sociology for the public


Making meaning of people making meaning.

Playing Foreign and Building Community at Deer Park

Japanese Village and Deer Park operated from 1967-74 as part of the growing Orange County, CA amusement corridor, anchored by Disneyland. “Deer Park,” as it … Read More

Prison Tourism in the Era of Mass Incarceration

In 2017, The World Travel Awards named Spike Island, a former fortress and prison located on the southern coast of Ireland, Europe’s leading tourist attraction. Read More

Asian Americans, Bamboo Ceilings, and Affirmative Action

Asian Americans are popularly recognized as successful academic achievers, to the point of stereotype. Over half of Asian American adults have a bachelor’s degree or … Read More

Thinking Caps

This Spring, an annual fashion trend will return to the campus of California State University–Long Beach. As the familiar sounds of “Pomp and Circumstance” carry … Read More

D is for disaster

A 6-year-old boy in Buras, LA sits down with his father to read Patti the Pelican and the Gulf Oil Spill. Buras was devastated … Read More

What’s So Cultural about Hookup Culture?

Arman was 7,000 miles from his family, one of the roughly million international students who were enrolled in U.S. colleges last year. Dropped into the … Read More

Rules without Referees

Hamilton’s Immigrant America

On the same day Donald Trump won the Indiana Republican Primary, virtually sealing his candidacy for the Presidency of the United States—May 3, 2016—the American … Read More

Dorothea Lange and the Art of the Caption

Dorothea Lange’s “Migrant Mother” is one of the most reproduced photographs in the world. Like other iconic images, it has taken on a life of … Read More

Learning From NASA’s Robotic Planetary Missions

The scientist at the front of the room hunched over and splayed his arms out to his sides. Waddling a bit like a penguin, he … Read More