sociology for the public


Sociological takes on recent news and research.

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

The Most Dangerous Crime Rankings

As an online special, we’re making this article available in its entirety. You may choose to read either the html version or a PDF … Read More

Edible Sociology

Thomas McNamee’s Alice Waters and Chez Panisse and Peter Kaminsky’s Pig Perfect haven’t received quite as much coverage as other recent food books. Read More

Writing To Be Read

Sociology has long been notorious for its use of jargon and impenetrable prose. Sociologists writing badly inspired the editor of Fowler’s Modern English Usage to … Read More

A Big Take On The World's "Little People"

Public attention directed toward the wealthy seems to take the form of intrigue about what they do. The impoverished, however, seem to attract attention for … Read More