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Super Mario and Cultural Globalization

The 2020 Summer Olympics will be held in Japan.  And when the prime minister of Japan, Shinzo Abe, made this public at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, he did so in an interesting way.   He was standing atop a giant “warp pipe” dressed as Super Mario.  I’m trying to imagine the U.S. […]

Shifts in the U.S. LGBT Population

Counting the number of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender people is harder than you might think.  I’ve written before on just how important it is to consider, for instance, precisely how we ask questions about sexuality.  One way scholars have gotten around this is to analytically separate the distinct dimensions of sexuality to consider which […]

US Working People Hurt More By Rising Income Inequality than Slow Economic Growth

Originally posted at Reports from the Economic Front. Defenders of capitalism in the United States often choose not to use that term when naming our system, preferring instead the phrase “market system.”  Market system sounds so much better, evoking notions of fair and mutually beneficial trades, equality, and so on.  The use of that term […]

Is Mass Murder Now Part of the Repertoire of Contention?

If there’s one thing Americans can agree upon, it might be that people shouldn’t be indiscriminately firing guns crowds, no matter how angry they are. The shooting in the Ft. Lauderdale airport is just the latest example. Mass shootings are on the rise and I’m fearful that what we are seeing isn’t just an increase in violence, but […]

How Stories of Extreme Pollution May Undermine Environmentalism

Originally posted at Work in Progress. Why do people sometimes resist remediation of pollution in their own backyards? Conventional academic wisdom suggests that it is because they are afraid of losing their jobs, but my recent research in La Oroya, Peru, questions this dominant framework. Since 1922, La Oroya has been home to three refineries for […]

Is Covergirl’s New Coverboy a Feminist Coup or a Capitalist One?

Late last year Covergirl announced a new spokesmodel, a 17-year-old named James Charles. Their Instagram announcement currently boasts over 53,000 likes, though the comments on the post were decidedly mixed. They ranged from “I will never buy another (coverGIRL) because of this” to  “love love love” and “the world is coming to equality and acceptingness.” […]

On Masculinity and Political Power, Trump Is a Page Out of Putin’s Playbook

Recently Nadya Tolokonnikova was interviewed by NPR about Pussy Riot’s latest video. In it, Tolokonnikova explores themes of racism, xenophobia, and misogyny and its influence on governance through a graphic and violent imagined America under a Trump presidency. Show More Summary

The Architecture of Gentrification; Or, The Dining Rooms are Coming

The dining rooms are coming. It’s how I know my neighborhood is becoming aspirationally middle class. My neighborhood is filled with “shotgun” houses. Probably from West Africa, they are designed for a hot, humid climate. The homes consist of several rooms in a row. There are no hallways (and no privacy). High ceilings collect the heat […]

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

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, including many who voted to leave, […]

Trump’s Wall Would Mean More, not Fewer Undocumented Immigrants in the US

Most Americans are either attracted to or repulsed by Donald Trump’s strong rhetoric around the “wall” between the US and Mexico. His plan is to build one taller and wider than the ones we already have, on the assumption that this will curb undocumented immigration and the number of migrants who live here. But the […]

36 Hours, Four Violent Men, and One American Ideology

America woke up this weekend to the news of the Orlando massacre, the deadliest civilian mass shooting in the nation’s history. The senseless tragedy will undoubtedly evoke anger, sadness and helplessness. In the meantime, many will forget to think and talk about Stanford swimmer Brock Turner’s crime and his “summer vacation” jail sentence: three months […]

Why is Nationalism Dangerous?

In his speech 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. Donald Trump’s […]

From our archives: Christmas

Movie Reviews Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer A Year Without Santa Claus The History of Christmas Did the Nazis Celebrate Christmas? When Santa Sold Cigarettes Militarizing Santa: Then and Now A Short History of Santa Claus The Pagan Roots of Christianity Christmas and Consumption The Ugly Christmas Sweater: From Ironic Nostalgia to Festive Simulation 1/3rd […]

Trump Opponents and Supporters Have Divergent Racial Attitudes

Are some Trump supporters’ political views motivated by race? One way to find out is to see whether the typical Trump supporter is less likely to support policies when they are subtly influenced to think that they are helping black versus white people. This was the root of a study by political scientists Matthew Luttig and […]

Can a Cat Make a Community?

Last month my neighbor and I mustered our emotional strength, gathered up our neighborhood cat, and drove to the SPCA to help her leave this earth in peace. He had named her Minou — French for kitty, a common term of endearment for cats in Cajun country — though I’m sure she’d had many names, which is why I’m posting about her […]

Is Trump’s Biggest Demographic Poorly Educated or Poor? Here’s Why It Matters

Cross-posted at Cyborgology. Fake news among the alt-right has been central in post-election public discourse, like with Donald Trump’s dubiously sourced tweet about the “millions of illegal voters” supposedly driving Clinton’s substantial lead in the popular vote. Show More Summary

Re-Framing the Clothesline

Flashback Friday. Electric clothes dryers are among the most energy-greedy appliances in the home, accounting for between 6% and 15% percent of home energy use. In contrast, drying clothes outside is both environmentally friendly and...Show More Summary

Hate Crimes Spike After the Election

According to the Southern Poverty Law Center, the US saw a spike of hate incidents after the election of Donald Trump on November 8th. 867 real-world (i.e., not internet-based) incidents were reported to the Center or covered in the media in just 10 days. USA Today reports that the the Council on American-Islamic relations also saw […]

Why Obama Won 53 Counties in Iowa and Clinton Won 6

Originally posted at Orgtheory. Iowa in 2008, Iowa in 2016 So there are a thousand reasons Trump won the election, right? There’s race, there’s class, there’s gender. There’s Clinton as a candidate, and Trump as a candidate, the changing media environment, the changing economic environment, and the nature of the primary fields. It’s not either-or, […]

“A Princess is Kind of a Bad Ass”: When Feminist Moms Pick Up the Pen

Sometimes there’s nothing to do but take matters into our own hands. A reader who is both a mom and a sociologist decided to do just that. After discovering that one of her daughter’s books required some “subversion,” she decided to do a little editing. Here’s to one way of fighting the disempowering messages taught […]

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