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4This Month in SocImages (August 2014)
SocImages news: We rarely snark on SocImages but, when we do, we get quoted at New York Magazine. Our list of professors’ pet peeves really resonated, attracting 9,400+ likes and nearly 500 shares on Facebook.  Sociologist D’Lane Compton offered a thoughtful response, asking whether this type of list is more social bonding than useful pedagogy. New […]
1Saturday Stat: New Orleans Weathers the Great Recession
Partly because the city had just begun to recovery from Hurricane Katrina when the Great Recession began, it suffered less job loss relative to its pre-recession state and GDP actually grew 3.9% between 2008 and 2011. No other southern metropolitan area cracked 2% in the same period. Charles Davidson, writing for EconSouth, offers the following […]

1“Tourist, Shame on You”: On Disaster Tourism
Flashback Friday. When tourists returned to New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina, there was a new site to see: disaster.  Suddenly — in addition to going on a Ghost Tour, visiting the Backstreet Cultural Museum, and lunching at Dooky Chase’s — one could see the devastation heaped upon the Lower Ninth Ward.  Buses full of strangers […]

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Lisa Wade, PhD, is a professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. She holds an M.A. in human sexuality from New York University and an M.S. and Ph.D. in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. Dr. Wade has published academic research on U.S. discourse about female genital cutting, hook up culture on college campuses, and the social significance of our body and its biology. She also travels for public speaking and appears in radio, tv, and print media. You can follow her on Twitter, on Facebook, or visit her website.

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