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Kieran Healy

Professor of Sociology
Sociology
268 Sociology/Psychology BLD, BOX_90088, Durham, NC 27708

Selected Publications


The Ordinal Society

Book · 2024 The Ordinal Society shows how these predictions structure life chances, producing a hollow morality that launders familiar forms of social advantage into an illusion of merit. ... Cite

Reply to Putnam-Hornstein et al.: On honest mistakes and raceless children.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · December 2021 Full text Open Access Cite

Erratum: Contact with Child Protective Services is pervasive but unequally distributed by race and ethnicity in large US counties (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2021) 118 (e2106272118) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2106272118)

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · October 19, 2021 The authors wish to note the following: "Shortly after the publication of our article we were contacted by another team of researchers (Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Eunhye Ahn, John Prindle, and DanielWebster) who have access to privately funded data from Calif ... Full text Open Access Cite

Contact with Child Protective Services is pervasive but unequally distributed by race and ethnicity in large US counties.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · July 2021 This article provides county-level estimates of the cumulative prevalence of four levels of Child Protective Services (CPS) contact using administrative data from the 20 most populous counties in the United States. Rates of CPS investigation are extremely ... Full text Cite

Transformative Treatments

Journal Article Noûs · June 1, 2018 Full text Cite

Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media

Journal Article Perspectives on Politics · September 1, 2017 I informally examine how the idea of public sociology has been affected by the rise of social media. New social media platforms disintermediate communication, make people more visible, and encourage public life to be measured. They tend to move the discipl ... Full text Cite

Fuck Nuance

Journal Article Sociological Theory · June 1, 2017 Featured Publication Nuance is not a virtue of good sociological theory. Although often demanded and superficially attractive, nuance inhibits the abstraction on which good theory depends. I describe three "nuance traps" common in sociology and show why they should be avoided ... Full text Cite

Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.

Journal Article The American economic review · May 2017 Featured Publication Full text Cite

Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body

Journal Article American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings · 2017 Link to item Cite

Seeing like a market

Journal Article Socio-Economic Review · January 1, 2017 Featured Publication What do markets see when they look at people? Information dragnets increasingly yield huge quantities of individual-level data, which are analyzed to sort and slot people into categories oftaste, riskiness or worth. These tools deepen the reach of the mark ... Full text Cite

Classification situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era

Journal Article Historical Social Research · January 1, 2017 Featured Publication This article examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. We argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and sort individuals into classification situations that shape life-chances. W ... Full text Cite

Categories all the way down

Journal Article Historical Social Research · January 1, 2017 Scores and classifications are dual to one another. Cardinal and ordinal measures are repeatedly used to produce nominal classifications of essential worth. Conversely, presumptively natural kinds provide the basis for new measurement and scoring systems. ... Full text Cite

The Performativity of Networks

Journal Article Archives Europeennes de Sociologie · August 7, 2015 Featured Publication The performativity thesis is the claim that parts of contemporary economics and finance, when carried out into the world by professionals and popularizers, reformat and reorganize the phenomena they purport to describe, in ways that bring the world into li ... Full text Cite

Data Visualization in Sociology.

Journal Article Annual review of sociology · July 2014 Visualizing data is central to social scientific work. Despite a promising early beginning, sociology has lagged in the use of visual tools. We review the history and current state of visualization in sociology. Using examples throughout, we discuss recent ... Full text Cite

Classification situations: Life-chances in the neoliberal era

Journal Article Accounting, Organizations and Society · January 1, 2013 This article examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. We argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and sort individuals into classification situations that shape life-chances. W ... Full text Cite

Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law'

Journal Article Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16 · 2012 Cite

Custom, Contract, and Kidney Exchange

Journal Article Duke Law Journal · 2012 Link to item Cite

The Ordinal Society

Book · 2024 The Ordinal Society shows how these predictions structure life chances, producing a hollow morality that launders familiar forms of social advantage into an illusion of merit. ... Cite

Reply to Putnam-Hornstein et al.: On honest mistakes and raceless children.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · December 2021 Full text Open Access Cite

Erratum: Contact with Child Protective Services is pervasive but unequally distributed by race and ethnicity in large US counties (Proc. Natl. Acad. Sci. U.S.A. (2021) 118 (e2106272118) DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2106272118)

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · October 19, 2021 The authors wish to note the following: "Shortly after the publication of our article we were contacted by another team of researchers (Emily Putnam-Hornstein, Eunhye Ahn, John Prindle, and DanielWebster) who have access to privately funded data from Calif ... Full text Open Access Cite

Contact with Child Protective Services is pervasive but unequally distributed by race and ethnicity in large US counties.

Journal Article Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America · July 2021 This article provides county-level estimates of the cumulative prevalence of four levels of Child Protective Services (CPS) contact using administrative data from the 20 most populous counties in the United States. Rates of CPS investigation are extremely ... Full text Cite

Transformative Treatments

Journal Article Noûs · June 1, 2018 Full text Cite

Public Sociology in the Age of Social Media

Journal Article Perspectives on Politics · September 1, 2017 I informally examine how the idea of public sociology has been affected by the rise of social media. New social media platforms disintermediate communication, make people more visible, and encourage public life to be measured. They tend to move the discipl ... Full text Cite

Fuck Nuance

Journal Article Sociological Theory · June 1, 2017 Featured Publication Nuance is not a virtue of good sociological theory. Although often demanded and superficially attractive, nuance inhibits the abstraction on which good theory depends. I describe three "nuance traps" common in sociology and show why they should be avoided ... Full text Cite

Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body.

Journal Article The American economic review · May 2017 Featured Publication Full text Cite

Repugnance Management and Transactions in the Body

Journal Article American Economic Review: Papers & Proceedings · 2017 Link to item Cite

Seeing like a market

Journal Article Socio-Economic Review · January 1, 2017 Featured Publication What do markets see when they look at people? Information dragnets increasingly yield huge quantities of individual-level data, which are analyzed to sort and slot people into categories oftaste, riskiness or worth. These tools deepen the reach of the mark ... Full text Cite

Classification situations: Life-chances in the Neoliberal Era

Journal Article Historical Social Research · January 1, 2017 Featured Publication This article examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. We argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and sort individuals into classification situations that shape life-chances. W ... Full text Cite

Categories all the way down

Journal Article Historical Social Research · January 1, 2017 Scores and classifications are dual to one another. Cardinal and ordinal measures are repeatedly used to produce nominal classifications of essential worth. Conversely, presumptively natural kinds provide the basis for new measurement and scoring systems. ... Full text Cite

The Performativity of Networks

Journal Article Archives Europeennes de Sociologie · August 7, 2015 Featured Publication The performativity thesis is the claim that parts of contemporary economics and finance, when carried out into the world by professionals and popularizers, reformat and reorganize the phenomena they purport to describe, in ways that bring the world into li ... Full text Cite

Data Visualization in Sociology.

Journal Article Annual review of sociology · July 2014 Visualizing data is central to social scientific work. Despite a promising early beginning, sociology has lagged in the use of visual tools. We review the history and current state of visualization in sociology. Using examples throughout, we discuss recent ... Full text Cite

Classification situations: Life-chances in the neoliberal era

Journal Article Accounting, Organizations and Society · January 1, 2013 This article examines the stratifying effects of economic classifications. We argue that in the neoliberal era market institutions increasingly use actuarial techniques to split and sort individuals into classification situations that shape life-chances. W ... Full text Cite

Micro-Symposium on Orin Kerr's 'A Theory of Law'

Journal Article Green Bag 2d, Vol. 16 · 2012 Cite

Custom, Contract, and Kidney Exchange

Journal Article Duke Law Journal · 2012 Link to item Cite

Judgment and Disctinction

Journal Article Socio-Economic Review · 2011 Cite

Counting and Commodifying

Journal Article Washington University Journal of Law and Policy · 2011 Cite

Lo Scambio di Doni

Chapter · 2008 Cite

Sociology

Chapter · 2008 Cite

Sociology

Chapter · January 1, 2008 Productive exchange between disciplines faces a paradox. Modern fields of enquiry are large, differentiated, and always growing. This means their boundaries are extensive, and there are many areas of potential contact between them. We are spoiled for share ... Full text Cite

Moral Views of Market Society

Journal Article Annual Review of Sociology · 2007 Cite

Do Presumed Consent Laws Raise Organ Procurement Rates?

Journal Article DePaul Law Review · 2006 Cite

Sacred Markets and Secular Ritual in the Organ Transplant Industry

Chapter · February 12, 2004 The Sociology of the Economy demonstrates the vitality of empirical research in the field of economic sociology and the power of sociological models in explaining how markets operate. ... Cite

Altruism as an Organizational Problem: The Case of Organ Procurement

Journal Article American Sociological Review · 2004 Cite

Survey article: Digital technology and cultural goods

Journal Article Journal of Political Philosophy · January 1, 2002 Full text Cite

Digital Technology and Cultural Goods

Journal Article Journal of Political Philosophy · 2002 Cite

The Emergence of HIV in the U.S. Blood Supply: Organizations, Obligations, and the Management of Uncertainty

Journal Article Theory and Society: renewal and critique in social theory · August 1, 1999 Link to item Cite

Data Visualization in Sociology

Journal Article Annual Review of Sociology Link to item Cite

What's New for Culture in the New Economy

Journal Article The Journal of Arts Management, Law, and Society Link to item Cite