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Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

In his speech last week accepting the Republican nomination for President, Donald Trump said (my emphasis): …our plan will put America First. Americanism, not globalism, will be our credo. As long as we are led by politicians who will not put America First, then we can be assured that other nations will not treat America with respect. […]

Happy Birthday Sociological Images!

Woo hoo! SocImages is nine! Thanks to all of you who discovered SocImages this year and to those of you who’ve been hanging on! It was my bumpiest year yet with a three month hiatus to finish American Hookup. There are also changes afoot. After nine years, it makes sense to shake things up a bit. I’m hoping […]

English Acquisition Among Immigrants to the U.S.

Flashback Friday. Is it true that Spanish-speaking immigrants to the United States resist assimilation? Not if you judge by language acquisition and compare them to earlier European immigrants. The sociologist Claude S. Fischer, at Made in America, offers this data: The bottom line represents the percentage of English-speakers among the wave of immigrants counted in the […]

Breaking Down the Force/Choice Binary in the Sterilization of Women of Color

Flashback Friday. U.S. women of color have historically been the victims of forced sterilization.  Sometimes women were sterilized during Cesarean sections and never told; others were threatened with termination of welfare benefits or...Show More Summary

A Woman Steps Out onto the Glass Cliff: Theresa May to Lead the UK

At the end of last month, just after the United Kingdom voted to leave the European Union, a commentator at the lauded US News and World Report claimed that the “general consensus” was that the vote was a “veritable dumpster fire.” Since then, most citizens of the EU, many Americans, and lots of UK citizens, […]

Trump Supporters Substantially More Racist Than Other Republicans

A set of polls by Reuters/Ipsos — the first done just before Cruz and Kasich dropped out of the primary race and the second sometime after — suggests that, when it comes to attitudes toward African Americans, Republicans who favored Cruz and (especially) Kasich have more in common with Clinton supporters than they do Trump supporters. […]

A SocImages Collection: Police, Black Americans, and U.S. Society

See, also, the Ferguson syllabus put together by Sociologists for Justice, the Baltimore syllabus, and this summary of the facts by Nicki Lisa Cole. Race and policing: Race and gun laws in practice When force is hardest to justify, victims of homicide by police are most likely to be black The failure of racial profiling Stand Your Ground increases […]

The Vanishing Barbershop?

The barbershop holds a special place in American culture. With its red, white, and blue striped poles, dark Naugahyde chairs, and straight razor shaves, the barbershop has been a place where men congregate to shore up their stubble and get a handle on their hair. From a sociological perspective, the barbershop is an interesting place […]

The Most Trustful Societies are Weakly Religious and Diverse

We often think that religion helps to build a strong society, in part because it gives people a shared set of beliefs that fosters trust. When you know what your neighbors think about right and wrong, it is easier to assume they are trustworthy people. The problem is that this logic focuses on trustworthy individuals, […]

Sense of Political Disenfranchisement Strongly Predicts Support for Trump

One explanation for Trump’s popularity on the political right is that supporters are attracted to him because they feel invisible to “establishment” candidates and Trump, as an “outsider” is going to “shake things up.” A survey of 3,037...Show More Summary

How the Childfree Decide

Media have tended to depict childfree people negatively, likening the decision not to have children to “whether to have pizza or Indian for dinner.” Misperceptions about those who do not have children have serious weight, given that between 2006 and 2010 15% of women and 24% of men had not had children by age 40, and that nearly […]

A Sociology of Brexit: What Motivated the “Leave”?

Will Davies, a politics professor and economic sociologist at Goldsmiths, University of London, summarized his thoughts on Brexit for the Political Economy and Research Centre, arguing that the split wasn’t one of left and right, young and old, racist or not racist, but center and the periphery. You can read it in full there, or scroll down for […]

Will the Democrat Sit In for Gun Control Work? A Measured Consideration

Democratic members of the US House of Representatives sat in on the floor of the House, demanding recorded votes on gun control measures. Rep. John Lewis (Georgia) made the speech that launched the effort, and was framed at the center of most of the photos; after all, he has an unrivaled record for participating in such […]

The Intersectionality of Hate: Violence Against LGBTQ People of Color

“It was ‘Latino night’ at a gay club,” Salvador Vidal-Ortiz wrote. As a sociologist who identifies as a queer Latino man, the intersection of race, gender, and sexual orientation itself was the central story of the Orlando massacre, even as liberal media pundits seemed to fixate on sexual orientation and conservative ones on the identity of the shooter. In […]


It was “Latino night” at a gay club. When the story finally broke, that’s all I heard. Orlando’s tragedy at the Pulse puts Latina/o, Latin American, Afro-Latinos, and Puerto Ricans and other Caribbean LGBT people front and center. Otherness mounts Otherness, even in the Whitewashing of the ethno-racial background of those killed by the media, […]

White Supremacy and the Intractability of the Fight Over the Redskns

Last month the Washington Post released the results of a poll of self-identified Native Americans. It asked respondents whether they found the Washington Redskns mascot offensive and 90% responded that they did not. Dr. Adrienne Keene...Show More Summary

The Sociology of Father’s and Mother’s Day Gifts

It’s time to go buy your dad a tie! What are you getting your father for Father’s Day this year? One Father’s Day when I had no money, I decided to concoct some homemade barbecue sauce on the stovetop for my dad. I don’t even remember what ingredients I used, but for years afterward, Dad […]

#Orlando and the Symbolic Importance of Gay Bars

Yesterday, I woke up to the news “that someone had shot up a gay club in Orlando and there were many injured and killed.” I then went about my morning getting ready to go to a gay family picnic celebration. There would be snowballs, a jumping castle, and lots of games and fun stations set-up […]

36 Hours, Four Violent Men, and One American Ideology

We wake up this morning to the news of the deadliest mass shooting in American history. We will be sad about this for a while and we will wring our hands feeling helpless. And we should be sad and gnash our teeth because it is a senseless tragedy. In the meantime, many of us will forget to think and talk […]

Brock Turner and the Revolving Sexual Assault Scandal Door

In the past few months I’ve been eagerly preparing for the release of my next book, a book about sexual culture on today’s college campuses, written not for academics or students, but for everyone. I’m exhausted and a little terrified, but very happy and, I’ll admit it, proud. The anticipation of the book’s release is exciting. This […]

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