Spring 2014

Volume 13, Issue 2

This issue examines taken-for-granted eternal truths that appear to be slipping away: that a college degree is a ticket to decent work, that working hard and being a loyal employee pays off, and that marriage marks one’s entry into adulthood. Also featured: Viewpoints on sexual assault policies, a closer look at “Open Access,” and an exploration of race and class inequality, Brazilian style.


Working Class Growing Pains

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For many young people today, coming of age means learning to stand on one’s own.

Loving Across Racial Divides

Even as interracial couples experience a growing sense of ease, racism continues to shape their daily lives.

Suffering In An Age Of Personal Responsibility

The story of Gloria, a former drug user and convict, and how the carceral state fails poor women like her.

Black Brazil Never Slept

Media coverage of last year’s street protests gave Brazilians a highly distorted picture of events.

The Trouble With Tebowing

Why football star Tim Tebow has generated so much controversy, and what it tells us about religion in public.


From the Editors

Slipping and Sliding

In Brief

Little Free Libraries

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Mouse Click Plagiarism

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Tipping Woes

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Hunger Games As Role Model

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The Terrorist Next Door

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Boys Will Stay Boys

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No Laughing Matter

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The Marriage Diet

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Beyond Critics And Apologists

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Open Access

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Ruling Out Rape

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The Mediated Sociologist

Paintings, Pensions and Pain

In Pictures

Detroit’s Wealth of Ruins


Choosing Single Motherhood

Aging Women, Living Poorer

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Political Theater

Writing The City


Are We Still Queer Even Though We’re Married?

The Trouble With Tolerance


Writing Outside the (Sociological) Box