sociology for the public

Spring 2012

Volume: 11 | Number: 2

This issue explores surrogate mothers in India, bodily perfection in Latin dance, and the impact of IRBs on sexuality research. Spring 2012 also features viewpoints on Occupy Wall Street, challenges myths about islamic terrorism and prisons, and shows how two intellectuals have fundamentally changed altered how Americans see the nation.

Can’t Ask, Can’t Tell: How Institutional Review Boards Keep Sex in the Closet

Insitutional Review Boards (IRBs) pose many challenges for sexuality researchers. Sociologist Janice M. Irvine explores how IRBs marginalize sexuality research and the effects of this process. Read More

Dancing the Body Beautiful

Using accounts from several professional Latin dancers augmented by the author's own experience, Julia A. Ericksen traces the ways bodily perfection has become an important part of dancers’ identities. In addition, Ericksen argues that this is a more extreme form of general cultural pressure to engage in bodywork. Read More

The Real Help

Who are the help? Examining The Help and other media, the author explores the public (mis)portrayals of domestic workers. Read More

Sexualizing Girl Troubles

The issue of the sexualization of girls has made its way into scholarly and popular literature. The author discusses various media myths of hyper-sexuality in young girls and its potential problems. 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

Thinking in Context

The book Thinking, Fast and Slow is reviewed and shows what sociologists could learn from Daniel Kahneman's work on behavioral economics by extending this knowledge to cover the study of social interactions. Read More

Documenting Disaster After Katrina

Sociologist Gary K. Perry talks with historian Michael Mizell-Nelson about digital memory banks created after Hurricane Katrina. Perry further reflects on disasters and the pedagogy of helping. Read More

Got Power?

Sociologist Christine Williams reflects on how she, as a feminist professor, advises her students to get power. Read More

Guantanamo Bay

Photographer Christopher Sims documents the everyday spaces at Guantanamo Bay. He writes, "I went with the intention of photographing beyond the prison, and capturing a sense of daily life on the military base." Read More