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When Social Science Matters

- October 16, 2011

“I went nuts!” Ms. Melching said of her reaction after reading Professor Mackie’s article. “Here’s our answer: it has to be a collective pledge.”

From Sunday’s New York Times. The context is that UCSD political scientist Gerry Mackie sent a copy of his now famous article (pdf, non-gated) on the movement to end footbinding in China to a Senegalese activist who tried to end genital cutting. She recognized the parallels and based a successful movement on them. Both the Mackie article and the NYT piece are well worth your time.

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