Constitutional Amendments Or Doing Stuff?

Three organizations I am a part of are now going through the process of “constitutional revisions.”  These include the local water association, the Sociology Department, and the California Sociological Association.  Actually the water association is not going through revisions, but last night one of the new members actually found a copy of  "The Constitution," and … Continue reading Constitutional Amendments Or Doing Stuff?

Campbell’s Law, Planned Social Change, Vietnam War Deaths, and Condom Distributions in Refugee Camps

       Donald T. Campbell was a psychologist in the heyday of the 1970s. During this time, the belief emerged that society was a social engineering project that could be planned and evaluated.  The general idea was  that if you collected enough data, you could plan and control social change in a way that led to … Continue reading Campbell’s Law, Planned Social Change, Vietnam War Deaths, and Condom Distributions in Refugee Camps

Undergraduate Seminar: Doing that 1st fieldwork project for class

At some point as an undergrad, particularly if you are taking a social science class you may be asked to do some kind of field project as an assignment.  The kind where you have to go out and talk to live, squishy people... preferably strangers, write down what they say and do some form of … Continue reading Undergraduate Seminar: Doing that 1st fieldwork project for class