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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 University Press. 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

Saving Our Kids

A closer examination of Putnam’s book reveals that, rather than being “grist” for social conservatives, it is actually a wake-up call for the entire nation—including liberals and a suite of policy prescriptions they support. Read More

Contested Memories

In this review of two books, Caroline Kieu-Linh Valverede's, Transnationalizing Vietnam: Community, Culture, and Politics in the Diaspora and Cathy J. Schlund-Vials' War, Genocide and Justice: Cambodian American Memory Work, sociologist Kimberly Goyette discusses how memory may be shaped and contested for two Southeast Asian immigrant groups, Vietnamese Americans and Cambodian Americans. She also considers how memory is important for identity, and ultimately, assimilation in the United States. Read More

Opening Access

Former publisher Alex Holzman weighs the pros and cons of open access via a review of Peter Suber's Open Access. Read More

Weighing the Evidence

Sociologist Michael Bader reviews two books, Fat Chance and What's Wrong with Fat?, that hope to reshape the debate about obesity in America. Read More

Eating, Then and Now

Sociologist Tracy E. Ore explores how transformations in American social practices of work and life changed and were changed by what and how people ate at the turn of the century, and how these trends continue today. She reviews Buying into Fair Trade and Repast. Read More