How Sociologists Can Battle Covid Denialism (Chronicle of Higher Education, 1 Sep 2021)The behaviors that usually get thrown into the black box of “irrationality” are sociology’s specialty. And that’s why it’s an especially useful discipline for dealing with the national public-health emergency we face. Insights from sociological theorists like Robert Merton and Erving Goffman can do more than explain the strange pandemic behavior we’ve seen in recent months: They can save lives.
The ‘Boomer remover’: Intergenerational discounting, the coronavirus and climate change (SAGE)Based on an analysis of Twitter data, this article examines the appearance of generational ideas in the ways that people have defined the experience and significance of the coronavirus and climate change, as well as related them to each other. I characterize the narrative frame as one of intergenerational discounting: a description of breakdown in reciprocal obligations of care, giving rise to accusations of hypocrisy, expressions of resentment and rage, and the description of the virus as the ‘Boomer remover’.
The COVID Racial Data TrackerThe COVID Racial Data Tracker was a collaboration between the COVID Tracking Project and the Boston University Center for Antiracist Research. Together, they were gathering the most complete and up-to-date race and ethnicity data on COVID-19 in the United States. As of March 7, 2021 they are no longer collecting new data.