Professors’ status loss

Friday, July 2nd, 2010

Christine Musselin, a French sociologist of higher education, ventures an interesting interpretation of the changing relation between professional status, salary, and the overall size of the academic profession. In short, she argues that the larger academia gets, the lower status professors will have. The massification of higher education has not only had demographic implications. It […]

Religion at Paris-8: Djinn and the Evil Eye

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

This is the last installment of my translation of some preliminary results from Charles Soulié’s study of religion among Paris-8 students, and this is going to be the post where I out myself as some kind of rationalist and modernist… Or at any rate where I express surprise at the non-negligible rates of magical and […]

Religion at Paris-8, Part 2

Tuesday, May 18th, 2010

I see that Mike has already inquired as to the methodology of the report on student religion that I began posting yesterday. Most of his methodological queries are settled by the below section, which was actually the introduction in the original French version, but which I’m posting second because I wanted to start with some […]

Religion at Paris-8, Part 1

Monday, May 17th, 2010

The main point of this post is as follows: One of the most left-wing universities in France is composed of a majority — a very slight majority, mind you, but still a majority — of religious believers. Charles Soulié, of the Paris-8 sociology department, kindly shared with me some unpublished results of a survey project […]

Disciplinary evolution in French universities

Wednesday, January 20th, 2010

If you want to get a sense of the overall institutional situation of French universities, it helps to look at how many French students are studying what. In this post I just want to present a basic, broad overview of the situation. There’s a lot to see here. You can see what sociologists call the […]

French university towns and decentralization

Sunday, January 17th, 2010

As it turns out, there’s no need for me to cobble together my own maps of French higher education. A beautiful official atlas is already made available by the Higher Education Ministry, with far more detail than I would care to track down by myself. Let me reproduce a couple of their figures: As you […]

Race and white dominance in American anthropology

Sunday, November 22nd, 2009

In demographic terms, anthropology in the United States continues to be dominated by white Americans. Consider this graph of the racial distribution of anthropology doctorates over the last twelve years (incidentally, the NSF had no data for 1999, so there should really be a gap year inserted here, but I trust you can all manage […]

Gender imbalance in anthropology

Saturday, September 12th, 2009

I want here to present some quick graphs that suggest the changing gender dynamics within American anthropology. This first graph shows the production of new doctorates since the 60s. It is commonly thought in the field that there has been something of a “feminization” of anthropology over the past few decades, and as we can […]

Trends in graduate student funding in anthropology

Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

This may be the last of my demographics posts for a bit, as I have to leave town for this coming week. But I think this may be one of the most important for anthropologists to examine — grad students in particular. Turns out there are NSF statistics on evolving financial support over time. Here […]

Dominant departments in American anthropology

Thursday, August 20th, 2009

In case you ever wondered which departments dominate my discipline — anthropology — in America, here we can get a pretty clear sense of demographic dominance, at the very least. I’ve added together the total number of PhDs awarded by each of these departments over the last two decades (1987-2007, 21 years total) and we […]