Volume 10, Issue 4
Civic recreation and fitness fundraisers, challenging the myth of the lonely genius, and the sociology of death and dying. This issue also explores international adoption, images of everyday life, and the marketing of “closure”.
A prominent and prolific social theorist draws on classic sociological texts to explore what he calls the Society of the Dead—the one group we must all inevitably join.
Understanding and spurring innovation may mean abandoning the romantic notion of the lonely genius. Multidisciplinary research encourages a focus on the wisdom of the collective.
Fitness fundraisers, from the Race for the Cure to Jump Rope for Heart, are on the rise. They represent a fascinating new form of democratic engagement: civic recreation.
In addition to re-shaping many American families, international adoption reveals a great deal about immigration, race, and globalization in the United States.
Minnesota photographer Wing Young Huie’s images of the everyday establish and emphasize the connection between the personal and the communal.
“Closure” is increasingly marketed as a necessity for those who have experienced loss, but what it is, who can help us find it, and how it helps us all still need to be better understood.