A few months back, Intellectual Affairs reported on the work of a couple of social scientists who were studying the contemporary antiwar movement. They have been showing up at the national demonstrations over the past several years and – with the help of assistants instructed in a method of random sampling – conducting surveys of the participants. The data so harvested was then coded and fed into a computer, and the responses cross-correlated in order to find any patterns hidden in the data.
A legendary social science book is back in the news. Scott McLemee looks at a controversial classic.
The late Al Shanker was both labor leader and ideological warrior. Scott McLemee interviews his biographer for a podcast.
Polemics seldom age well. But when Harold Cruse published The Crisis of the Negro Intellectual during the fall of 1967, he aimed his verbal artillery in so many directions that it seems as if some of the missiles are still landing four decades later. (At the time of his death in 2005, Cruse was professor emeritus of African-American studies at the University of Michigan at Ann Arbor.)
Americans have no monopoly on crises of national identity. Scott McLemee takes off to the Great White North....
Imagine if world's most complete card catalog were just a mouse-click away. Scott McLemee chats with a young programmer who is making it happen.
There's a new report on the future of digital publishing in academe. Scott McLemee thinks you should drop everything and read it posthaste.
Ever dreamt of weeding out the excess books in your office? Scott McLemee interviews a professor who did the deed.
The end is near! Scott McLemee checks on the scholarly response to Harry Potter as devotees await the final chapter.
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