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Better Living Through Social Science Research

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“Friend & Foe” demonstrates the value of making technical research understandable to the uninitiated.


A Social Reflex: Police and Blacks, Seeing Threat, Close Ranks

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When a social group perceives a threat, its members tend to shift how they see themselves, one another and, especially, outsiders.


The Rise and Fall of European Meritocracy

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Today’s populists don’t want to nationalize industry. They want to nationalize the elite.


The Perfect Gift? It’s the One They Asked For

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Social scientists have come up with useful advice for gift-giving during the holiday season. Rule 1: Nobody really cares how much thought you put into it.


Sociology, According to Putin

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The Kremlin fears sociologists even more than it needs them.