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Dee Dee - Forever

Not feeling a blog post tonight. But I am in the mood for chrome and neon.

What explains differences in color preference by sex?

Flashback Friday. A study published in 2001, to which I was alerted by Family Inequality, asked undergraduate college students their favorite color and presented the results by sex.  Men’s favorites are on the left, women’s on the right: The article is a great example of the difference between research findings and the interpretation of those […]

John van de Laarschot: A Political Obituary

A week ago one of the most controversial figures ever to have graced Stoke-on-Trent politics left the stage. I'm referring to John van de Laarschot, the now ex-chief executive of the six towns' beloved City Council. For a council officer...Show More Summary

The global sanitation crisis on #WorldToiletDay

One of the first things other academics ask me is “why are you interested in toilets?” For the vast majority of people, the biological function of waste excretion is an after thought, an activity that nobody wants to talk about, and often times, the mere thought of talking about shit grosses them out. I, however, […]

Social Strength in Sport: Mizzou Football Players as Agents of Change

Social science can help us make sense of activism and the dynamics behind it and within it as protests break out at schools across the country. One article by Dave Zirin in The Nation borrows concepts from sport sociology to discuss Mizzou’s football player protests in particular. As described in the article, University of Missouri […]

Aging on Campus

By Karen Sternheimer While attending a faculty meeting several months ago, some of the attendees commented about how fast time goes by upon hearing that a colleague’s son had recently married. When I commiserated, the others laughed and mentioned that...

Fairway and the Perils of Growth

November 18, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston “That’s private equity for you,” said Steve Jenkins. He was standing outside the uptown Fairway at 125th St. about to go to breakfast at a diner across the street. He no longer works at Fairway. Show More Summary

discussion about tenure in academia

During my blogcation, I will be visiting Boulder to participate in this discussion of tenure. If you are in Boulder, please drop by! 50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street  

usa today supports syrian refugees

I am very much behind on a number of issues, so I will be on a short blogcation till after Thanksgiving, when we will do our institutional theory review. For now, I direct you toward this op-ed by the Editorial Board of USA Today which comes out in favor of allowing refugees come to the […]

Understanding Social Media Solidarity

It used to be said that the lowest form of solidarity was signing a petition. Now you might argue that it's changing your social media avatars so they reflect the topical campaign of the month. It is with this jaundiced and sceptical...Show More Summary

Is Beiber’s What Do You Mean? just as bad as Thicke’s Blurred Lines?

Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines,” achieved international recognition in 2013. But the lyrics were also heavily criticized as promoting sexual violence by celebrating “blurred lines” around sexual consent. Indeed, the song and video prompted an online photo essay in which women and men are depicted holding up signs with words they heard from their own […]

Jeremy Corbyn and Shoot-to-Kill

You can understand the thirst for vengeance. Last night, France flew sorties over Syria to strike IS targets in Raqqa, the capital of their ramshackle semi-state. They reportedly hit a recruitment centre and munitions depot. Other facilities on the receiving end of French ordinance were a hospital, a museum, a stadium, and a chicken farm. Show More Summary

Fiction with a Sociological Attitude

By Sally Raskoff Sociology is everywhere, right? Certainly we can find great examples of sociological concept in fiction. I intended to do a top 5 list but that expanded to this top 10 and, as you may notice, it crept...

Covergirl’s Star Wars collection: They never had a chance, really

So, Star Wars is out with a new movie and instead of pretending female fans don’t exist, Disney has decided to license the Star Wars brand to Covergirl. A reader named David, intrigued, sent in a two-page ad from Cosmopolitan for analysis. What I find interesting about this ad campaign — or, more accurately — boring, is its invitation to women […]

After the Paris Attacks

Near the beginning of the year I had to write about a set of Paris attacks, and as it comes to a close here we are again. As 129 innocent people lie dead thanks to the cowardly actions of self-styled warriors of Allah, the awful shock...Show More Summary

born to be blue w/jo canion, flip nunes, john heard, & vince lateano

50+ chapters of grad skool advice goodness: Grad Skool Rulz ($2!!!!)/From Black Power/Party in the Street

Navigating Our Divided PLP

Is the Labour Party divided? Of course it is. But divided doesn't necessarily mean at each others' throats, at least some of the time. As divisions have been the theme of the week, it's time to quickly cast one's eye over the Parliamentary Labour Party and discern what groups are emerging among this most august of bodies. Show More Summary

Anorexia Mirabilis: Fasting in Victorian England and modern India

Flashback Friday. Joan Jacob Brumberg’s fantastic book, Fasting Girls: The History of Anorexia Nervosa, is an excellent example of the benefits of sociologically-inspired history.  Brumberg begins by explaining that girls who starved themselves have been recorded in many historical epochs, but the way in which societies have made sense of that starvation has varied. Today […]

Racial Profiling? There’s An App For That

“Sketchfactor,” “,” “,” and “Operation GroupMe” are just a few of the digital services available to city dwellers hoping to monitor their neighborhood’s crime rates and connect business owners and community members to law enforcement with greater ease. Show More Summary

The Return of George Galloway

Or not. Ever since the election of Jeremy - and before - there has been whispering that the Gorgeous One, George Galloway will make a triumphant return to Labour. Ever since his expulsion from the party for "bringing it into disrepute"...Show More Summary

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