Flashback Friday. Studies show that people will often act in ways consistent with how they are treated. Therefore, treating someone according to a stereotype will likely produce behavior that confirms the stereotype. This is called a self-fulfilling stereotype. Show More Summary
Sociology and stand-up comedy have a lot in common: both reveal deep truths about life experiences and reveal the connections and disconnections of humanity. One just has more citations. For his upcoming book Modern Romance, stand-up comic and Parks and Rec star Aziz Ansari teams up with sociologist Eric Klinenberg to tackle modern dating in […]
The words 'petard' and 'hoisted by' spring to mind. There is one man in Britain terrified by Ed Miliband, and his name is David Cameron.
In honor of Leonard Nimoy, Canadians have been drawing his likeness on their five dollar bill. The Bank of Canada says “cut it out.” 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!
Picture a family holiday dinner. Food is on the table, everyone is gathered together, and a high school or college student is text messaging under the table. Upon prodding questions about the recipient—“Are you dating?”—the irritated adolescent might glance up just long enough to mumble, “We’re just talking.” Sociology professor Kathy Hull shares her […]
The weak man of British politics is at it again. Having moved heaven and earth to try and avoid the television debates, Dave has now condescended to appear in a single contest with six other party leaders. In what can only be described...Show More Summary
Following the whitest Academy Awards in nearly 20 years, UCLA’s Ralph J. Bunche Center for African American Studies released its 2015 Hollywood Diversity Report. Sociologist and center Director Darnell Hunt described the findings to The Hollywood Reporter: “Hollywood is not progressing at the same rate as America is diversifying.” The study, which surveyed the […]
NPR put together a nice graphic showing the most common job in every state every two years from 1978 to 2014. It’s a fascinating ride from secretaries, farmers, and machine operators to truck drivers, truck drivers, and truck drivers. Click to enlarge. 1978: 2014: Quoctrung Bui explains some of the trends: Truck drivers came to “dominate […]
My former colleague Elizabeth Armstrong and IU alum Laura Hamilton have won the ASA Distinguished publication award for Paying for the Party, their much discussed book on the effects of the party scene on college students. Their book use ethnographic data to describe how the party scene disproportionately affects working class students and mitigates the […]
"It's not what you've got, but what you do with it." That's the advice I imbibed from reading reams and reams of agony aunt columns as I was growing up. Not because I was seeking advice or reassurance mind (hung like a hoss, of course) but because men and boys fraught by their penis size were regular fixtures in Dear Deidre and the like. Show More Summary
At Everyday Sociology, sociologist Karen Sternheimer made a nice observation about the problem of teen drinking. It’s not our biggest alcohol problem. According to the CDC, the age group most likely to die from binge drinking is people 35-64 years old. In fact, three out of every four alcohol poisoning deaths are in this age group […]
A little while back, Omar released a pamphlet called The End of Theorists. It’s an essay on the state of theory in sociology and some possibilities for the future. Originally given as address to the junior theorist’s symposium, he expanded it into an essay. Omar’s bad news is that the official role of “theorist” has […]
Bah, no time for blogging tonight. Instead, here's no. 12 from my top 100 of the 00s.
Urban planning is a partisan issue. The graph below, produced by the Pew Research Center, shows that the American public are evenly split between small, walkable communities (48%) and sprawling suburbs with McMansions (49%), but that split is strongly partisan. 77% of consistent liberals want to live in neighborhoods where “the houses are smaller and […]
Ding dong! Congratulations to Rory McVeigh, Omar Lizardo, and Sarah Mustillo on being named the incoming editors of the American Sociological Review. I wish them all the best and I look forward to being rejected by them! A few interesting notes: First, if you ever wondered whether blogging damages your career chances, this should put […]
A charismatic leader. A people's army. A set of "commonsense" policies. An increasingly worried party leadership concerned about the electrifying effect one man's oratory is having among the grassroots. This is not 2015, and the actors are not an insurgent UKIP under Nigel Farage. Show More Summary
By Colby King and Jakari Griffith, Bridgewater State University Colby King is an Assistant Professor of Sociology; Jakari Griffith is an Assistant Professor of Management Recently, Pittsburgh Pirates star center fielder Andrew McCutchen shared a great essay on The Players’...
In Greco-Roman wrestling, boxing, and mixed martial arts, there is a rule that you never hit “below the belt.” The area of biggest concern is the testicles. As the Ultimate Fighting Championship rules specify, “groin attacks of any kind” are a foul. This is probably because groin attacks might make for short fights or ones where […]
… if you attend any of the book talks listed below. I’ll send a free copy to a friend if you live tweet the talk w/photo. 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street!!
My friend and co-author Michael Heaney will be speaking about Party in the Street this week. Here is the info: On Monday, Michael will be in Washington, will be at Busboys and Poets in Washington, DC. 6:30 pm, catch it if you can. On Tuesday, Michael will be in Chicago at the Seminary Coop bookstore. […]