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sociology for the public

Summer 2008

Volume: 7 | Number: 3

The Olympics head to China in the thick of controversy over the role of China in the world today. In this issue, we explore the emerging rights movement within China, the role of sociology in the People’s Republic, the cultural legacy of Mao and the next wave of global sexual revolution in China.

We also look at groundbreaking research that shows Americans’ networks of confidants is in decline, examine the use of America’s most taboo word by Latino rappers, and sports journalist Dave Zirin issues a call to arms for sociologists of sport.

Narcissistic CEOs and Political Stinkeye

the environmental costs of global bargain shopping Why are Olympic athletes in Beijing worried about the air quality in a country on the … Read More

'Natural Sociologist' Snags ASA Honor

The winner of the 2008 ASA Award for Excellence in the Reporting of Social Issues is the prolific filmmaker Michael Apted. Within sociology he is … Read More

Reputation

The discipline of sociology has always depended on the social cartography of identification and rank. Recognizing that sociology continues the work of Veblen, Bourdieu, Goffman … Read More

Calling Sports Sociology Off the Bench

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

Hip Hop Culture and America's Most Taboo Word

The associations between hip hop and use of the “n word” have been the focus of a great deal of public debate. Drawing on research … Read More

The Ties that Bind are Fraying

How many people have you discussed important issues with over the past six months? Sociologists asked that question in the 1985 and created the first … Read More

Sociologists Visit a Changing China

China, in the midst of tremendous economic and social change, has accomplished in two decades what in Europe took two centuries. Its size and … Read More

Sociology in China

Sociology emerged in China in the 1920’s, but was officially banned from classroom instruction and scholarly research shortly after the 1949 Communist revolution. Influenced by … Read More

Rights Activism in China

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