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The Feel of Faith

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Daniel Winchester is in the sociology department at the University of Connecticut. He is the coauthor with Wesley Longhofer of Social Theory Re-Wired.
“So, what is it they believe?” As a sociologist of religion, I’m used to getting some variant of this question when colleagues, students, or curious friends want me to describe a religious community I happen to be studying. And, as a cultural sociologist, I’m sympathetic to this line of questioning. Cultural scholars of religion have long argued that, in order to fully understand how religion shapes human behavior, we need …Keep Reading
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What’s Missing from the Debate Over Deportation Numbers

This past Spring, activists organized marches around the country, protesting President Obama’s record-breaking two million removals (the official term for deportations accompanied by an order of removal). The two-million milestone is significant because it is more than the sum total …Keep Reading
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Comic-Conned: Gender Norms in a Carnivalesque Atmosphere

San Diego’s Comic-Con feels like a huge, five-day carnival. Diverse attendees gleefully snap pictures, brave the crowds, and willingly wait in long (sometimes overnight) lines in this annual atmosphere of fantasy, science fiction, geekdom, and celebrity. The creative costumes and …Keep Reading
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Of Carbon and Cash

As Andy Ross told us, climate debt refers to the harmful carbon emissions created by countries like the United States and the grave effects that climate change is having on poorer, developing countries in the Global South. First introduced in …Keep Reading
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Andrew Ross on the Anti-Debt Movement

By now, it’s clear that in the United States and around the world, debt has come to shape people’s lives. Some use debt to get ahead, others buy debt to make a profit, and still others find their choices constrained …Keep Reading