Monthly Archives: January 2019

Migration Theories: Stouffer’s Theory of Mobility

S.A. Stouffer, an American sociologist, introduced one such modification in the gravity model. Stouffer formulated his inter­vening opportunity model in 1940, and claimed that there is no necessary relationship between mobility and distance (Stouffer, 1940:846). Instead, the observed decline in … Continue reading

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Six Ways Human Activity Is Changing the Planet

THE DIRT Aral Sea, 1989 / Changing Aral Sea, 2008 / Changing Wired Scienceoutlined six ways in which humans are already geoengineering the Earth, arguing that the world has moved from the Holocene to Anthropocene era. “From diverting … Continue reading

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Kinship: A System of Social Organization

Kinship is system of social organization based on  real or putative family ties . The modern study of kinship can be traced back to mid-19th-century interests in comparative legal institutions and philology, the study of the history of language. In the late 19th century, however, the cross-cultural comparison of … Continue reading

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Why Professors Are Writing Stuff That Nobody Reads

Professors usually spend about 3-6 months (sometimes longer) researching and writing a 25-page article to submit an article to an academic journal. And most experience a twinge of excitement when, months later, they open a letter informing them that their … Continue reading

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