sociology for the public

In Brief

News and notes.

Building Walls, Buying Guns

Anti-immigrant ordinances are correlated with increased gun sales at the local level. Further, a greater association between immigrants and crime in local news coverage also results in a significant increase in handgun sales. Read More

The Paper Ceiling

Why do women seem to be missing from so many newspaper stories? Read More

Online Dating Choices, Constrained

Single people have an ever-expanding array of choices for romantic partners. Arranged marriages are no longer prevalent, and norms and laws … Read More

Father Schools and Promise Keepers

In many countries, women have gained greater access to education, the right to work with fair compensation, and protection from violence. These all reflect changing … Read More

Suicide’s Gender Divide

Whereas Durkheim considered fatalistic suicide caused by high levels of social regulation a marker of premodern societies, this research suggests gender regulation may be harmful to adolescents’ mental health in the present day as well. Read More

Culture of Overcompensation

As more middle-class people felt The Great Recession’s effects, inequality became more visible. The public increasingly realized the top 1% was not suffering in the same way as everyone else. Read More

Protest Works

In 334 Southern cities, lunch-counter sit-ins increased the likelihood of desegregation. The protests also affected desegregation in nearby cities; desegregation in one city led to desegregation in nearby cities as well. Read More

Unemployment and Well-Being

Sociologists of mental health study how the broader social forces surrounding individual circumstances affect psychological well-being. For example, unemployment affects well-being, but how might this … Read More

Coding for Laughter

Instead of hurrying to the next question on an interview protocol, it may be well worth the time to question those spontaneous bouts of laughter. Read More

Kids and Community Violence

Proximity to violence seems to affect children differently based on psychological traits. Anxious children may have fewer cognitive resources to devote to mental coping strategies when they encounter community violence. Read More