I am always surprised when Valentine’s day rolls around in America as the fiery public outbursts don’t seem so prevalent. In contemporary India this day holds a special significance especially for youngsters. More than the average date-night with an exchange of chocolates, gifts, and flowers, Valentine’s Day provides an opportunity for young practitioners to authenticate […]
By Sally Raskoff Pete Seeger, one of many well-known sociology majors, passed away in January 2014 at the age of 94. His education in sociology reflects a specific time and place in history and his life experiences and impact on...
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Thank you Rachel Bloom for this cringe-worthy, plague-ridden parody of the Disney princess franchise! And thanks to @AJP_lighthouse for sending it in! Lisa Wade is a professor of sociology at Occidental College. You can follow her on Twitter and Facebook.
Back in the noughties, there was a Stoke-on-Trent councillor who faced a very strong challenge from the BNP for his seat. The fascists threw the kitchen sink at it, and Labour countered by ensuring they went door-to-door. It was touch-and-go but in the end the BNP did not win and the incumbent clung on. Show More Summary
Our recent post collecting examples of creative resistance to sexually objectifying advertising was a big hit, which makes me think y’all are going to love this one. The National Eating Disorder Information Center paid to put up a creative ad/trash can. It reads “Shed your weight problem here” and encourages passers-by to dispose of their […]
While following up on an inquiry about the list price for my book Enabling Creative Chaos: The Organization Behind the Burning Man on amazon, I was surprised to see that at least one vendor has apparently entered an algorithmic deathspiral on the offer price. If anyone wants a new copy of the book for $29,150.92 […]
February 7, 2014 Posted by Jay Livingston 1. I wonder if hip-hop is taking some of the nastiness and venom out of the word “nigger” (or “nigga”).I was at a Sweet Sixteen party last weekend in New Rochelle. The kids were mostly White or Hispanic. Show More Summary
A popular quote urges us to shoot for the moon: even if we miss, it tells us, we’ll land among the stars. According to new research, there’s more to it than cheesy inspiration. Using data from two waves of the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth, sociologist John Reynolds and Chardie Baird test the common notion that failing […]
Dithering, indecision, fighting shy of consequences, all these can kill a political career. Ask Gordon Brown about the election that never was. But for all his faults - and they are legion - Dave does a good job of affecting the prime ministerial. Show More Summary
Last year I was tickled to write about a cool study showing that, if a person grows up with a language that writes from left to right, then numerical estimates of things like weight or height will, on average, be smaller when a person is imperceptibly and unknowingly leaning to the left. Seriously, it’s awesomely […]
By Karen Sternheimer Last year, Ethan Couch, 16, drove drunk and killed four people and severely injured two others in Texas. The case made national news when during the sentencing face his legal team claimed that he “suffered” from “affluenza”....
When people discuss Obama’s contribution to racial inequality, people quickly sort into a few camps. In the middle, and among Democratic partisans, Obama has done well. He believes in affirmative action and avoids race baiting. On the hard left, he’s slammed for not taking a more direct approach. They suggest that Obama either openly discuss […]
Johnson's at it again. Rather than sit down and have meaningful dialogue with workers' representatives on the London Underground, he's been carping about a "lack of mandate" because the RMT's successful strike ballot came off the back of a 40% turnout. Show More Summary
A new study on the differential earning power of male and female movie stars beings with a quote from Jennifer Jason Leigh: It’s the nature of the business. People equate success with youth (source). She’s half right. Irene Pater and her co-authors looked at the pay of 265 actors and actresses who appeared in […]
Contrary to conservatives’ emphasis on family values, sociologist Jennifer Glass at the University of Texas at Austin concludes that “red” states have higher divorce rates than their “blue” counterparts. Although previous studies have...Show More Summary
This is a post for people in R1 programs who have dissertation students. I am only writing this after I’ve gone through the job market search with two students. One got a great job – but I had nothing to do with it! It was a good administrative job that fit with the student’s career […]
I’m really happy to announce a new post doctoral position here at Northwestern University on social media and activism. If you’re interested, please apply early. The application deadline is March 2nd! The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University seeks a post-doctoral researcher interested in at least one of the following areas of scholarship: social […]
In 2010 a scandal that erupted when designer Mark Fast decided to use four plus-size models (US sizes 8-10) in his catwalk show at London Fashion Week. Protesting his decision, his stylist and creative director quit, leaving him just three days to find replacements. The incident is a great example of how even relatively powerful […]
For the past year I’ve slowly been working my way through Stanley Aronowitz’s Taking it Big: C. Wright Mills and the Making of Political Intellectuals. My slowness in finishing the book isn’t an indicator of how enjoyable or interesting this book really is. This book is fascinating, especially if you’re interested in the intellectual history […]