Annex Sociology Podcast

The Annex is a podcast for academic sociologists. We discuss ideas, news, and research of interest to the academic sociology community.

Latest Episodes

November 30, 2022 01:16:44
Making Governments Respect Human Rights (Hajjar, Roberts & Viterbo)

Making Governments Respect Human Rights (Hajjar, Roberts & Viterbo)

It is easy to profess a commitment to human rights.  Making those rights a reality can be an arduous and complicated process.  What can sociologists tell us about the process by which governments are forced to respect human rights, if they are forced to do so at all?  Our discussion will be anchored by Lisa Hajjar's (UC Santa Barbara) new book, The War in Court: Inside the Long Fight Against Torture (2022, University of California Press), which tells the story of the long, arduous battle by human rights lawyers to stop the government practice of torture during the War on Terror.  We will discuss how this study and similar recent work in this space can help inform our efforts to establish and enforce basic human rights, and other currents of sociology that inform our struggles with war and conflict. Our panelists include: Lisa Hajjar (University of California, Santa Barbara) Christopher NJ Roberts (University of Minnesota) Hedi Viterbo (Queen Mary University of London) ...

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November 22, 2022 01:07:39
The Economic Style of Thinking (Popp-Berman)

The Economic Style of Thinking (Popp-Berman)

In this episode, Daniel Morrison interviews Elizabeth Popp-Berman from the University of Michigan Organization Studies. Her new book,  Thinking Like an Economist: How Efficiency Replaced Equality in U.S. Public Policy, discusses how economic styles of thinking have come to dominate economic policy discussions. ...

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November 17, 2022 01:03:54
The Organization of Science Affects the Progress of Knowledge (Pardo-Guerra and Gomez)

The Organization of Science Affects the Progress of Knowledge (Pardo-Guerra and Gomez)

Today's episode of The Annex discusses the sociology of science, knowledge, and technology, with a focus on J.P Pardo-Guerra's new book, The Quantified Scholar (2022, Columbia University Press).  This book examines modern British efforts to improve research through the development of quantitative metrics and metric-related incentive systems, and how this scheme altered the behavior of scientists and academic departments.  The study stands as one example of modern sociology’s efforts to understand how the organization and incentivization of scientists affect the character of how scientists do their work and what kind of information gets produced. Our banter discusses America's largest sociology departments. Panelists include: JP Pardo-Guerra (UC San Diego)Charles J. Gomez (Arizona)Joseph N. Cohen (CUNY Queens College)Daniel R. Morrison (Abilene Christian) ...

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May 09, 2022 00:46:11

Religion in the Lives of Teens and Young Adults (Josh Packard)

In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, host Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian University) sits down with Josh Packard (Springtide Research) to discuss teens' and young adults' changing relationship with religion, their wellbeing, and alt-ac careers. ...

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April 25, 2022 01:15:10

Inequality, White Ignorance, and Public Sociology (Jennifer Mueller)

In today's episode of The Annex Sociology Podcast, host Daniel Morrison (Abilene Christian) sits down with Jennifer C. Mueller of Skidmore College. Prof. Mueller recently published (with DyAnna Washington) "Anticipating White Futures: The Ends-Based Orientation of White Thinking" in Symbolic Interaction. Photo Credit. Whistler, James Mcneill, Artist. Merit its own reward, or, The best man leads off the squad. West Point New York, 1852. Photograph. https://www.loc.gov/item/90706050/. ...

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April 18, 2022 01:18:21

Food Deserts (Ken Kolb)

In this episode, we discuss unequal access to healthy food, activitism, and public policy with Ken Kolb (Furman University). Ken is the author of Retail Inequality: Reframing the Food Desert Debate (University of California Press). ...

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