sociology for the public


Sociological takes on recent news and research.

Technicians and Heroes

Social scientists who want to do applied, visual research face two basic problems. One is that their work is applied, and the other is that … Read More

Separation Anxiety

While seemingly aimed at boys and girls, The Dangerous Book for Boys and The Daring Book for Girls may appeal less to kids and more … Read More

Still No Makin' It

Jay MacLeod’s Ain’t No Makin’ It has been taught in college classrooms for more than 20 years—and for good reason. For students, it makes sociology … Read More

Slouching Out Of Whittier

The argument in Rick Perlstein’s Nixonland is more psychographic than tied to political economy or the stirrings of global markets. In other words, Perlstein is … Read More

Politicking in the Blogosphere

Blogs are now a central feature of modern social life, including political arenas. Particularly transformative have been the “netroots”—virtual networks of activists that proactively engage … Read More

Obama's Theologian

Race and gender may have been the most visible currents in the 2008 presidential primaries, but what really unsettled the political waters was a riptide … Read More

Holding a Mirror to Americans

Americans of the 1950s were both fascinated and repelled by what they saw in and through the new science of public opinion polling. This complex … Read More

The Emerging Class of the Lucky-Rich

In the last decade, the number of super-wealthy Americans has doubled. The extremely rich own 73 percent of the wealth in America and are using … Read More

Harry Potter and the Wise and Powerful Life Course Theorist

Part of the Harry Potter series’ sociological and lay appeal is that it is set in the familiar backdrop of life course development. The books … Read More

Low-Calorie Feminism

In Full Frontal Feminism, author Jessica Valenti presents an updated, white- middle-class-hetero-friendly, do-it-yourself version of feminism for young women. Hays and Butler argue that this … Read More