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sociology for the public

Winter 2020

Volume: 19 | Number: 1

If newly created jobs are mostly low paying jobs without benefits, are they actually benefiting families? If not, are newly created jobs really something to celebrate if a person needs two jobs and overtime just to keep the lights on and put food on the table? Our Winter 2020 issue highlights some of the experiences of a diverse range of workers.

Working to Live: Winter 2020

In January 2020, a man robbed a pharmacy by handing the cashier a note stating: “Give me all the money. I’m sorry, I have … Read More

Gender in the One Percent

The disparity between the average income of a one percent household and an average household in the 99% is stark: $2,347,494 versus $76,120. The households … Read More

Is Divorce in Decline?

In marriage, certain issues (e.g., money, infidelity, lack of communication) may lead to divorce. According to Philip Cohen’s recent article in the journal … Read More

Gaslighting Doesn’t Mean Crazy

Gaslighting is a form of intimate abuse in which one person manipulates the other into questioning their own sanity. Despite the growing presence of … Read More

Do Universities Want Black Students?

Increasingly, colleges and universities are looking to diversify the racial makeup of their students. However, previous studies reveal the limits of these efforts. Intraracial … Read More

Does Sociology Breed Empathy?

While developing students’ empathy isn’t a universal goal among sociology faculty, many instructors feel it is an important foundation for helping students develop their … Read More

Why Don’t Women Run the World?

Who runs the world? Girls? Not quite. Women constitute only 5% of Fortune 500 CEOs, 24% of Congress, and only 30% of University presidents. Read More

Polluted Bodies

Domestic employment requires a unique physical proximity of bodies from different social classes, and often from different racial and ethnic backgrounds. People who might … Read More

Framed Sculptures

The photographs in this series were taken between 2017 and 2019 during photowalks in Miami and New York City. None depict actual sculptures, of … Read More

Don’t Read the Comments?

Veganism is the practice of abstaining from animal products, but can it teach us something new about how we see ourselves? Jenny Davis, … Read More