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Weekly Roundup: July 21, 2014

RU072114This week, TSP was pleased to welcome our latest Community Page, Feminist Reflections; to host Tristan Bridges (one of Feminist Reflections’ contributors) on Office Hours, and to talk baby contagions and blocking contraception at the Supreme Court. What else did we get up to?

Office Hours:

Tristan Bridges on Hybrid Masculinities and Sexual Aesthetics,” with Kyle Green. Being straight but not narrow and changing masculine norms along the way.

There’s Research on That!

Religion, Reproduction, and the Supreme Court,” by Jacqui Frost. Hobby Lobby and Wheaton College’s cases before the SCOTUS reveal just one facet of the constraints on women’s access to reproductive health services. (more…)

Weekly Roundup: June 30, 2014

RU063014A difficult, reflective (if not reflexive) weekend that saw the TSP crew scattered about the country was rewarded, at least to some small degree, this morning, when we arrived at TSP’s HQ to find a squat little box containing our latest volume with W.W. Norton & Co., Color Lines and Racial Angles. The third in our series of readers, this book brings in big names like Douglas Massey, Jennifer Lee, David Pellow, Charles A. Gallagher, and Michelle Alexander with core contributions, cultural contexts, and critical takes on the construction, understanding, and functioning of race in American society. Perfect for an intro class, the slim volume literally fits in a roomy pocket and serves as an accessible entry-point for developing the sociological imagination. For everything else, hop right on in to this week’s roundup!

The Editors’ Desk:

The TSP Debt Series,” by Chris Uggen. Introducing a summer’s worth of readings on debt, inequality, and the life course in the United States today. From student debt to credit cards, legal debt, the return of the debtor’s prison, climate change, and reparations, these pieces comprise an incredible introduction and will be released in a volume, Owned, this fall. For now, they’re free online, of course!

Features:

“Has Borrowing Replaced Earning?” by Kevin Leicht. The first in a three-part series, this article explores the growth of and change in credit in the U.S. over the past three generations, as measured against wage growth. (more…)

Weekly Roundup: June 23, 2014

RU062314Features:

Deep Play and Flying Rats, with Colin Jerolmack,” by Kyle Green. The contingent relationships between people and pigeons. Oh, and the Million Dollar Pigeon Race.

Citings & Sightings:

Colbert: If Hispanics Identify as White, GOP’s Alright,” by Kat Albrecht. In a recent wørd segment, the Colbert Report highlighted sociological research on changing racial identifications.

There’s Research on That!

Why Students Don’t Sweat Sweatshops,” by Jacqui Frost. Remember the uproar over sweatshop labor that led to the rise of brands like American Apparel? Why hasn’t it taken hold with similar reports about today’s iPhones, Nikes, and other items? (more…)

Weekly Roundup: June 2, 2014

RU060214Features:

Coded Chaos and Anonymous, with Gabriella Coleman,” by Kyle Green. Anonymous and the contested space of the Internet.

Citings & Sightings:

Under God or Over It? New Data on Religion and Politics,” by Evan Stewart. Americans are now slightly more trusting of atheists, but they’re still not rushing to elect one.

Can a Rise in Rape Reports Be Good?” by Molly Goin. Unlike other crime numbers, when rape stats go up, it might mean a city’s doing something right.

There’s Research on That!

Mass Shootings and the ‘Man’ifesto,” by Evan Stewart. “Mass shootings are rare, but the culture that creates them is not.” (more…)

Weekly Roundup: May 27, 2014

RU052714Semesters come and go, but The Society Pages, much like the rest of society, keeps on keeping on, summer, spring, winter, or fall. Last week we finished up delivering the content for our next TSP volume (Owned, a look at the new sociology of debt), this week we’ll have our editorial “Retreat to Move Forward” (h/t “30 Rock,” though without the Six Sigma), and next week we’ll deliver the content for the fifth TSP volume, a culture reader. Last week also saw the arrival of the latest issue of the ASA’s Contexts magazine, with all content available online for free for the first time ever. Like anyone, when we’re mired in this much work, it’s often hard to see the milestones as true achievements or notice the big picture project that’s getting accomplished day by day. To that end, let me be the first to say congratulations to The Society Pages on its first five books, its first two years, and its tremendous achievements in using sociology to contextualize the news.

Contexts Magazine:

Spring 2014 includes “The Terrorists Next Door,” “Little Free Libraries,” Ruling Out Rape,” and “Working Class Growing Pains,” among much other great scholarship. Click through to read and share the full issue!

There’s Research on That!

Mass Shootings and the ‘Man’ifesto,” by Evan Stewart. “Mass shootings are rare, but the culture that creates them is not.”

How to Give Birth the ‘Right’ Way,” by Jacqui Frost. On the medicalization of childbirth, safety, and social control. (more…)

Weekly Roundup: May 19, 2014

RU051914What’s new at “online sociology’s place to be” (yes, someone great said that about TSP; yes, we’re still proud).

Roundtable:

The Enduring Effects of Online Mugshots,” by Sarah Lageson. We look to Danielle Dirks, Travis Linneman, Naomi Sugie, and Kate West to talk privacy and information in the age of the viral mugshot. No, we did not check to see if they have online mugshots.

There’s Research on That!

#BringBackOurGirls Needs More than a Media Boost,” by Molly Goin. Slacktivists can still put a spotlight on an issue, but the international community has to rely on hostage-taking data for more concrete action.

Michael Sam, Sport, and Sexuality,” by Stephen Suh. Even in professional contact sports, sexuality’s taking a backseat to talent. OR: That time ESPN reporters saw an interracial gay kiss live on camera and commented only on the excitement of athletes’ families. (more…)

Weekly Roundup: May 12, 2014

RU051214In which a commenter uses the excellent phrase “The Oppression Olympics,” photographs challenge our understanding of things like what an execution or a fetus “is,” and we learn how blind people conceptualize race and fashion people conceptualize time. Somewhere in there, we found the time to throw a big ol’ party. Nice work, TSP!

Features:

All Together, Now: Producing Fashion at the Global Level,” by Claudio E. Benzecry. Following the globalized production of a shoe gives us a glimpse into the timetables that get us fast fashion and fresh fish.

Office Hours:

Osagie Obosagie on Race and (Color)Blindness,” with Sarah Lageson. Fascinating research helps us see different aspects of social and legal discrimination.

Lane Kenworthy on Inequality and Social Policy,” with Evan Stewart. What social scientists can do to contribute to political debates and help raise equality.

The Editors’ Desk:

History, Race, and the NBA,” by Doug Hartmann. Is the NBA just a *touch* too proud of itself for doing the right thing? (more…)

Weekly Roundup: May 5, 2014

RU050514Cinco de Mayo should bring about excitement, as should “May the Fourth Be with You” and May Day, for that matter. But around here, they’re signaling the winding down of a semester and the ramping up of all those projects shunted aside when professors and students are too busy in classrooms to tie up the loose ends on their dissertations and articles and books (oh my!). The good news is that this brings a bumper crop of great material for TSP, too, and we have lots of great articles coming your way in the next few weeks—so long as we manage to get our next two book manuscripts to press! In the meantime, here’s what’s going on across our (luckily) vast site.

The Editors’ Desk:

Donald Sterling Sociology,” by Doug Hartmann. “I still have no idea how this guy was set to receive a Lifetime Achievement Award from the NAACP in L.A.” (more…)

Weekly Roundup: April 28, 2014

Ru042814Pretense: Dropped.

That’s right, we’re just going with it. I sometimes don’t have time to do the Roundup on Fridays, but I know you, the adoring TSP public, need to know! Hence, most likely the Friday Roundup will continue on Mondays for a bit, but hey, sometimes I’ll mix it up. Isn’t that what good Internetz users do? Wait. I’ve gotta go check with the hip kids…

Here’s what’s happened on TSP in the last week!

Brilliance: Also Dropped.

Features:

Music and the Quest for a Tribe, with Jenn Lena,” by Sarah Lageson. From rockabilly kids to dubsteppers and punks, finding our musical tribe can be a key part of creating identity. (more…)

Friday Roundup: April 21, 2014 (Yes, It’s Monday)

RU042114Sometimes, it turns out to be Monday.

But there’s still great stuff to read from last week!

Office Hours:

Matt Wray on the ‘Suicide Belt’,” with Scott DeMuth. A podcast on the wide swath of the Western U.S. where suicides cluster.

There’s Research on That:

On Heartbleed and Hackers,” by Evan Stewart. What sociologists know about the subcultures and criminal habitus of the hacker.

Citings & Sightings:

Young Girls Consider Sexual Violence Normal,” by Kat Albrecht. #EverydaySexism in full effect. (more…)

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