Social Sciences News

Doing school differently

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 10:01
Alternative schooling programs could deliver greater learning outcomes for young people who are struggling at school, according to University of South Australia researcher, Dr. Thomas Stehlik.

The brainwashing myth

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 09:18
Nearly 40 years ago, my two sisters, Carolyn Layton and Annie Moore, were among those who planned the mass deaths in Jonestown on Nov. 18, 1978.

'I don't see race' and other white lies

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:20
No one white really wants to talk about being white.

A new study should be the final nail for open-plan offices

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 08:10
Open-plan offices have taken off because of a desire to increase interaction and collaboration among workers. But an innovative new study has found that employees in open-plan offices spend 73% less time in face-to-face interactions. Email and messaging use shot up by over 67%.

Londoners feel ignored and not represented by adverts

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:10
75 per cent of Londoners feel that adverts should reflect the diversity of the city's population, yet fewer than one in four thinks adverts are culturally diverse, according to new research from the UCL Institute of Education.

Outsider candidates perform better in polarized political environments, study finds

Social Sciences News - Wed, 07/18/2018 - 07:00
New research by Peter Buisseret, assistant professor in the University of Chicago Harris School of Public Policy, and a coauthor shows that in times of intense polarization, outsiders are more likely to win elections than establishment candidates if they are able to prevail within established parties.

Concentrated wealth in agricultural populations may account for the decline of polygyny

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 19:10
Across small-scale societies, the practice of some males taking multiple wives is thought to be associated with extreme disparities of wealth. But in fact, polygyny has been more common among relatively egalitarian low-tech horticulturalists than in highly unequal, capital-intensive agricultural societies. This surprising fact is known as the polygyny paradox, and a new study from the Santa Fe Institute's Dynamics of Wealth Inequality Project provides a possible resolution of the puzzle.

UTA regional assessment shows segregation, challenges

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 14:36
After extensively analyzing fair housing in North Texas, UTA researchers have discovered that in many cases, segregation and associated problems are becoming more pronounced.

Black children subjected to higher discipline rates than peers

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 12:29
Elementary school discipline policies that rely on expulsions or suspensions as punishment may be fostering childhood inequality, a new study shows.

Immigrants and their children are more likely to be profiled for citizenship

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 10:13
Law enforcement official are most likely to ask first- or second-generation Latinos for papers proving their right to be in the US. This is according to a study published in Springer's journal Race and Social Problems. Lead author, Maria Cristina Morales of the University of Texas at El Paso in the US, says the findings are important given that US law enforcement officers are increasingly required to make distinctions between citizens and non-citizens living along the border with Mexico.

White mass shooters receive sympathetic media treatment

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 09:40
White mass shooters receive much more sympathetic treatment in the media than black shooters, according to a new study that analyzed coverage of 219 attacks.

Sociologist uses Twitter to research criminological behavior online

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:32
In the modern era of social media, more than 300 million people use Twitter to share news and engage in online conversations. This provides a glimpse into the minds of a diverse public – making Twitter a useful tool for researchers to study people who sympathize and promote extreme violence.

What is the meaning of life? Ask a conservative

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:21
"To be or not to be?" Hamlet asked aloud as he pondered the meaning of life.

Murder rates highest in countries that lack due process

Social Sciences News - Tue, 07/17/2018 - 06:20
Governments that do the best job protecting the rights of the accused have the lowest murder rates, while those that neglect due process have the highest, according to a five-year study of 89 countries by CU Boulder political scientists.

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