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Sociological takes on recent news and research.

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

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