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From Our Archives: Valentine’s Day

Cultural and Historical Variation “Vinegar Valentines”: Happy Valentine’s Day, I Hate You Love, Business, and Valentine’s Day in Pakistan Valentine’s Day in Japan Before Love: Puritan Beliefs about Sex and Marriage Valentine’s Day as...Show More Summary

From Our Archives: Mardi Gras

In New Orleans, it’s Mardi Gras! Everywhere else, it’s Tuesday. If you’re not in the middle of the revelry, enjoy these Mardi Gras posts from previous years: Why are there so many Mardi Gras parades? The baby dolls of Mardi Gras The flambeaux: A history of race, gender, and fire on Mardi Gras The Order of […]

Before Daybreak, Mardi Gras: The Skull & Bones Gang

On Mardi Gras mornings before dawn, members of the North Side Skull and Bones Gang prowl the streets. It’s a 200 year old tradition belonging to African American residents of the city. They first prowled in 1819. Photographs by David Grunfeld for Members of the gang dress up like ominous skeletons. At, Sharon Litwin writes: […]

Martin Luther King Jr., Sociology Major

Martin Luther King Jr. earned a B.A. in Sociology at Morehouse College. He was the class of 1948. Rest in peace. Embed from Getty Images

This year at Sociological Images

A New Vision and a Hiatus: Sociological Images turned 8 this year. It’s been a long, busy, and exciting journey and my own writing has been front-and-center for much of that time. Moving forward, my hope is to step back into more of an editor role, helping established scholars bring attention to their research, giving […]

Slave families’ desperate efforts to reunite during Reconstruction

“It is fair to say,” writes historian Heather Williams about the Antebellum period in America, “that most white people had been so acculturated to view black people as different from them that they… barely noticed the pain that theyShow More Summary

Five Reasons Why Gendered Products are a Problem

Our Pointlessly Gendered Products Pinterest board is funny, no doubt. When people make male and female versions of things like eggs, dog shampoo, and pickles, you can’t help but laugh. But, of course, not it’s not just funny. Here are five reasons why. 1. Pointlessly gendered products affirm the gender binary. Generally speaking, men and women today […]

Mass shootings in the US are on the rise. What makes American men so dangerous?

Following the recent mass shooting in Charleston, South Carolina on June 17th, 2015 – a racially motivated act of domestic terrorism – President Barack Obama delivered a sobering address to the American people. With a heavy heart, President Obama spoke the day following the attack, stating: At some point we as a country will have to reckon with […]

Why lesbians and gay men don’t share space

February’s edition of Contexts had a fascinating article by Amin Ghaziani titled Lesbian Geographies. Most of us are familiar with the idea of a “gayborhood,” a neighborhood enclave that attracts gay men. It turns out that lesbians have enclaves, too, but they’re not always the same ones. Here’s the frequency of same-sex female couples (top) and […]

Is Bieber’s What Do You Mean? just as bad as Thicke’s Blurred Lines?

Robin Thicke’s song, “Blurred Lines,” achieved international recognition in 2013. But the lyrics were also heavily criticized as promoting sexual violence by celebrating “blurred lines” around sexual consent. Indeed, the song and video prompted an online photo essay in which women and men are depicted holding up signs with words they heard from their own […]

The corrupt economics behind Greece’s troubles

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 […]

SI Review: A Year Without Santa Claus

While I am fairly certain A Year Without Santa Claus will not be receiving an Oscar this year, I do believe it will be a future cult Christmas classic particularly for your radical feminist friends. In fact, I expect this movie to have most people redder than a Starbucks Satan Sipper for its cautionary tale […]

When Santa sold cigarettes

Would Santa give you cancer? Not according to R. J. Reynolds, British American Tobacco, Philip and Morris, and other tobacco companies. They regularly used the jolly cultural icon to advertise cigarettes and other products during the early to mid-20th century. Print advertisements of the time often featured Santa savoring a smoke, presumably after a long […]

Christmas as social control, featuring Elf on the Shelf

Embed from Getty Images Bentham and Foucault might have been interested in the panopticon but every December we get a view of  true social control in the form of an overweight man at the North Pole. Santa Claus (or Sandy Claws, as he is sometimes called) is just the latest in a long line of […]

The Ugly Christmas Sweater: From ironic nostalgia to festive simulation

National Ugly Christmas Sweater Day has come and gone, falling this year on Friday, December 18th. Perhaps you’ve noticed the recent ascent of the Ugly Christmas Sweater or even been invited to an Ugly Christmas Sweater Party. How do we account for this trend and its call to “don we now our tacky apparel”? Total search […]

From Our Archives: Christmas

Movie Reviews Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer (pictured) The History of Christmas Did the Nazis Celebrate Christmas? Militarizing Santa: Then and Now A Short History of Santa Claus Politics and the Rockefeller Center Christmas Tree The...Show More Summary

The Elsewhere Effect

Americans have a low opinion of Congress. Less than 10% of the voters think that Congress is doing a good job. But their own Representative... not so bad. A third of us think that our own rep deserves re-election (Rasmussen). Even that is low. Until recently, a majority of people approved of […]

Residential, racial, and class differences in childhood asthma

Flashback Friday. A study by doctor Ruchi Gupta and colleagues mapped rates of asthma among children in Chicago, revealing that they are closely correlated with race and income. The overall U.S. rate of childhood asthma is about 10%, but evidence indicates that asthma is very unevenly distributed. Show More Summary

No, poverty is not a mysterious, unknowable, negative-spiral loop

I don’t have much to add on the “consensus plan” on poverty and mobility produced by the Brookings and American Enterprise institutes, referred to in their launch event as being on “different ends of the ideological spectrum” (can you imagine?). In addition to the report, you might consider the comments byJeff Spross, Brad DeLong, or […]

What does half of the US population have in common with the 20 richest people?

They hold the same amount of wealth. We all know that wealth is unequally distributed in the US. But, the results of a new study by the Institute for Policy Studies, authored by Chuck Collins and Josh Hoxie, are still eye popping. Collins and Hoxie find that the wealthiest 0.1 percent of US households, an […]

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