sociology for the public


Using data to help readers gain a new perspective on our world.

Aging Trends in Homeless Populations

Longitudinal data suggests that the single adult homeless population is going through a demographic transition, where the overall population is aging but there are indications that a younger cohort may be emerging. Scholars Dennis P. Culhane, Stephen Metraux, Thomas Byrne, Magdi Stino, and Jay Bainbridge argue that interventions at both ends of this transition: housing the aging and increasingly infirm elements of this population while diverting at-risk younger populations from homelessness, have the potential to make a lasting reduction in this population. Read More

The Gun Control Paradox

The massacre of 26 people in a Connecticut school, most of them young children, led to renewed calls for legislation to provide better control of … Read More

Measuring Same-Sex Relationships

The last decade has seen dramatic changes in how U.S. society views and recognizes same-sex couples. U.S. Census Bureau employees, Nancy Bates and Theresa J. DeMaio, chronicle recent efforts taken by the Census Bureau to update and improve the measurement and counting of same-sex couples. Read More

Keeping Rank

Sociologist Dana M. Britton examines barriers to advancement in the academy, focusing on long-term associate professors. In particular, she draws attention to the role of "institutional reproduction"—teaching, advising, and service—as a barrier to advancement. Read More

College Sports’ Corporate Arena

Sociologist D. Randall Smith argues that a segment of big-time college sports has embraced the corporate model and this has led to a steady increase in the revenue gap between the "haves" and "have nots." Read More

Park(ing) Day

Park(ing) Day has become an international phenomenom since its inception in 2005. Gretchen Coombs explains how this urban intervention questions the use of public space and reimagines how urban public spaces can be repurposed to benefit local communities. Read More

The Rich and the Rest

Using data from the General Social Survey, sociologist Thomas J. Linneman shows that conservatives and liberals increasingly differ regarding government action to reduce income inequality. Rich liberals support government action nearly as much as poor liberals, while among rich conservatives there is very little support for government action. Read More

Surf’s Up

Sociologist Raj Andrew Ghoshal explores accommodation-sharing networks and whether they provide travelers with more than just a free place to stay. Read More

Mounting Opposition to Vivisection

Justin R. Goodman, Casey A. Borch, and Elizabeth Cherry discuss public attitudes toward animal testing and its growing opposition. Read More

America’s Lost Generation

Sociologist Sangyoub Park discusses how the recession is affecting every aspect of American lives—especially those of young people. Read More