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When a School Isn’t Just a School

Nadirah Farah Foley on Ghosts in the Schoolyard. Read More

Finding Culinary Injustice

The Cooking Gene: A Journey through African American Culinary History in the Old South By Michael W. Twitty Amistad Press, 2017 464 … Read More

When Discrimination Goes to Court

Rights on Trial: How Workplace Discrimination Law Perpetuates Inequality by Ellen Berrey, Robert J. Nelson, and Laura Beth Neilsen University of … Read More

All Credentials Aren’t Created Equal

Lower Ed: The Troubling Rise of For-Profit Colleges in the New Economy by Tressie McMillan Cottom New Press, 2017 256 pages … Read More

the politics of trans identities

Trans: Gender and Race in an Age of Unsettled Identities by Rogers Brubaker Princeton University Press, 2016 236 pages With his provocative … Read More

Scorn Wars: Rural White People and Us

Nina Eliasoph on The Politics of Resentment, Strangers in Their Own Land, and Hillbilly elegy. Read More

Gender Politics and Taming the Alpha Male Harem Master

Out of Eden: The Surprising Consequences of Polygamy by David P. Barash. 2016. New York, NY: Oxford … Read More

Romancing the Data

So we wanted to interview Aziz Ansari about his new book, Modern Romance, because a) it’s really good; b) it’s really good sociology; and c) … Read More

Shallow, Self-Absorbed, and Aggressively Competitive “Primates”

Myra Marx-Ferree on Primates of Park Avenue. Read More

W.E.B. Du Bois and the Sociological Canon

Over a century in the making, American sociology’s investment in the study of race has not resulted in a happy marriage. On the positive side, … Read More