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Americans Own 42% of all the Guns on the Planet

According to Vox, the U.S. has 4.43% of the world’s population and almost 42% of the world’s population of civilian-owned guns. This is your image of the week: It’s hard to say exactly, but there may be as many guns as there are people in the U.S., or even more guns than people. Since not […]

Review - Look Who's Back by Timur Vermes

A comic novel with Adolf Hitler as the main character? Really? Quite apart from the humourless fanaticism that characterised Hitler and the regime he founded, isn't it still a bit early to turn the most notorious name in modern history into a sympathetic figure of fun? Yes, it is. Show More Summary

Ski Jumping’s Weight “Problem”

Flashback Friday. The common sense assumption about success in sport often involves the belief that success is a result of innate talent and intensive practice. The more of both you have, the better you are. However, who is good at a particular sport is also the result of how that sport is organized. Sports have […]

Social (Re)Construction of Place in Columbia, South Carolina

By Colby King Assistant Professor of Sociology, Bridgewater State University The ongoing debate about the confederate flag on the grounds of the South Carolina State House reminds us of the power of the symbols we put in our places, and...

book spotlight: the end game – how inequality shapes our final years by corey abramson

You don’t see a lot of books linking cultural sociology and gerontology. An ethnographic study of elderly people in four neighbrohoods, The End Game is a study of the coping strategies that people use and how those are related to race and social class. For example, there are those who try to preserve their health […]

Choosing a Major: Dollars and Sense?

“What’s your major?” Often the reasons for choosing engineering or English extend beyond the student’s enthusiasm for the subject. Sociologist Kim Weeden explains to The Atlantic that parental income can play a part: students from wealthy families are more likely to study humanities and fine arts, while their lower-income peers tend to choose more “practical” […]

Goldfrapp - Lovely Head

I was going to spend this evening throwing together a riposte against this nonsense from Mary Creagh. Perhaps if I'm at a loose end over the weekend I might still. In the meantime I'm taking the evening off blogging duties, so let's revisit a track that evokes muggy days and weird summers.

Keep Up! John Oliver on Trans Rights

I usually try to avoid posting videos that are more than five minutes long, but this commentary about trans rights from John Oliver was too great to pass up. He does a wonderful job of introducing what it means to be transgender, as well as discussing: media coverage, the terrible statistics on discrimination and anti-trans violence, […]

book spotlight: in the face of inequality by melissa e. wooten

In the Face of Inequality: How Black Colleges Adapt is a new book on historically black colleges by Melissa E. Wooten. The purpose of the book is to ask how the field of HBCs has evolved over its history and to provide a sociological answer to this question. The book is built on a series […]

George Osborne's Decadent Budget

Let's scotch a myth that's been multiplying like typhus in news about the so-called emergency budget. George Osborne is no "political genius". Take a look at the measures he's outlined. All of them are imprinted with his partisan political economics designed as traps for the Labour Party. Show More Summary

Racial Construction and Appropriation

By Sally Raskoff Have you heard about the woman in Spokane, Washington, the former head of the local NAACP chapter who resigned when people discovered that her identified race did not match her ancestry? I’m talking about the case o...

A Day in the Life of a Prisoner

I wake up at 4:55 AM each and every morning. Why? Well, in part, because I can, because I have the freedom to choose at what time I’m going to start my day. This is not true of every day mind you, as many things can change an individual’s schedule or routine. That said, I […]

Meet Deputy Council Leader Dave Conway

As leading councillors at Stoke-on-Trent City Council gear up for a quiet summer of street fayres, holidays, and pub-based tub-thumping, word reaches my ear about the bland, the blue, and the blotto that makes up the city's ruling coalition. Show More Summary

Why the “No” Vote in Greece is a Win for Working People Everywhere

It seems certain that the political economy textbooks of the future will include a chapter on the experience of Greece in 2015. On July 5, 2015, the people of Greece overwhelmingly voted “NO” to the austerity ultimatum demanded by what is colloquially being called the Troika, the three institutions that have the power to shape Greece’s […]


July 7, 2015 Posted by Jay Livingston As we all know, President Obama, at the end of his eulogy for Rev. Pinckney, sang “Amazing Grace.” It was something of a last-minute decision. The Times yesterday (here) referred to an account by Valerie Jarrett, family friend and White House senior advisor. Show More Summary

An Incremental “Fight for 15?

San Francisco recently passed legislation which will eventually increase the minimum wage to $15 an hour in incremental, planned hikes. On the heels of the “Fight for 15” movement, this seems like good news for those living on or near the minimum wage. As explained by an article on NBC online, with help from CUNY […]

Labour Leadership Candidates on the Greek Referendum

Yesterday's vote in Greece was a momentous occasion. Almost two thirds of a people, many with politics far removed from that of its leadership, said no to demands for more austerity from the well heeled bureaucrats of the IMF and European Central Bank, and the ministers of the European Commission. Show More Summary

Progress and the Optimum Balance of Victory and Defeat

There is a whole social science to the optimal balance of victory and defeat in social movements and social change. Consider two political cartoons by Mike Luckovich. This from June 21: And this one from June 25: Did he really just demand the removal of the Confederate flag and then mock people who would celebrate its removal? Is that […]

Greece Votes No: What Now?

In time, they might come to call it the Tsipras Gamble. With an impossibly weak hand, no one seriously thought Syriza could pull it off. The verdict of the bail out referendum was predicted to be close, so close that it might well have been Syriza as opposed to Greece heading for the exit door. Show More Summary

“American Parties” in Other Countries

Using pictures with the tag #americanparty on Instagram, Buzzfeed put together a non-scientific collection of what “American Parties” thrown in other countries look like. it’s an interesting window into how they view us. Themes include red cups, popcorn, marshmallows, and sports jerseys. Happy 4th of July weekend everyone. Visit the original post for the whole set of […]

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