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NFL’s Domestic Abuse Prevention Team Drafts Sociologist Beth Richie

In response to the disturbing number of domestic violence arrests of its players, the NFL recently created a panel for implementing domestic abuse education and prevention strategies within the league. Beth Ritchie, the University of Illinois at Chicago’s director of the Institute of Research on Race and Public Policy, was named as one of its five senior […]

Men Dressing Up as Fat Women

Flashback Friday. An excellent piece of evidence that femininity is hilarious or ridiculous in U.S. culture, or even frightening or disgusting, is the fact that men use the category “woman” as a Halloween costume. We laugh when we see men dressed up as women because how ridiculous, right? Women do not generally dress up like a generic […]

From the Archives: Halloween

It’s that time of year again!  We are about to embark on seven straight days of Sociological Halloween Images.  As usual, you’re welcome and we’re sorry. Look, Ashley S. is sad already: In the meantime, enjoy our collection of Halloween posts from years past or visit our Halloween-themed Pinterest page. Just For Fun A Hallowmeme costume: Women laughing […]

What’s for Breakfast?

One of my favorite examples of social construction is that we eat hot links for breakfast and pork chops for dinner. Both pig, but morning sausage seems odd in the evening and pork chops for breakfast would be a decidedly deviant sunrise treat. A pretty set of photos at The New York Times illustrates this social construction of breakfast […]

Apple’s Health App: Where’s the Power?

In truth, I didn’t pay a tremendous amount of attention to iOS8 until a post scrolled by on my Tumblr feed, which disturbed me a good deal: The new iteration of Apple’s OS included “Health”, an app that – among many other things – contains a weight tracker and a calorie counter. And can’t be deleted. Okay, […]

Just for Fun: The Folly of Small Sample Sizes

Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal, by Zach Weiner. Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College and the co-author of Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.

“Rental Dreads”: Female Sex Tourists in the Caribbean

Flashback Friday. While preparing a lecture on sex tourism, I ran across this video about men who have sex with female tourists in the Caribbean: There’s a lot of interesting stuff going on there, no? I was fascinated by the female hotel owner who talks about the men “preying” on the female tourists, clearly placing […]

Marx on Alienation

Forgive the 19th century language: What then constitutes the alienation of labour? First, the fact that labour is external to the worker, i.e., it does not belong to his intrinsic nature; that in his work, therefore, he does not affirm...Show More Summary

EU Support at 20 Year High

Calling it support might be a bit of a stretch but nevertheless this is interesting: Here's your source. The professional pundits are probably right. This is a backlash of sorts against UKIP. The greater their presence is felt, the more their backwardness is plastered all over the media the stiffer the resistance to their blandishments becomes. Show More Summary

UKIP Calypso

Words do not yet exist that adequately sum up what an ear-bleeding travesty this cacophonous cack is.

How Labour Can See Off the Greens

Political parties are always coalitions of interests, and nowhere is that truer than our dear old Westminster: practically the last bastion of winner-takes-all parliamentary elections in the world. All it takes to form a majority government is 325 seats, a feat that can be managed without winning an absolute majority of votes. Show More Summary

Saturday Interview: Stroppybird

Stroppybird - not her real name - is a socialist feminist activist and Facebook obsessive currently living in London. Stropps wrote things for five years over at the eponymous Stroppyblog. You can follow her on Twitter here. Why did you start blogging? I got into blogs when my partner started one. Show More Summary

Ebola Scares: When Panic is a Pathogen

Though there is still much work to be done to curb cases of Ebola across Liberia, Guinea, and Sierra Leone, good news came this week as the World Health Organization declared Nigeria Ebola-free. Yet fear of the disease remains around the world as Americans and Europeans call for travel restrictions to limit further exposure. Why all […]

Remembering Mark Bell

Some very sad news for dance fans I've only just picked up. Mark was an important influence on the wave of rave and electronica that conquered Britain in the early 90s. As such, and as one half of LFO there can be few better ways to remember him.

Pushing Secret Service Director Off the Glass Cliff?

When Julia Pierson’s name first appeared in national headlines last year, it must have sounded like a perfect solution. President Obama appointed Pierson as the nation’s first female Director of the Secret Service following the aftermath of an embarrassing scandal in which several agents hired prostitutes on a presidential trip to Columbia. Many saw Pierson […]

UKIP, Symbolism, and Image

This tweet by Ellie Mae O'Hagan planted a seed. Strip away the populist politics for a moment, what is it that UKIP's chosen symbol - the pound sign - says about their party? Or, to be more accurate, what is it about the logo that resonates. Show More Summary

Who is a Low Wage Earner?

By Karen Sternheimer The mayor of Los Angeles has proposed increasing the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour in the city, and requested an analysis of the potential impact an increase would have on workers and businesses. Researchers from UC...

Names – The Last Shall Be First

October 16, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston What to name the baby has become more and more of a problem. A few generations ago, you could give a boy a name that had always been in the family. When is the last time your heard a parent call, “Junior, come here”? Parents in a high-status family could give a son a family name as a first name. Show More Summary

i don’t want to be right

That’s the name of an article in the New Yorker that explores the work of my good friend political scientist Brendan Nyhan. The essence of pretty simple: people don’t change beliefs if it somehow challenges their identity: Last month, Brendan Nyhan, a professor of political science at Dartmouth, published the results of a study that […]

Chart of the Week: Politicians Following, Not Leading on Same-Sex Marriage

For those of us in favor of same-sex marriage rights, it’s been an exciting few years. Politicians and legislatures have been increasingly tipping toward marriage equality. Lots of us are commending the powerful and high-profile individuals who have decided to support the cause. But, let’s not be too grateful. A figure at xkcd puts this in perspective. […]

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