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An Ounce of Precaution

Studies conducted in small communities around the globe often conclude elevated rates of cancer and other diseases are “not substantiated.” When residents in communities like … Read More

The Sociologists' Take on the Environment

A common mantra when it comes to studying the environment is that only a disinterested, dispassionate natural scientist can untangle the natural from the social … Read More

Fixing the Bungled U.S. Environmental Movement

What do recent legislative defeats say about the state of environmentalism in the United States? And where does the U.S. environmental movement stand on it? … Read More

Sociologists on the Colorblind Question

Sociologists today are increasingly questioning the colorblind ideology and what effects it has on American culture and law. Their interest is due in no small … Read More

The Social Structure of Hugo Chávez

Most major news magazines have covered the dramatic processes of change—constitutional reforms, referenda, marches, protests, strikes, and a coup followed by a counter-coup—Venezuela has seen … Read More

Rethinking Crime and Immigration

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

Dying for a Cause—alone?

After September 11, 2001, dying for a cause became indelibly associated with suicide attacks, at least in North America and Europe. Another kind of politically … Read More

American Scholars Return to Studying Religion

The college campus has long been perceived as one of the most secular precincts of American society. Within the academy and mass media, the secularization … Read More

Religion and Spirituality Among Scientists

Scientists are assumed to attack the religious aspects of today’s biggest social issues because they are atheists and anti-religion. But we really know very little … Read More