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Trouble in the Nail Industry

Sociologists, journalists, policy makers, advocates, owners, workers, and customers should work together for industry-wide changes, without vilifying immigrants or making them more vulnerable. Read More

Quicklit: 6 Recent Sociological Findings on Domestic Violence

A look at what recent sociological research has to say about domestic violence. Read More

Results are in: Sociologists should study…

We asked, you answered: what should sociology’s next hot research topic be? 5,162┬ávotes on 95 ideas later, we have results for you. A little background … Read More

Gay Rights and National Vertigo

Since Massachusetts broke the barrier more than a decade ago, same-sex marriage has become legal in 37 US states. Simultaneously, so-called "religious freedom" laws have swept across 21 states, poking loopholes in existing state and local discrimination protections against LGBT individuals---if such protections exist at all. Read More

The triple crisis of sociology

Why not return to the classical tradition of Marx and Weber when sociology asked the great questions and was in its reflexive, interpretative mode? Read More

Riot Grrrl: Love You Like a Sister

Boston's Mayor Marty Walsh declared April 9th "Riot Grrrl Day." Kate Angell reflects on the Riot Grrrl movement and gives us an awesome playlist to boot. Read More

Sociology’s next hot topic

Update: We closed this poll after 30 days and over 5,000 votes. See the results here! We’ve all had a┬áburning question about social life … Read More

Contexts quicklit: baseball sociology

Maybe mastering baseball fandom is good practice for developing the sociological imagination. Read More

A Drinking Game for Sociology T.A.’s

Sometimes hardworking sociology TA's need a little help to get through their grading. Read More

Academic terms on the rise in Google-land

We review some of the sociological terms that have been prominent in the media over the past year. Read More