Articles tagged sociology

‘The Gang’s All Queer’ Challenges Simplistic Assumptions About Gang Members

Vanessa Panfil seeks to complicate the popular narratives surrounding gang members and the hypermasculine, hyper-heterosexual lives they lead.

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How to Ruin a University Without Really Trying

As Stefan Collini discusses in Speaking of Universities, none of the things universities aim to do -- from educating people to achieving research breakthroughs -- can be achieved under the conditions they’re increasingly being made to conform to.

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Goran Therborn’s Scholary Study, ‘Cities of Power’ and the Global Moment

"Capital cities are by definition sites of political power... they are open also sites of resistance, of political counter-power, of protest rallies and headquarters of opposition movements, parties and trade unions."

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‘Popular’: You Are Not Fated to Be Disliked

Adolescent psychologist Mitch Prinstein's new study of popularity, Popular, confirms the worst and hopes for the best.

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Summer Turns to Fall: Revisiting the ‘Summer of Love’ 50 Years Later

Summer of Love simultaneously demonstrates why that moment in the cultural timeline is worth commemorating, what its legacy is, and what was lost as summer turned to fall.

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‘Beyond Trans’ Exposes the Absurd Sex and Gender Bureaucracy

Reading Beyond Trans is like having one's window shades thrown open after arising from a long night of sleep: the sunlight burns the eyes, but it awakens them.

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‘Post Grad’ Takes a Hard, Honest Look at Life After College

Many recent grads will appreciate knowing that they aren’t the only ones struggling after graduating college.

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‘Til Death Do You Part: And Other Thoughts About Family

Annabelle Gurwitch's humorous memoir, Wherever You Go, There They Are, captures how one is forever in the thralls of the family -- no matter the form that family takes.

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On Race and Meritocracy in Academia

Today's elite universities and students claim to value diversity. But do they really?

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‘The Book of the Dead’ Reflects the Complexity of Its Author and His Times

Orikuchi Shinobu's work helps to illustrate the power of fiction and literature to bring to life -- quite literally, in this case -- academic theories surrounding religion, folklore and sociology.

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Nato Thompson’s Culture as Weapon’ in the Shadow of a Political Spectacle

Nato Thompson reminds us that battles are fought not just over culture, but with it.

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The Market Knows All and Sees All

Renowned theologian Harvey Cox examines contemporary belief and modern America gods: Market, DOW, Nasdaq, and more in The Market As God.

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Why Are So Many White Americans So Fearful These Days?

Published just as many white American conservatives embrace a xenophobic demagogue as their savior, Hochschild’s emotive and empathic study provides guidance for how the US came to this crisis point.

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Every F***ing Thing You Need to Know About Profanity

Why "jeepers creepers" should be more profane than any word you (still) can't say on television, why it isn't, and why that matters.

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Are You ‘Wasting Time on the Internet’? Is That Such a Bad Thing?

"I’m reading these days -- ironically, on the web -- that we don’t read anymore."

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Eviction Has Become Increasingly Prevalent and Increasing Damning

Matthew Desmond sees poverty and housing as questions of morality in Evicted.

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What Would Animals Say If We Asked the Right Questions?

Vinciane Despret blends science with story to give readers new ways to think about animals and our relationships with them.

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Living by the Word in Jooyoung Lee’s ‘Blowin’ Up: Rap Dreams in South Central’

Blowin’ Up peers into the world of hip-hop as it is lived by some of the art form’s most dedicated practitioners.

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‘Global Punk’: The Longevity of Punk Encourages

No previous survey of punk has likely examined a Celtic band from Indonesia, or swept across the Basque Country, Poland, and Edinburgh as well as Long Island, Chicago, or Austin.

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‘Empire of Things’ Is Both an Epic and a Necessary Look at Consumer Culture

Trentmann's historical analysis of consumption manages to be both depressing about our habits and hopeful about change.

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