Are Economics Majors Anti-Social?

Yep. Economics majors are more anti-social than non-econ majors. And taking econ classes also makes people more anti-social than they were before. It turns out, there’s quite a bit of research on this, nicely summarized here.  Econ majors are less likely to share, less generous to the needy, and more likely to cheat, lie, and steal.

In one study, for example, economists Yoram Bauman and Elaina Rose noted the consistent finding that econ majors were less generous and asked whether the effect was do to selection (people who are anti-social choose to take econ classes) or indoctrination (taking econ classes makes one more anti-social). They found that both play a role.

Students at their institution — University of Washington — were asked at registration each semester if they’d like to donate to WashPIRG (a left-leaning public interest group) and ATN (a non-partisan group that lobbies to reduce tuition rates).  Bauman and Elaina crunched the data along with students’ chosen majors and classes. They found that econ majors were less likely to donate to either cause (the selection hypothesis) and that non-econ majors who had taken econ classes were less likely to donate than non-majors who hadn’t (the indoctrination hypothesis).

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What should we make of these findings?

Sociologist Amitai Etzioni takes a stab at an answer. He argues that neoclassical economics isn’t a problem in itself. Instead, the problem may be that there are no “balancing” classes, ones that present a different kind of economics. In other part of the academy, he argues — specifying social philosophy, political science, and sociology– there is “a great variety of approaches are advanced, thereby leaving students with a consolidated debasing exposure and a cacophony of conflicting pro-social views.”

Being exposed to a variety of views, including ones that question the premises of neoclassical economics, may be one way to make economists more honest and kind. And doing so isn’t just about sticking one to econ, it’s an issue of grave seriousness, as the criminal and immoral behavior of our financial leaders is exactly what triggered a Great Recession once… and could again.

Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

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Frankismoan bizitakoa aitona-amonen ahotik jaso dute Sakanako ikasleek

http://www.argia.eus/argia-astekaria/2455/oroimen-historikoa-hezkuntzan

Frankismoa eta irakaskuntza ez dira inoiz ondo elkartzen diren bi hitz izan.
Erregimen diktatorialak ez zuen hezkuntza ondo tratatu eta gaur egungo irakaskuntzak oraindik polemikoa den garai historiko hori jorratzerakoan arazoak izaten ditu.
Hutsunea betetzeko Nafarroako hainbat institututan ahozko historia oinarri duen Gogoan proiektua dute martxan; Sakanara jo dugu horren berri jakiteko.

“Inpresio handia hartu nuen amona negarrez ikusi nuenean. Gosearena banekien, beldurrarena ere bai, baina anaia hil zela kontatu zigunean zirraragarria izan zen” Ibai Lopez, Altsasuko DBHko ikaslea

“Ez nuen inoiz pentsatuko nire aitonak bizitakoak garrantzia izango zuenik. Orain hori ere historia dela ikasi dut” Nahia Urbizu, Altsasuko DBHko ikaslea

Gerra Zibilaren ostean, matxinatuen garaipenarekin, Errepublika garaian martxan jarritako erreformen porrota etorri zen, eta beste askoren artean, hezkuntzaren hobekuntzarena zegoen. Maisu-maistren fusilamenduak eguneroko ogi bihurtuta, proiektu pedagogikoak erabat aldatu ziren. Prozesu hori azaltzen duten dozenaka liburu, dokumental eta erakusketa badira. Bestalde, Franco diktadorearen heriotzaz geroztik asko izan dira indarrean egon diren hezkuntza sistemak eta batek ere ez du asmatu 1936-1978 garaiari behar bezalako tratamendua ematen. Edozein testu-libururi begiratuta, aipamen orokor batzuk, fase batzuen banaketa eta deskribapen laburrak dira frankismoaren inguruko lagin bakarrak. Gaitegiaren bukaeran egoteak ere ez du laguntzen, eta askotan, denbora faltaren aitzakian, landu gabeko gaien artean geratu ohi da. Emaitza? Gaur egungo gazte askok ikasketak bukatzen dituztela berebiziko garrantzia duen garai horri buruzko ezjakintasunean.

Iragana ahaztea izaten da memoria historikoa aipatzen denean azaltzen den kezka nagusia, baina gizarteak ezin du ahaztu ez dakiena. Transmisio falta da informazio galera horren arrazoi nagusia. Horren kontrako neurritzat har daiteke Gogoan proiektua, hau da, informazioa lortu, jaso eta gorde. Ahanzturaren kontrako tresna informazioaren transmisioa eta bilketa da. Proiektu horren baitan Sakanako herri guztietan ehunka elkarrizketa egin dituzte Derrigorrezko Bigarren Hezkuntzako ikasleek; euren gertukoen iragana deskubritu eta bertatik ikastearekin batera, eskualdeko memoria historikoa ikertzeko datu-base baliotsua osatu dute. (gehiago…)

Bilaketa sistema berria erabilgarri

http://www.argia.eus/blogak/argia/2015/03/26/bilaketa-sistema-berria-erabilgarri/

ARGIAko webgunean bilatzailea berritu dugu. Gure milaka edukietan informazioa errazago bilatu eta aurkitu ahal izango du erabiltzaileak hemendik aurrera. Ondorengo itxura izango du hemendik aurrera bilaketa orriak. Egin klik hemen edo Argia.eus-eko azalean, goian eskuineko eremuan bilatu zerbait.

Bilaketa orria diseinuz eraberritu dugu eta funtzionalitate berriak gehitu.

Bilaketa egin ostean, hainbat modu daude emaitza fintzeko bilatzen denaren arabera.

Goian: Dataren arabera. Bi data jar daitezke bilaketa epe bat finkatzeko.

Ezker zutabean: Kanalak erakusten ditu eta horietako bat hautatuz gero, kanal horretan bilatutako hitz gakoa daukaten artikuluak erakusten ditu.

Egileka ere filtratu daiteke bilaketa.

Eta multimedia elementuren bat bilatuz gero, horiek ere erakusten ditu.

Eskuin zutabean, astekariko edukiak zuzenean kontsultatzeko aukera ematen du.

Ondorengo kapturan ikus daiteke adibidez “Eskozia” bilatu eta ezker zutabean Xabier Letonaren artikuluak erakusteko eskatuz gero erakusten duena. Atzera egiteko, gogoratu goian “tick”-a kentzea iragazleari.

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Nabigatzailetik bilaketa zuzena

Firefox nabigatzaileetan Argiako bilatzailea gehitu dezakezu bilaketa zuzenean egiteko.

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An Anthropologist Walks Into an Agency

http://karmaagency.com/blog/2015/anthropologist/

We love food. It connects us, soothes us and nourishes us.

But man, do we also love to hate it. This hatred creates complex situations for governments, corporations, consumers, farmers, manufacturers and regulators. For scores of issues management folks, marketers and PR types, food keeps us engaged in, well, not solving world hunger, but otherwise working at cracking some pretty big nuts. As an anthropologist and PR practitioner, I share in this effort from a standpoint that yields insight on stakeholder perspective, messaging nuance and the larger strategy.

Anthropologists have a unique view of the world. We see things for why and how they are rather than simply for what they are. We’re curious; we study the answers rather than the questions. We’re obsessed with dichotomy, hegemony, epistemology and discourse. We think differently. We crave knowledge. We can never shut it off.

As a young PR person, my anthropological mindset gives me a unique way to contribute to the conversation. I approach a challenge by first taking a step back. Anthropology requires us to cast ideology aside, to take a holistic approach in gaining knowledge about a certain subject and conveying that knowledge in an impactful and meaningful way. Thomas H. Eriksen stated that, “what anthropologists do is to convert stories into analysis.” PR practitioners, I believe, do the reverse—adapting the analysis into a substantive and pointed story. I realize that this is only one facet of public relations work but it is a dimension that I can speak to based on what I’ve learned so far.

I began with a narrative about food because it is an intricate issue faced by many communications professionals. I fell into the public relations world by chance, and have found that my anthropology background has helped me dive in as a part of the team that directs food-related issues management campaigns.

Sitting in a conference room with seasoned PR strategists and crisis communications pros is, at first, daunting. But the anthropologist is not one to shy away from a conversation. We can talk ourselves out of a box, and then talk about the actual box.

For the PR pro, an anthropological analysis of any issue allows for the sharing of knowledge in a more meaningful, impactful and true manner and messaging that gets to the root of what matters for each of the stakeholders.  The story is relatable, relevant and comprehendible by a much larger population.

The relationship between the anthropologist and the PR pro is one that is mutually beneficial. Anthropology aids PR in elevating the significance of the “story” while PR allows the anthropologist to create an impact. Though my degree is not in a specialized field like communications, my anthropological background brings a different dimension of thinking about and communicating today’s most pressing issues—I’m just not as brief.

 

Stephen Chase is an Assistant Account Executive with the Karma Agency and anthropologist.

Parent Education & Vaccine Preventable Diseases

http://www.aaanet.org/sections/acyig/2015/03/23/parent-education-vaccine-preventable-diseases/

by Elisa (EJ) Sobo

We may not be able to legislate a shift in parenting style, or to mitigate the income gap that provides some with more privilege than others, including access to higher education. But we can build a strong national curriculum for information and scientific literacy into all bachelor’s programs. Doing so may be one of the soundest public health investments we can make.


“Nothing screams ‘privilege’ louder than ostentatiously refusing something that those less privileged wish to have.” So writes Dr. Amy Tuteur in a provocative piece regarding “anti-vaccine” parents.

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Yet, the recent Disneyland measles outbreak wasn’t driven simply by “conspicuous non-consumption.” Privilege may be necessary to vaccine refusal or delay, but it isn’t sufficient. The minor trend toward non-vaccination among tiny subgroups of the elite that fueled it may actually be (in part) an artifact of exceptionally high self-confidence rather than simply privilege. Let me explain by telling you about two research projects.

The first took place at a private school not far from Disneyland. Private schools are well-known to have more un- and under vaccinated students than public schools. As we began data collection, however, that was not my concern.

My IRB-approved project focused on day-to-day home health practices in relation to education. So, the study asked parents about children’s nutrition, screen time, outdoor play, sleep, and so on–vaccination was not on the question list. Nonetheless, many of the 36 parents in our random, representative sample brought it up themselves during their one-to-two hour long individual interviews (n=24) or in focus groups (n=2), and they spent a good deal of time talking about it. They clearly saw vaccination as a central pediatric health issue.

Two things stood out to me as I considered these admittedly privileged parents’ views on vaccination: (a) parents’ emphasis on doing their own “research” versus simply following recommendations or going with the mainstream, and (b) the high self-confidence they had in their ability to navigate and make sense of the health information universe. As one parent explained, “Doctors only go to another four years of education, it’s not much.” (gehiago…)

Barcelona (España): Call for Papers “Perifèria. Revista de Investigación y formación en Antropología”

http://www.aibr.org/antropologia/netesp/index.php?action=fullnews&id=755

Fecha: 24 de marzo, 2015

Está abierta la convocatoria de Perifèria. Revista de Investigación y formación en Antropología para la presentación de:

-Artículos
-Reseñas bibliográficas

Perifèria es una iniciativa de los/as doctorandos/as del Departamento de Antropología Social y Cultural de la Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona.

Desde 2004 Perifèria contribuye a la difusión del trabajo de doctorandos/as, profesorado y otros/as investigadores/as de diferentes ámbitos del conocimiento antropológico.

Para la presentación de los trabajos es necesario consultar las normas de publicación y descargar la plantilla disponible en:

http://revistes.uab.cat/periferia/about/submissions#authorGuidelines

Para cualquier duda o consulta, contactar con: revista.periferia@uab.cat

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HAUBOOKS:Recent and Upcoming Releases

http://haubooks.org/titles/

Wittgenstein coverThe Mythology in Our Language
Ludwig Wittgenstein
Cover Coming SoonThe Relative Native
Eduardo Viveiros de Castro

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

(gehiago…)

14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film

http://www.anthropology-news.org/index.php/event/14th-rai-international-festival-of-ethnographic-film/

When:
June 16, 2015 – June 19, 2015 all-day GMT+1
Where:
Bristol
City of Bristol
UK
Contact:
Susanne Hammacher
+44 (0)20 7387 0455

The 14th RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Filmwill take place in Bristol from Tuesday 16 to Friday 19 June 2015. It is hosted jointly with The Watershed Cinema in Bristol, The Department of Archaeology and Anthropology, University of Bristol and The Center for Visual Anthropology, USC Dornsife, LA, California

For programme and registration visit www.raifilmfest.org.uk

The RAI International Festival of Ethnographic Film is held biennially with the first edition held in 1985. Host institutions in the past have included Leeds Met University, University of Manchester, University of Oxford, University of Durham, University of Kent at Canterbury, Goldsmiths College, SOAS, University College London and University of Edinburgh. Offers to host the festival are invited from Anthropology Departments in the UK and Ireland and other bodies interested in hosting this event.

How to revive a neighborhood: with imagination, beauty and art

Theaster Gates, a potter by training and a social activist by calling, wanted to do something about the sorry state of his neighborhood on the south side of Chicago. So he did, transforming abandoned buildings to create community hubs that connect and inspire those who still live there (and draw in those who don’t). In this passionate talk, Gates describes his efforts to build a “miniature Versailles” in Chicago, and he shares his fervent belief that culture can be a catalyst for social transformation in any city, anywhere.