sociology for the public

Summer 2017

Volume: 16 | Number: 3

Helicopter Parents in the Hospital

How far can parents go when advocating for their sick child? Better yet, how far will doctors allow them to go? Read More

Swedish Parents Get the Interview

Research typically finds evidence for a “fatherhood premium” and a “motherhood penalty”: parenthood is good for fathers’ earnings and reduces mothers’ earnings. However, studies directly testing employer discrimination are few and inconclusive in their results. Read More

Fewer Kids, More Equality

An across-the-board decrease in larger families might be a net gain for child outcomes—and its pronounced change among disadvantaged families might help reduce American inequality. Read More

Health, Now and Later

What is the relationship between diabetes and personality? Read More

Of Porn and Prayer

Is the rise in pornography consumption reducing religiosity? Read More

Get Tough on the Huddled Masses

Illegal documentation status elicits the strongest support for aggressive policing. Read More

Hope in the Sweatshops of Buenos Aires

We went into La Salada, Latin America’s largest marketplace for low-cost garments, with a clear idea of what the word “sweatshop” meant: deplorable working conditions, … Read More

Where Punishment and Pregnancy Meet

Megan Comfort: Hi Carolyn! I’m really excited to talk with you about your new book, Jailcare: Finding the Safety Net for Women Behind Bars. Read More

Black Lives and Police Tactics Matter

Do police provide a public good or do they perpetuate racial inequality? Like most institutions, they do both. Nonetheless, thanks to the tragic deaths of … Read More

The Closet

How many Americans do you think are gay or lesbian? Take a minute, think about it, and take your best guess. Read More