This week we talk with
David Garland about his new book, . Garland discusses why capital punishment persists in the US while it does not in other Western countries, from the structure of our political system to the role of Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition public opinion.
Our Teaching TSP team has also written up a series of classroom questions and exercises to be used alongside this interview. You can check them out
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This episode we talk with
Suzanne Mettler about her new book, The Submerged State: How Invisible Government Policies Undermine American Democracy. Mettler explains how indirect incentives, subsidies, and tax breaks have come to dominate US social policy, but remain unseen and underappreciated by most Americans.
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This episode we catch up with
Gregory Hooks and Brian McQueen about their article, American Exceptionalism Revisited, winner of the ASA Political Sociology section Best Article award. Our conversation touches upon racial migration, defense spending, and how the post-World War II era was a critical juncture in the American social welfare state.
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In this epsiode, we talk with
Neal Caren and Sarah Gaby about their research on the Occupy Movement’s presence on social networking sites. Topics include the methodological promises and challenges of studying popular sites like Facebook as well as the potential of online social networking for fostering social change. This conversation was part of a Roundtable discussion on The Society Pages on social scientists studying social movements.
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In this episode we discuss the social science of political humor with
Heather LaMarre. This conversation is part of our latest Roundtable.
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