It's common sense that the oppression of women, of black and minority ethnicities, of LGBT folk all have histories. Things change. The same is true of disabilities. People with some form of physical or mental impairment have been variously treated over the centuries. Show More Summary
By Jonathan Wynn The discussion of the Jonathan Martin/Ritchie Incognito case would be incomplete without mention of its racial components. It was somewhat unsurprising that even after news of his alleged harassment that Dolphins teammates rallied around Incognito. He seemed...
For many students, school violence, including bullying and physical fighting, is a daily concern and a regular experience. But what effects do these experiences or observations of violence within school have on students’ educationalShow More Summary
November 22, 2013 Posted by Jay Livingston The Kennedy assassination was my first clear lesson in the sociology of emotions, though I didn’t know it at the time. I was in Japan, living with a Japanese family in a small town in the mountains of Nagano prefecture. Show More Summary
November 21, 2013 Posted by Jay Livingston There was no special Google design, but today is Coleman Hawkins’s birthday. He would have been ninety-nine. His 1939 recording of “Body and Soul” is one of the most famous solos in jazz. Maybe the most famous. Show More Summary
Yesterday the Pew Research Center released data on the news coverage of Typhoon Haiyan — a disaster that has killed at least 4,000 people — and the bungled Obamacare website roll-out. Comparing 20 hours of news coverage over four major U.S. channels, they found dramatic differences. The data below shows the hours and minutes spent […]
I was privileged enough, almost by chance, to be at Stoke North Constituency Labour Party's meeting last Friday when Joan Walley announced her retirement. But no sooner had the story gone public the speculation began about who will fill her shoes after 2015 - assuming, of course, Labour wins in that part of the world. Show More Summary
On October 28th, Miami Dolphins offensive lineman Jonathan Martin left the National Football League citing emotional distress as a result of abuse at the hands of his teammate Richie Incognito. Incognito admits to having sent Martin racist, homophobic, and threatening text messages and voicemails but argues that rather than hazing or bullying, this was merely an instance […]
Dear Readers, This week is the annual Social Science History Association meeting. I’m excited to be presenting a preliminary overview of my dissertation, “Inventing the Economy (or, How We Learned to Stop Worrying and Love the GDP)” at a panel on Saturday at 10:15am called “Making Things with Social Science.” The panel also features Lisa […]
If I had a penny every time someone said "Stoke Labour is in crisis", you could sink a copper mine in my pocket. Time after time, the local press and the minute Stoke local politics bubble has breathlessly claimed the three constituency parties making up our fair city are in chaos or turmoil. Show More Summary
In the age-old struggle to “have it all,” many of us try to squeeze extra hours out of each day in order to accommodate all of our work and family responsibilities. In the past this discussion has revolved around female workers, those who juggle full-time work, parental duties, and the domestic chores of the “second […]
The current economic recovery officially began June 2009 and is one of the weakest in the post-World War II period by almost every indicator except growth in profits. One reason it has offered working people so little is the contraction of government spending and employment. This may sound strange given the steady drumbeat of articles […]
The New Yorker just published a short piece by James Surowiecki on the difficulty of valuing the gains for consumers generated by new technologies, especially digital goods which are given away for free. The piece is a nice summary of recent research by economists like Brynjolfsson and Mandel who attempt to augment existing national income […]
November 18, 2013 Posted by Jay Livingston I’m jumping on the sympathy-for-plagiarists carousel. When Rachel Maddow called out Rand Paul for plagiarism, linguist Geoffrey Nunberg offered a defense of sorts in his six minutes of airtime on NPR. Show More Summary
Sociologists like to say that gender identities are socially constructed. That just means that what it is, and what it means, to be male or female is at least partly the outcome of social interaction between people – visible through the rules, attitudes, media, or ideals in the social world. And that process sometimes involves […]
By Jonathan Wynn Last year I wrote about pranks and I have received several phone calls over the last two weeks from sports radio folks wanting me to talk about the alarming story coming out of the Miami Dolphins football...
From Sheriff Joe Arpaio and his controversial raids on and detentions of immigrants to Rush Limbaugh and his rhetoric about “feminazis,” some white men, those which sociologist Michael Kimmel terms “angry white men,” are resisting perceived challenges against their masculinity and historical experiences of privilege. In his new book Angry White Men, Kimmel has interviewed […]
It's one of them (thankfully) rare moments. Up until Wednesday I am absolutely rammed with work so don't be surprised if blogging is very light. But there is stuff bubbling under, such as pieces on the Baddeley, Milton and Norton by-election here in Stoke, a 'new stage' of capitalism, and the collapse of generational difference - among other things. Show More Summary
olden days a glimpse of stocking Was looked on as something shocking, But now lord knows — Anything goes. — Cole Porter, 1934 Poor Richard Cohen, columnist for the Washington Post. He’s being raked over the liberal coals for this recent observation: Today’s GOP is not racist, as Harry Belafonte alleged about the tea party, […]
I absolutely love this comic from Robot Hugs! Yes, people are people! Or, as Kathryn Dindia once said, “Men are from North Dakota, women are from South Dakota.” Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.