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Jane Elliot’s Situationist Pedagogy

Posted on October 24, 2009

From Wikipedia: “Steven Armstrong was the first child to arrive to Elliot’s classroom on that day, asking why “a King” (referring to Martin Luther King Jr.) was murdered the day before. After the rest of the class arrived, Elliot asked them what they knew about Negros. The children responded with various racial stereotypes such as […]

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Posted in Classic Experiments, Education, Social Psychology, Video | 4 Comments »

The Legal Situation of the Underclass

Posted on September 19, 2009

David Ray Papke, has posted his recent paper, “Law, Legal Institutions, and the Criminalization of the Underclass” on SSRN.  Here’s the abstract. * * * The contemporary underclass is defined not by race but rather by its weak or nonexistent ties to the labor market. Members of the underclass are more likely to be labeled […]

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Posted in Abstracts, Distribution, Law, Public Policy | 2 Comments »

He’s a Banana-Eating Monkey, but I’m Not a Racist

Posted on August 3, 2009

Whatever may have been the payoffs of the recent discussion between Harvard University Professor Henry Louis Gates, Jr., Cambridge police Sergeant James Crowley, Vice President Biden, and President Obama, the teachable moments unfortunately continue.  Last week, Crowley’s colleague, Officer Paul Barrett wrote an e-mail responding to a Boston Globe columnist this way: “If I was […]

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Posted in Conflict, Implicit Associations, Law, Politics, Situationist Contributors, Social Psychology, Video | 1 Comment »

Leaving the Past

Posted on July 25, 2009

Sam has been an active racist his entire life.  For decades, he has called blacks demeaning names; he has written about their inferiority; he has threatened them and beaten them; he has attended lynchings. Under great pressure from various acquaintances and friends, in his seventieth year of life, he stops using the “n” word and […]

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Posted in History, Ideology, Illusions, Implicit Associations, Situationist Contributors | 2 Comments »

Why Race May Influence Us Even When We “Know” It Doesn’t

Posted on February 19, 2009

The image to the left is a portion of a controversial cartoon that ran in yesterday’s New York Post. The cartoon (the entirety of which is here) includes this punchline: “Now they will have to find someone else to write the stimulus bill.” * * * A common assumption among most Americans is that race […]

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Posted in History, Implicit Associations, Politics | 10 Comments »

Jena 6 – Part II

Posted on September 24, 2007

Part I of this series summarizes events giving rise to the march and protest last week in Jena, Louisiana. The protest was motivated largely by a shared sense that events in Jena reveal race-based disparities in our criminal justice system and constitute the visible tip of a largely ignored iceberg of racial disparities throughout the […]

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Posted in History, Implicit Associations, Law, System Legitimacy | 3 Comments »

Hoyas, Hos, & Gangstas

Posted on April 12, 2007

Last month, on the eve of Georgetown University’s match-up with Ohio State University in the NCAA Men’s Basketball Final Four, we observed that many fans have questioned the ability of Georgetown players–who, since the 1980s, have almost all been African-American, and whose reputation has frequently centered on their “athleticism”–to “grasp” the “complex, precise” offense used […]

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Posted in Entertainment, Implicit Associations, Life, Situationist Sports | 24 Comments »

First Conference on Law and Mind Sciences

Posted on March 15, 2007

Jeff Dubner of the Harvard Law Record has an excellent recap of Conference on Law and Mind Sciences that we hosted last week at Harvard Law School. We described this conference last week, and Jeff provides some great detail of the event, which featured a number of prominent social psychologists and legal scholars. Here is […]

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Posted in Events, Legal Theory, System Legitimacy | 5 Comments »

Conference on Law and Mind Sciences — This Saturday

Posted on March 9, 2007

The Conference on Law and Mind Science at Harvard Law School is this Saturday. To learn more or to register (at no cost), visit the conference website. For a preview of topics to be discussed by our distinguished group of social psychologists, here is a schedule of their presentations: • 10:20 a.m. – 10:50 a.m. […]

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Praise for The Situationist

Posted on February 23, 2007

Since the The Situationist launched on January 26, 2007, we have received many kind words for which we are grateful. Here is a sampling: * * * The #1 Psychology and Neuroscience Blog of 2012 (of the top 30). ~ Online Psychology (1/29/2013) one of “40 Superb Psychology Blogs” ~ Psyblog (9/15/2012) “The Situationist – Jon […]

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Black History is Now

Posted on February 14, 2007

When many Americans think about Black History Month, the operative word is “history.” They take what might be called a”history was then” perspective. For that group, February is a time to remember and regret how bad things used to be and to celebrate a few of the household-name heroes who helped expose and reform the […]

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Posted in History, Implicit Associations, System Legitimacy | 17 Comments »

Behavioral Realism Symposium

Posted on January 24, 2007

The California Law Review recently published an excellent collection of behavioral realist articles. The Situationist highly recommends the thoughtful and groundbreaking articles in the collection. (Some of the articles can be downloaded here or here and the close relationship of behavioral realism to situationism is discussed here.)     Vol. 94, No. 4 – July […]

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