Let it be heard first on Ethnography.com! 60 years of social science research on the measure is wrong, wrong, wrong.
Ok, that’s and exaggeration, but my wife and I think that the term Socio-economic Status is a bit of an oxy-moron, at least in Max Weber’s world. How can you mix a term which is related to honor (that’s the status part), with a measure of the marketplace (that’s the economics part). Thuse the oxy-moron. Our article about this just came out at Palgrave Communications, too! Please click http://www.palgrave-journals.com/articles/palcomms20162 to read it in the wonderful world of Open Source publication.
You will also be doing us a great favor if you tweet the link to all your friends and fans. This apparently is the new metric which counts in the all-important rankings. By tweeting this article you are contributing to the oxy-moron which assumes that the quality of an article is associated with manipulable metrics. Ok, irrespective of all that, I do appreciate a great deal people reading what we wrote.
Tony Waters is czar and editor of Ethnography.com. He came to us from the Sociology department at California State University at Chico where he has been a professor since 1996. In 2016 though he suddenly found himself with a new gig at Payap University in northern Thailand where he is on the faculty of the Peace Studies Department. He has also been a guest professor in Germany, and Tanzania. In the past, his main interests have been international development and refugees in Thailand, Tanzania, and California. This reflects a former career in the Peace Corps (Thailand), and refugee camps (Thailand and Tanzania). His books include: Crime and Immigrant Youth (1999), Bureaucratizing the Good Samaritan (2001), The Persistence of Subsistence Agriculture: Life Beneath of the Marketplace (2007), When Killing is a Crime (2007), and Schooling, Bureaucracy, and Childhood: Bureaucratizing the Child (2012). His hobby is trying to learn strange languages–and the mistakes that that implies. Tony is a prolific academic, you can read more of his work at academia.edu.or purchase one (or more!) of his books from Amazon.com.