Sociologist, ethnographer, professor, MacArthur fellow. Director: Stanford Ethnography Lab. Author: Ballad of the Bullet | Down, Out & Under Arrest

SF/Chicago
Joined December 2014
“…the episode bolsters the [dangerously false] idea that rap lyrics should be justified as evidence in court. Even when this show tries to keep up with the times, it’s still a relic.” @Al_Peeair 👏🏽👏🏽👏🏽
"'The music’s called drill. It’s made famous by Chief Keef out of Chicago. It spread everywhere,' Ice-T explains to the assistant district attorney" (cc: @ForrestDStuart) pitchfork.com/thepitch/law-a… via @pitchfork
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Terrifying but hardly surprising: “LAPD officers are instructed to record a civilian’s Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and other social media accounts…for use in investigations, arrests, and prosecutions.” theguardian.com/us-news/2021…
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Good stuff from @StanfordSoc @jeremyfreese “Although choosing the reference category may seem arbitrary…it is an intrinsically meaningful act. … [S]electing a culturally dominant group as the reference can subtly reify the notion that dominant groups are the most ‘normal.’”
Vol 51, issue 2: Are you taking the reference category for granted? Well, Sasha Shen Johfre and @jeremyfreese argue that it’s time to rethink it and choose wisely journals.sagepub.com/doi/ful…
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Best piece I’ve read in The NY Times in a while. Well done @ezraklein @DarrickHamilton “The American economy runs on poverty, or at least the constant threat of it. Americans...require a sprawling labor force willing to work tough jobs at crummy wages.” nytimes.com/2021/06/13/opini…
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Johnny Cash sang: "I shot a man in Reno just to watch him die." No one would ever suggest he be charged with murder. Meanwhile, the state prosecutes Black children purely because of their rap lyrics and Youtube videos. @GardenCtCrime gardencourtchambers.co.uk/ev…
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As we all start our writing for the week, I’m wishing you the crappiest little elf possible. Jokes aside, this is a wonderful model for writing, even when you don’t feel like it. A lot like Anne Lamott’s idea of “shitty first drafts.”
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As usual, this is such thoughtful sociology from @florenciatorche I feel beyond lucky to be her colleague. I can’t wait til the pandemic is over so we can stand in the department hallway and jam about stigma, normativity, and toddlers again. #soctwitter @Stanford @StanfordSoc
New AJS article 🧵“The Normativity of Marriage and the Marriage Premium for Children” We find advantage of having married parents for infant health decline as marital fertility becomes less common/ normative in society, likely because of reduced stigma 1/5 journals.uchicago.edu/doi/10…
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We stand with the unhoused community at Echo Park Lake who were forcibly removed from the park last week by LAPD and Councilmember Mitch O'Farrell. Battle for Echo Park Lake: Resource Guide and Reading List @skylightbooks #LAPD #echoparkriseup #echopark bit.ly/3mn4xfC
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Birthplace of McDonalds and the Hell’s Angels. You’re welcome.
The end of the Russo-Japanese War.
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I have been eagerly waiting for the release of this fantastic book for years. And now it’s finally here! It’s time to start thinking far more seriously about the role of universities in driving gentrification, segregation, and policing. So many congrats @DavarianBaldwin
These are certainly hard times (Pandemic/Policing/AAPI Hate). But over here we also popping bottles to celebrate book birthday of #IntheShadow. 15 years in the making! Today, we raising up all the beautiful people fighting and striving in whatever shadows they facing...cheers
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🚨NEW PAPER🚨 With @ProfChazIII and @Janulis we analyzed a decade worth of data on police citations in Los Angeles to see if the LAPD is potentially being used as a tool to facilitate gentrification. Here’s what we found. A short 🧵 1/5 #soctwitter #LAPD #gentrification
New paper by @ProfChazIII, @ForrestDStuart and @Janulis: 'Policing #gentrification or policing displacement?: Testing the relationship between order maintenance #policing and #neighbourhood change in Los Angeles' ow.ly/GaPN50E8bEC
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We found clear evidence that the police are engaged in more aggressive broken windows and order maintenance policing (e.g., cracking down on homeless people) in neighborhoods undergoing gentrification, where wealthier residents are moving in and displacing poor residents. 2/5
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But we also discovered more aggressive policing across ALL neighborhoods where poor folks are being displaced. It wasn’t just limited to gentrifying areas. In other words, where you see aggressive policing, you see poor people being pushed out. 3/5
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This means that the LAPD isn’t just facilitating gentrification and clearing poor folks to make way for wealthier people. In places like Skid Row, the police are engaged in therapeutic policing, trying to force poor folks into services and shelters against their will. 4/5
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Ultimately, this means that those of us fighting against rapid gentrification, for equitable neighborhoods, and for sustainable cities also have to fight against broken windows policing, order maintenance policies, and banishment practices that make poverty a crime. 5/5
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Wonderful, sobering perspective, as usual, from ⁦⁦@patrick_sharkey⁩ “When a social order depends on the police dominating public spaces, and that form of social order is questioned and starts to break down, it can lead to a surge in violence.” theatlantic.com/ideas/archiv…
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I’m really looking forward to this one. Claudio is such a thoughtful ethnographer and superb writer. Check out "How to Write an Ethnographic Article with Prof. Claudio Benzecry" eventbrite.com/e/how-to-writ… @Eventbrite
How to Write an Ethnographic Article with Prof. Claudio Benzecry eventbrite.com/e/how-to-writ… via @rightrelevance thanks @forrestdstuart
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After one of the worst weekends I’ve had in a while, Monday—usually the worst day of the week—is looking up.
Oh Jesus,Joseph & Mary—mercy. There is a REAL M-DASH on the phone? I feel faint. The waste of spirit in the waste of time that precedes this passing on of essential wisdom overwhelms.
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