" its "own thing"?

    UC Davis and many universities offer Military Science degrees to civilians who are not enrolled or ROTC or the military.

    I'm in Austin and I emailed a Professor of Military Science at Univ. of Texas directly with this question. His emailed response: "It is a course to learn about the Army, and possibly become a commissioned officer once you graduate. Hope this helps."

    I didn't really see this as helping. More like a question-dodge.

    I ask because I am interested in areas where Sociology and Military Science seem to overlap.


    [x-posted to sociologists]

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    Sunday, March 25th, 2007
    9:00 pm


    A long time ago I happened upon a site that talked about various stereotypes of anthropologists. I haven't been able to find it again, so I have come to you guys for help. What types of stereotypes have people placed on anthropologists, or even on anthropology students?

    The anthro club at my school is doing a "study" (we use the term VERY loosely, as this is mainly for fun) on the anthropology faculty in order to see if any of the stereotypes hold up. Thanks in advance!

    (crossposted, sorry!)

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    Wednesday, March 21st, 2007
    7:42 am - Basic Web content analysis tool

    Surely somebody here will know if this exists. I need a tool (free is key here) that will let me plug in a domain and it will extract a basic list of words and frequency of occurrence for the whole site. If the keyword analysis tool here were doing the entire site instead of one page, it would be exactly what I'm after.

    I suspect I'm not quite getting the Google terms right, and any help is much appreciated.

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    Tuesday, February 13th, 2007
    11:38 am

    Does anyone here use survey monkey and can give me tips on getting the exports usable in spss?

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    Monday, January 22nd, 2007
    2:15 am - Janizary of the positivism

    It is completely it would be correct to name the fate of social sciences for the latter of one-and-a-half century deeply tragic. In a sense, it is similar to the fate “of the lions of Islam”, of the struck terror into tens countries of Europe, Asia and Africa in XV -XVIII centuries, the furious and cruel soldiers of Ottoman Empire - Janizary.

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    Wednesday, December 6th, 2006
    10:14 am - Overview of Self-Concept Theory

    Dear friends, I need urgently a reference to an overview of Self-Concept Theory. I am looking for discussion of the culture-psychobiology controversy in determining human behavior. From psychobiological views, say of Freud, for whom the culture is a set of symptoms of internal personal conflicts through Geertz (and other theorists) for whom human nature is irreducible to psychobiological structure but is determined by specific cultural patterns to Foucault for whom the very concept of the self and individuality, such as Geertz’s, is itself a construction imposed on people by “human sciences” to govern them. I prefer English, but Russian or Hebrew will also help. Thanks a lot!

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    Saturday, December 2nd, 2006
    4:07 pm - self-injury research?

    hi there. i'm working on a final paper for one of my sociology courses right now, and in the midst of reviewing literature on self-injury, i started to think about how almost all of the really interesting work that's being done right now seems to be coming from current grad students. as such, i thought i'd post here and see if anyone in this community is currently doing research on self-injury, self-mutilation, self-harm, cutting, etc. if so, we should chat - maybe start our own community. unless i'm just being an idiot and there's already a community out there for SI research...in which case, i'd love to know about it!
    thanks. :)

    (cross-posted in academics_anon)

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    Friday, December 1st, 2006
    10:15 am

    Please take my survey-- it's for a research project for my sociology class. Men only, thanks!

    Survey!Collapse )

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    Tuesday, November 14th, 2006
    2:50 pm - "Wow, you finally realized this?"

    Study: Blame minority woes on government


    By HOPE YEN, Associated Press Writer 39 minutes ago

    WASHINGTON - Flawed government policies and negative stereotyping of minority men have limited their economic opportunities, a new study says. It urges improved health care and education for minorities and less media consolidation.

    The study by the Joint Center for Political and Economic Studies, a research and policy group that focuses on issues that affect minorities, examined the impact of U.S. policies on men of black, Hispanic, Asian and Native American descent.

    It said the media and entertainment industries overrepresent minorities as criminals and whites as victims and law enforcers. Blacks are twice as likely as white defendants to be subject to negative pretrial publicity, it said. For Hispanics, three times as likely.

    Meanwhile, federal laws such as the No Child Left Behind Act have hurt minorities by driving good teachers away from high-poverty schools to better-funded ones where whites are more highly represented, the report contends.

    "We have a duty to stop now and reverse course," says the report, which was commissioned by a group led by Oakland Mayor-elect Ron Dellums.

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    cross-posted to sociologists and anthropologist.

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    Monday, November 13th, 2006
    9:05 pm

    I read about an anthropology major complaining about arguments she has with sociology majors. She didn't elaborate on what they were about, besides to say that the sociologists were wrong. This was the first time I heard about this. Are there animosities between sociology majors and anthropology majors? If so, what divides the majors so much?

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    Monday, October 30th, 2006
    2:28 pm - Enlightenment

    I am in my first year of Sociology.

    I have just had a lecture on Enlightenment. I found it very hard to follow and I am feeling quite down now.

    Is there anything I can read that will explain it better? My lecturer uses mind maps so there are not any notes afterwards to read. I find mindmaps very difficult to understand.


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    Wednesday, October 11th, 2006
    9:10 pm - A Sociological Survey...

    As part of my Sociology of Sexuality class, I have constructed a survey to explore how sexual experiences shape desire and identity (if at all). It will also explore the variance of experience in feelings attached to those experiences, and how desires are positively reinforced or hindered by widely accepted notions regarding sexuality. Would you be willing to answer five short multiple-choice questions about this subject?

    Go to my journal to participate!


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    Sunday, October 8th, 2006
    9:35 pm - Debate on research...

    Do you think studies like Milgram (obedience shock study), Zimbardo(mock prison study), or Humphreys(tearoom trade study) should be allowed in social science research? Why or why not? Could any of these researchers have done the study differently to make it more acceptable?

    To you personally, what are the qualifications for a study to be deemed unacceptable in our fields?

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    Sunday, July 23rd, 2006
    3:49 am - Healthcare and the Social Security Non-Crisis

    The rapidly escalating costs of health care are threatening a serious fiscal crisis, along with immeasurable human costs. Infant Mortality in the U.S. is one major index. The UN Human Development Report 2005 reveals that "since 2000 a half century of sustained decline in infant death rates [in the United States] first slowed then reversed." By 2005 the rates had risen to the level of Malaysia, a country where the average income is one-quarter that in the United States. The report also reviews the effects of government programs. In the United Kingdom, for example, the rate of child poverty rose sharply during the Margaret Thatcher years, then reversed after the Labour government adopted policies to halve child poverty by 2010. "fiscal redistribution has played a central role in strategies for meeting the target," the report concludes: "Large increases in financial support for families with children," as well as other fiscal programs, "boosted the incomes of low-income working families with children," with significant effects on child poverty.

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    Wednesday, July 19th, 2006
    3:39 am - The Empire

    Despite what you hear, U.S. interventionism has nothing to do with resisting the spread of " Terrorism," or "Communism," it's INDEPENDENCE we've always been opposed to everywhere... and for quite a good reason. If a country begins to pay attention to its own population, it's not going to be paying adequate attention to the overriding needs of U.S. investors. Well, those are unacceptable priorities, so that government's just going to have to go.

    And the effects of this commitment throughout the Third World are dramatically clear: it takes only a moment's thought to realize that the areas that have been the most under U.S. control are some of the most horrible regions in the world. For instance, why is Central America such a horror-chamber? I mean, if a peasant in Guatemala woke up in Poland [i.e. under Soviet occupation], he'd think he was in heaven by comparison... and Guatemala's an area where we've had a hundred years of influence. Well, that tells you something. Or look at Brazil: potentially an extremely rich country with tremendous resources, except it had the curse of being part of the Western system of subordination. So in northeast Brazil, for example, which is rather fertile area with plenty of rich land, just it's all owned by plantations, Brazilian medical researchers now identify the population as a new species with about 40 percent the brain size of human beings, as a result of generations of profound malnutrition and neglect... and this may be unremediable except after generations, because of lingering effects of malnutrition on one's offspring. Alright, that's a good example of the legacy of our commitments, and the same kind of pattern runs throughout the former Western colonies.

    In fact, if you look at the countries that have developed in the world, there's a little simple fact which should be obvious to anyone on five minutes' observation, but which you never find anyone saying in the United States: the countries that have developed economically are those which were not colonized by the west; every country that was colonized by the West is a TOTAL WRECK. I mean, Japan was the one country that managed to resist European colonization, and it's the one part of the traditional Third World that developed. What does that tell you? Historians of Africa have actually pointed out that if you look at Japan when it began its industrialization process [in the 1870's], it was about the same developmental level as the Asante kingdom in West Africa in terms of resources available, level of state formation, degree of technological development, and so on. Well, just compare those two areas today. It's true there were a number of differences between them historically, but the crucial one is that Japan wasn't conquered by the West and the Asante kingdom was, by the British-so now West Africa is West Africa economically, and Japan is Japan.

    Japan had its own colonial system too, incidentally- but its colonies developed, and they developed because Japan didn't treat them the way the Western powers treated their colonies. The Japanese were very brutal colonizers. they weren't nice guys, but they nonetheless developed their colonies economically; the West just robbed theirs. So if you look at the growth rate through the early part of this century-they were getting industrialized, developing infrastructure, educational levels were going up, agricultural production was increasing. In fact, by the 1930s, Formosa (now Taiwan) was one of the commercial centers of Asia. Well, just compare Taiwan with the Philippines, an American colony right next door: the Philippines is a total basket-case, a Latin American-style basket-case. Again, that tells you something.

    With World War 2, the Japanese colonial system got smashed up. But by the 1960s, Korea and Taiwan were again developing at their former growth rate-and that's because in the post-war period, they've been able to follow the Japanese model of development: they're pretty closed off to foreign exploitation, quite egalitarian by international standards, they devote pretty extensive resources to things like education and health care. Okay, that's a successful model for development. I mean, these Asian countries aren't pretty; I can't stand them myself-they're extremely authoritarian, the role of women you can't even talk about, and so on, so there are plenty of unpleasant things about them. But they have been able to pursue economic development measures that are successful: the state coordinates industrial policies that are IMPOSSIBLE in Latin America, because the U.S. insists that those governments keep their economies open to international markets-so capital from Latin America is constantly flowing to the West. Alright, that's not a problem in South Korea: they have the death penalty for capital export. Solves that difficulty pretty fast.

    But the point is, the Japanese-style development model works-in fact, it's how every country in the world that's developed has done it: by imposing high levels of protectionism, and by extracting its economy from free market discipline. And that's precisely what the Western powers have been preventing the Third World from doing, right up to this moment.

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