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BNP support fueled by social breakdown, not immigration
High levels of immigration into an area does not result in the local community supporting the British National Party, a report revealed today.

They found that the more immigration an area has experienced, the lower its support for the far right.

Instead the study suggests that political and socio-economic exclusion such as a lack of qualifications and poor social cohesion are more important factors of BNP support.
immigration  uk  society  sociology 
april 2010 by andrewducker
One degree of separation
Worth reading just for the graph of who slept with who amongst a group of students. Sleep with one of them, there's a 50% chance you've "slept" with all of them...
sex  society  sociology 
july 2009 by andrewducker
Treat killing like a disease to slash shootings
While violence interruptors work on the streets to intercept and defuse disputes before anyone gets hurt, outreach workers work in parallel to get the same message to the community, through schools and key members such as clergy.

Shootings and killing fell by between 41 and 73 per cent, with drops of 17 to 35 per cent the result of direct interventions by CeaseFire. Retaliation murders fell by 100 per cent in 5 of the 8 communities covered.
crime  science  society  sociology  violence 
july 2009 by andrewducker
Can We Blame Our Bad Behavior on Stone-Age Genes?
No, no we can't. A look at how evolutionary psychology is being edged out of the picture and behavioural ecology is replacing it.
psychology  evolution  anthropology  rape  science  sociology  biology 
june 2009 by andrewducker
The Two-Party Swindle
A fascinating look at what tribalism does to people.
politics  psychology  sociology  evolution  sport  war  history  society 
june 2009 by andrewducker
Why More Equal Societies Almost Always Do Better
What they find is that, in states and countries where there is a big gap between the incomes of rich and poor, mental illness, drug and alcohol abuse, obesity and teenage pregnancy are more common, the homicide rate is higher, life expectancy is shorter, and children’s educational performance and literacy scores are worse. The Scandinavian countries and Japan consistently come at the positive end of this spectrum. They have the smallest differences between higher and lower incomes, and the best record of psycho-social health. The countries with the widest gulf between rich and poor, and the highest incidence of most health and social problems, are Britain, America and Portugal.
health  economics  sociology  society  statistics  economy 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Interesting piece on culture, feminism and uneven distribution
The feminist critique of society started when some women systematically looked up at the top of society and saw men everywhere: most world rulers, presidents, prime ministers, most members of Congress and parliaments, most CEOs of major corporations, and so forth — these are mostly men.

Seeing all this, the feminists thought, wow, men dominate everything, so society is set up to favor men. It must be great to be a man.

The mistake in that way of thinking is to look only at the top. If one were to look downward to the bottom of society instead, one finds mostly men there too. Who’s in prison, all over the world, as criminals or political prisoners? The population on Death Row has never approached 51% female. Who’s homeless? Again, mostly men. Whom does society use for bad or dangerous jobs? US Department of Labor statistics report that 93% of the people killed on the job are men.
gender  psychology  culture  feminism  sociology  men  women 
may 2009 by andrewducker
Out of Control
Yet more evidence that the conscious mind isn't actually in control of much.
sociology  consciousness  mind 
february 2009 by andrewducker
Why we procrastinate and how to stop
Those who thought about the questions abstractly were much more likely to procrastinate--and in fact some never got around to the assignment at all. By contrast, those who were focused on the how, when and where of doing the task e-mailed their responses much sooner.

The authors note that "merely thinking about the task in more concrete, specific terms makes it feel like it should be completed sooner and thus reducing procrastination."
psychology  science  productivity  sociology  procrastination 
january 2009 by andrewducker
The Short Bus of Social Interactivity
Some very useful tips for the nerdy among us. Which includes all of us. Especially you. You nerd.
sociology  tips  social 
december 2008 by andrewducker
Alone Together
In American lore, the small town is the archetypal community, a state of grace from which city dwellers have fallen (thus capitulating to all sorts of political ills like, say, socialism). Even among die-hard New Yorkers, those who could hardly imagine a life anywhere else, you’ll find people who secretly harbor nostalgia for the small village they’ve never known.

Yet the picture of cities—and New York in particular—that has been emerging from the work of social scientists is that the people living in them are actually less lonely. Rather than driving people apart, large population centers pull them together, and as a rule tend to possess greater community virtues than smaller ones.
cities  society  sociology 
december 2008 by andrewducker
Red Sex, Blue Sex
During the campaign, the media has largely respected calls to treat Bristol Palin’s pregnancy as a private matter. But the reactions to it have exposed a cultural rift that mirrors America’s dominant political divide. Social liberals in the country’s “blue states” tend to support sex education and are not particularly troubled by the idea that many teen-agers have sex before marriage, but would regard a teen-age daughter’s pregnancy as devastating news. And the social conservatives in “red states” generally advocate abstinence-only education and denounce sex before marriage, but are relatively unruffled if a teen-ager becomes pregnant, as long as she doesn’t choose to have an abortion.
sociology  sex  usa  religion  politics 
november 2008 by andrewducker
Immigration Reduces Crime Rates
Feel free to pass on to any intelligent conservatives you know...
sociology  racism  immigration  crime  society 
september 2008 by andrewducker
Music tastes link to personality
"One of the most surprising things is the similarities between fans of classical music and heavy metal. They're both creative and at ease but not outgoing.

"The general public has held a stereotype of heavy metal fans being suicidally depressed and of being a danger to themselves and society in general. But they are quite delicate things."
sociology  psychology  personality  music 
september 2008 by andrewducker
On the distribution of species by the social class of the players in MMORPGs
Exactly what you'd expect, but might not be willing to say out loud...
mmorpg  gaming  sociology 
august 2008 by andrewducker
On web2.0 porn reviewing
A fascinating look at internet forums for the critique of porn
web2.0  porn  reviews  sociology 
august 2008 by andrewducker
Polygamy is the key to a long life
After accounting for socioeconomic differences, men aged over 60 from 140 countries that practice polygamy to varying degrees lived on average 12% longer than men from 49 mostly monogamous nations.
relationships  marriage  society  sociology 
august 2008 by andrewducker
Mobile phones expose human habits
Anonymous movement data is used to show the patterns people move in.
society  sociology  mobile_phones  technology 
june 2008 by andrewducker
The fattening rooms of Calabar
As a prince, Mr Edem requires a particularly large wife, and adds that a slim wife would have no appeal for him. "People will think I am not rich... If a woman is not fat and has not gone through that process she does not qualify for marriage."
food  diet  society  sociology 
july 2007 by andrewducker
Who are US voters least likely to vote for?
Black people, catholics, atheists, jews, homosexuals or women?
atheism  politics  race  religion  sociology  women  USA 
june 2007 by andrewducker
Charles Stross: Shaping the future
A brief look at the future, memory storage, lifelogging, and where we're all headed. Fascinating as usual.
CharlesStross  culture  future  history  predictions  science  SF  Singularity  society  sociology  technology 
may 2007 by andrewducker
The Internet Makes Us Naked
How the internet reveals more about as people, and how that might change society
society  sociology  psychology  internet 
march 2007 by andrewducker
"Paris Syndrome" strike Japanese
When cultural differences meet cultural assumptions, some people fail to cope.
culture  france  health  japan  news  sociology  travel  paris 
december 2006 by andrewducker
Virtual pals 'soar in importance'
A survey found 43% of online networkers from the US felt "as strongly" about their web community as they did about their real-world friends.
society  sociology  internet 
november 2006 by andrewducker
Feminism vs. femininity
Review of the new Laura Kipnis book, has enough interesting points to tempt me to buy the it
feminism  society  sociology 
october 2006 by andrewducker
Convincing people that fantasy is reality
An amusing and illustrative story about how little time it actually takes to get people to believe utter madness (about two hours)
gaming  reality  philosophy  psychology  society  sociology 
october 2006 by andrewducker
If Drugs Were Legal - Google Video
BBC documentary from last year, fictional look to a future where drugs are legal, interspersed with interviews with real life experts on both sides
drugs  crime  BBC  sociology  uk  society  politics  video 
august 2006 by andrewducker
Detecting Prejudice In The Brain
Brain scans show that people don't consider outsiders to really be human
psychology  science  sociology  perception  brain  emotion 
august 2006 by andrewducker
Paranoia in Online Fandom: CMC, Girls' Aggression, and Overanalyzing the Texts
Interesting piece on how people read their own perceptions into online discussions
sociology  fandom  psychology 
july 2006 by andrewducker
Internet serves as 'social glue'
It turns out that the internet makes a positive contribution to the social lives of vast numbers of people. Something to keep handy for the next time people tell you how evil it is.
life  internet  society  sociology  psychology 
january 2006 by andrewducker

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