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The Suspicious Convergence of Addiction Treatment and Whiteness

Last week PBS hosted a powerful essay by law professor Ekow Yankah. He points to how the new opioid addiction crisis is being talked about very differently than addiction crises of the past. Today, he points out, addiction is being described and increasingly treated as a health crisis with a human toll. “Our nation has linked arms,” he says, “to […]

Post-Protectionism and the Pre-Pregnant Woman

Earlier this year Brandy Zadrozny interviewed me for a Daily Beast story about the new CDC guidelines for alcohol consumption by women. It caused an outcry because it advised all women who could potentially become pregnant to completely abstain from alcohol as a way to prevent fetal alcohol spectrum disorders. Responses across the blogosphere included several […]

Clinton, Sanders, and the Radical Flank Effect

On NPR last week, the headline was “Has Bernie Sanders Moved Hillary Clinton to the Left?” The story centered on Sanders’ more radical leftist politics and the many ways in which Clinton’s stated policies have changed to look more like his. The implication was that Sanders was forcing Clinton to move to the left. But […]

This Month… Er Quarter in SocImages

Hello folks! Today is the last day of the month, during which I usually put up an update. My efforts to re-start the blog, though, have been stuttering at best. (I did, in fact, finish the book on March 1st, but it’s amazing how much work comes with finishing a book!) In any case, I’m […]

Are Moms Shaping the Sound of Manhood?

Jay Livingston is our regular baby name analyst, but I’m gonna give it a go just this once. Over at Baby Name Wizard, Laura Wattenburg published a chart showing that vowels are on the rise. Both girls and boys names have more vowels in them relative to consonants than they have in the last 150 or […]

The Oil Industry vs. Oklahoma

One of the concerns of environmental sociologists is the way that harm is unequally distributed. The way, for example, that poor people and people of color are more likely to live with high levels of lead, near toxic release facilities, with bad air quality, and in the paths of airborne pesticides. I thought of this research when I […]

Donald Trump and the Rise and Fall of Charismatic Leaders

Over at Politics Outdoors, sociologist and political scientist David Meyer has argued that Trump is a charismatic leader. The idea comes from Max Weber, widely seen as a founding father of sociology, who argued that there are three types of authority: traditional, legal, and charismatic. Show More Summary

Super Sunday: An Introduction to the Mardi Gras Indian

Yesterday was Super Sunday here in New Orleans, the one day each year that the Mardi Gras Indian tribes come together to be seen by the wider community. The tradition dates back to at least the mid-1800s, belonging to the African American population of New Orleans. Today there are over two dozen Mardi Gras Indian tribes. Here’s […]

Does your vote affect public policy?

Over at Montclair Socioblog, Jay Livingston discusses a recent study showing that few Americans think that their votes make any difference in how they’re governed. Those of us who care about politics often respond to this kind of pessimism with the old adage that every vote counts, but are they wrong? Livingston suggests that they’re not. He […]

The one thing that might doom Trump in November

Race, obviously. The other day I wondered what issues offered potential for the left-side party to raid the right-side for some voters. But that’s abstract compared to this actual election. This is my thought on what happens if it comes down to Trump and Clinton. John Cassidy at the New Yorker runs through some speculation about […]

Bernie Sanders trips up on intersectionality

Law professor and critical race scholar Kimberlé Crenshaw developed the term” intersectionality” to draw attention to the way that all of our socially salient identities work together to shape the stereotypes that apply to us. The experience of being black, for example, is shaped by gender, just as the experience of being a man is shaped […]

Trump’s is not the first penis in presidential politics

At the history of sexuality blog Notches, Rachel Hope Cleves reminds us that this isn’t the first time the size of an American president’s penis has been politicized. Thomas Jefferson defended the size of American men’s penises, including presumably his own, in Notes on the State of Virginia, published in 1785. He was countering a claim made by naturalist Comte […]

Lands’ End: The Politics of Business

In 1970, the day after National Guard troops killed four unarmed protesters at Kent State University, students at Southern Illinois University went to the local McDonald’s and demanded that the flag be lowered to half staff.  The franchise owner complied. Ray Kroc, the founder of McDonald’s got wind of this and told the franchise owner […]

Suffragist Valentines: “Love Me, Love My Vote”

On February 14th, 1920, suffragist Carrie Chapman Catt founded the League of Women Voters. The League would go forward where the suffrage movement left off, thanks to the passage of the 19th amendment granting the right to vote to women. Show More Summary

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

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