Volume 9, Issue 3
Sociologists on sex: teenage sleepovers, hooking up, and straight girls kissing. This issue also examines the sociology of animals, the work of Sebastiao Salgado, and a look at collective memory in South Africa.
“Hookup culture” is in the crossfire, but is casual college sex really so bad? As it turns out, women experience pleasures and pitfalls in both hookups and relationships.
Dutch parents seem to normalize teen sexuality, while American parents dramatize it; these attitudes reflect differing cultures of independence and control.
The phenomenon of straight women kissing each other—particularly on campuses — might be about performance and attention, explorations of sexuality, or even a new era of "heteroflexibility."
Our relationships with animals reveal underlying conceptions of the social order, unmasking our feelings about fellow humans and modern life.
Brazilian-born photographer Sebastião Salgado discusses the work and world- view that earned him the 2010 ASA Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues.
The redevelopment of South Africa's Old Fort Prison shows how preservation efforts require opportunity and resources in addition to a collective will to remember.