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Banal Nationalism

Flashback Friday.   In his book by the same name, Michael Billig coined the term “banal nationalism” to draw attention to the ways in which nationalism was not only a quality of gun-toting, flag-waving “extremists,” but was quietly and rather invisibly reproduced by all of us in our daily lives. That we live in a world of […]

Income is a Poor Measure of American Inequality

I’d hope that someone who has written a book about “What Shapes Our Fortunes” would have had Sociology 101 where he would have learned the fundamentally different ways that income and wealth work in our economy.  But apparently not. In Rags to Riches to Rags Again,  Mark Rank writes that because of a great deal of […]

Newsflash: Facebook has Always Manipulated Your Emotions

Emotional Contagion is the idea that emotions spread throughout networks. If you are around happy people, you are more likely to be happy. If you are around gloomy people, you are likely to be glum. The data scientists at Facebook set out to learn if text-based, nonverbal/non-face-to-face interactions had similar effects.  They asked: Do emotions remain […]

Gender Neutral Bathrooms: Solving the Sign Problem

“But what would you put on the door?!” said a facility manager at an airport, his concern echoed by an administrator at a university: “When people are looking for a restroom, they look for the ‘man or woman’ icon. It’s what we know to look for that means restroom.” We can’t have gender neutral bathrooms, […]

This Month in SocImages (June 2014)

You like!  Here are our most appreciated posts this month: #instagrammingafrica: The narcissism of global tourism (13,000+ likes) Salaries on university campuses (850+ likes) The sexual politics of full frontal on HBO (750+ likes) Are you working hard enough to achieve your natural body? (750+ likes) Atheists ranked as most disliked (700+ likes) Type I […]

Sunday Fun: Precious Academic Moments

Thanks to someone for this mash up of academia and Precious Moments figurines! About him or herself, he or she writes: I’m the sort of person who (a) constantly saw, and was occasionally given, Precious Moments figures as a kid, despite finding them creepy; and (b) now makes a living in, and constantly thinks about, academia, […]

Becoming Wealthy: The Myth of Meritocracy

Flashback Friday.  How do people in the U.S. become wealthy?  According to the myth of meritocracy, they do so by hard work: blood, sweat, tears, a trace of talent, and a tad bit of luck.  This is the story told in this two-page ad for U.S. Trust in The New Yorker: On the first page we […]

“Dude, You Need to Get into Nursing”: How Organizations Recruit Men to Nursing

While there has been significant attention to recruiting women into STEM fields, what about the converse – recruiting men to female-dominated fields?  My recent article in Gender & Society analyzes the recruitment strategies of key health care players, examining themes of masculinity in text, speech, and images. Some recruitment items, like this early poster from […]

Insurance Companies and the Cost of Health Care

When my primary care physician, a wonderful doctor, told me he was retiring, he said, “I just can’t practice medicine anymore the way I want to.” It wasn’t the government or malpractice lawyers. It was the insurance companies. This was long before Obamacare.  It was back when President W was telling us that “America has […]

The Sexual Politics of Full Frontal on HBO

In the wake of Elliot Rodger’s misogynistic killing spree, the media’s role in male entitlement and violence against women has brought commentators to virtual blows.  One right hook came from Ann Hornaday, who argues in the Washington Post that male entitlement fantasies are part of a climate in which women are displayed as objects for the sexual […]

Is America’s Personality Changing? A Decline in the Willingness to Conform

In Generation Me and The Narcissism Epidemic, psychologist Jean Twenge argues that we’re all becoming more individualistic.  One measure of this our willingness to go against the crowd.  She offers many types of evidence for this and I was particularly intrigued by her discussion of the afterlife of a famous experiment in psychology. In 1951, […]

Sunday Fun: Type I and II Errors

At Sociological Images, we make research methods fun! Not really. But here we go! Scholars testing a hypothesis have to be worried about two kinds of errors. Type I is rejecting a true hypothesis incorrectly.  In fact, your hypothesis is correct, but your data suggests that it’s false. That’s a false negative. Type II failing […]

Saturday Stat: Women’s Refusal to be Deferent and the Words that Describe Them

According to data gathered from the Corpus of Contemporary American English by linguistics PhD student Nic Subtirelu, women are called “pushy” twice as often as men, while men are more likely to be described as “condescending.” At his...Show More Summary

Old “Yellow Peril” Anti-Chinese Propaganda

In the late 1800s, male Chinese immigrants were brought to the U.S. to work on the railroads and as agricultural labor on the West Coast; many also specialized in laundry services. Some came willingly, others were basically kidnapped and brought forcibly. After the transcontinental railroad was completed, it occurred to white Americans that Chinese workers […]

Amidst Extreme Political Polarization, the Average American Goes Unrepresented

A new study of 10,000 Americans by the Pew Research Center finds that political polarization is more extreme than it’s been anytime in the last 20 years.  The median (or middle) Democrat and Republican are farther away from each other politically than in 2004 or 1994.  “Today,” reports Pew, “92% of Republicans are to the […]

#InstragrammingAfrica: The Narcissism of Global Voluntourism

An article in The Onion mocks voluntourism, joking that a 6-day visit to a rural African village can “completely change a woman’s facebook profile picture.”  The article quotes “22-year old Angela Fisher” who says: I don’t think my profile photo will ever be the same, not after the experience of taking such incredible pictures with […]

Happy Birthday Jürgen Habermas!

Source: toonpool. Have a scholar we should commemorate?  Send us a cool pic and we will!

Reimagining Barbie: Villain or Victim?

Earlier this year, Barbie posed for Sports Illustrated, triggering a round of eye-rolling and exasperation among those who care about the self-esteem and overall mental health of girls and women. Barbie replied with the hashtag #unapologetic,...Show More Summary

Is Walking Overrated?

A few days ago, Juliano Pinto kicked off the World Cup with a first kick.  It was a media stunt designed to make us verklempt.  Pinto is a paraplegic who wore a mind-controlled robotic exoskeleton to make his move. We were to be awed by the technology, too, of course, which is being developed by […]

From Our Archives: Father’s Day

Please enjoy these posts from Father’s Days past: Stereotyping Men on Dad’s Day Happy Father’s Day to Middle Class Breadwinners Representations of Gender in Father’s Day Cards (pictured) Feed Them Meat! and “We Call it a MENu for a Reason” Buy Them Non-Emasculating Cooking Supplies! What Men Want: The Vintage Edition Dads Read, Moms Like Pretty Things Also… […]

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