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Richie Zweigenhaft published a new TSP Special on the race and gender of people holding fortune corporate board seats. Comparing 2011 to 2023, Zweigenhaft found that white men have gone from about 2/3 majority to slightly less than 1/2 minority. Read the special here, and the full article here.

This week’s TSP clippings includes Eric Klinenberg on MSNBC’s Why Is This Happening? The Chris Hayes Podcast and in The New Yorker to discuss his new book 2020: One City, Seven People, and the Year Everything Changed, Elizabeth Wrigley-Field in the StarTribune following new research by Wrigley-Field and colleagues that suggests ‘excess deaths’ (the number of deaths over the average expected deaths in a time period), Emine Fidan Elcioglu was interviewed by The Trace about her research examining a southwest border militia group that supplied information on migration routes to the U.S. Border Patrol, and Surinder S. Jodhka in IndiaSpend on India’s caste system fueling social exclusion.

From the Archives

Justice Alito made some controversial statements about same-sex marriage. Read our ‘There’s Research on That’ by Caity Curry and Allison Nobles to learn about some of the complexities surrounding LGBT parents.

Less than a week ago there was a Neo-Nazi rally in downtown Nashville. Learn about some similarities between 1930s Germany and the U.S. today by reading this piece from the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies.

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The Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies posted Professor John Packer‘s annual Holocaust Remembrance Day Lecture, titled “Remembering, Learning, and Applying ‘Never Again’ as the Essential Lesson of the Holocaust.”

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This week we have a new Discovery from Mason Jones on Self-Help Books from work by Amber Gwynne. The research found that readers learned that the books were not a “quick fix” and they still needed “to do the heavy lifting”.

Valentine’s Day was this past week and we reposted some pieces from us and our partners to acknowledge the holiday. This includes recent coverage of some sociology by Lauren Harris on ABC’s The Golden Bachelor, Valentine’s Day in Japan, and more.

Our media report from this week includes Scott Schieman (Professor of Sociology at the University of Toronto) in The Conversation on how accurate the ‘unhappy worker’ narrative is, coverage of Boris Kagarlitsky’s (prominent Russian sociologist and editor-in-chief of the Marxist online publication Rabkor) sentencing to five years in prison for his critical view of the war in Ukraine, Tina Fetner‘s (Professor of Sociology at McMaster University) new book, Sex in Canada: The Who, Why, When, and How of Getting Down Up North, in Brighter World and Vancouver is Awesome, and Christina Ciocca Eller in The Harvard Gazette on educational institutions rankings.

From the Archives

Orthodox Greece recently legalized gay marriage. Read Louisa L. Roberts‘s Special Feature on research of international attitudes toward same-sex marriage to learn more.

Russia has made advances in space-based nuclear weapons. Learn about some of the history of testing nuclear weapons from 1945-1998 from this Sociological Images piece by Gwen Sharp.

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Context’s Winter 2024 is out and ready to read! This issue includes pieces on eviction, “Green Card Soldiers”, race and drug addiction, Q&A with Malcolm Gladwell, and much more!

Council on Contemporary Families has two pieces to read. First, Richard Petts and Daniel L. Carlson write up some of their research on domestic labor in Society and Mental Health and how this work extends far beyond childcare. And second, Jennifer Randles and Megan Carroll write up their different research studies on the societal and cultural beliefs surrounding the role of fathers.

First Publics‘s latest includes Calvin John Smiley‘s work on building trust and using practical applications of sociological concepts in education to address the prison-industrial complex.

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In case you missed it, the Super Bowl was this weekend. Read up on some of TSP’s Super Bowl-related sociology here. We also have a new Discovery on the NFL’s Rooney Rule by TSP board member Nadia Jackson-Fitch from work by Christopher I. RiderJames B. WadeAnand Swaminathan, and Andreas Schwab in the American Journal of Sociology, using promotion data on NFL coaches from 1985-2015.

From the Archives

Does Blindness Beat Bias? by Evan Stewart in Sociological Images on one dating reality show, Love is Blind, that eliminates visual cues (new season coming out this Valentines’ Day).

No presidential debates for the 2024 election? Polls may indicate little impact, but remember polls aren’t always the most reliable representations of data. Read this piece from Contexts on who chooses to participate in online political polls by Danielle Koonce.

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Sociological Images has a new piece on how Large Language Models can have an impact on society and religion by Evan Stewart.

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We have two new pieces from TSP for you to check out:

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  • Flooding in Southern California, LA, and other natural disasters leave millions in damage and several dead. Read about the unequal aid that follows these disasters from our Discovery on work by Junia Howell and James R. Elliott.

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This week Mallory Harrington writes up work by Aruna Ranganathana and Aayan Dasa on Baul sangeet folk-music and the level of asynchronous and synchronous creativity experienced by men and women musicians. There were different experiences for women and men in the recording space and asynchronous environments were preferred by women.

From the Archives

The first Native American actress, Lily Gladstone, is the first to be nominated Best Actress for the upcoming Academy Awards. Check out this Sociological Images piece to learn about how U.S. schools teach about indigenous history in the United States.

Texas’s governor Greg Abbott has mobilized the Texas National Guard and state troopers at the U.S.-Mexico border, leading to issues with the federal border patrol. Read more about the border from a recent Sociological Images piece by Ghazah Abbasi.

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There are two new pieces in Contexts this week:

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A new year and new Clippings from Mallory Harrington! This week includes Alexandrea Ravenelle in CNBC on the gig economy, Jacqui Frost in The Conversation writing on atheist churches, Mark Whiting in Newsweek examining common sense, Hajar Yazdiha in The Emancipator on Dr. Martin Luther King, and John Skrentny in the Los Angeles Times on STEM workers.

Backstage with TSP

The Spring semester is off and running! We have a few new faces at our weekly TSP board meeting this semester. This semester we will continue to bring you Discoveries and ‘There’s Research on That’ pieces, and have a number of new projects in the work. Stay tuned for more!

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Our latest includes a new ‘There’s Research on That’ by me on union organizing in the United States. Check it out to learn about some brief history, tactics used by unions and employers, and some of the impacts of unions on workers.

From the Archives

It’s an election year (in case you somehow missed it). Read some pieces by us and our partners to learn more about voting suppression, nationalism, and more!

I recently visited a “Little Free Library” with my kids and found some interesting literature inside. Read this piece from Contexts about the now-well-established phenomenon.

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We have two new Discoveries for you to read:

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Government shutdown avoided? Read our TROT on shutdowns to learn more about how impactful.

Children and adults experiencing homelessness are particularly vulnerable to cold weather, especially in Minnesota. Check out this World Suffering piece by Ron Anderson The Intractable Suffering of the Homeless to understand some of the complexities, and risks.

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Council on Contemporary Families a piece on love and loss:

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This week I posted a new Discovery, ‘Right to Work’ Laws, based on work by Tom VanHeuvelen. In his research, VanHeuvelen finds that workers living in states with ‘Right to Work’ laws, which limit union organizing and strength, are paid 5-12% less than states without ‘Right to Work’ laws.

Over the next several weeks I will also be posting our Best of 2023 pieces. Mallory Harrington’s piece, Defending Against Social Media in Criminal Trials, won our ‘Hook, Line, & Sinker’ Award with the opening line, “Your Tweets, pictures, and messages may be used against you.”

From the Archives

The Holiday season is right around the corner, and so is consumerism. Check out this piece from Sociological Images, 1/3 of People Say Commercialism is the Worst Part of Christmas, to learn more. Ugly sweater season is also here, read The Ugly Christmas Sweater: From Ironic Nostalgia to festive simulation to inform yourself before donning your ugliest sweater.

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Caroline Garland’s latest Discovery, How UN Requirements Create Problems for Delegations from Developing Nations, highlights work by Danielle Falzon on how developing countries are at a disadvantage compared to nations with more resources. High expectations can lead some of the developing countries’ delegates underslept, hungry, and overworked.

From the Archives

Abortion headlines continue to frequent headlines, learn more about some of the impacts of abortion restrictions by reading contexts, abortion restrictions are harmful to everyone.

Alexei Navalny, a Putin critic, went missing from prison. Check out the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies‘ piece, Unpacking the Charges Against Putin for reading up on some of his violations of human rights.

Backstage with TSP

The TSP team met Sunday at a bowling alley to celebrate another year of hard work by the board! We had a blast spending non-work time together and were able to recognize some great work over the last year. When we come back together after the holiday break, we will be welcoming several new board members (it’s going to be a packed board room!).

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Contexts has a new video to watch with Dr. Ashley Rondini and Dr. Jerry Saunders II on cancer prevention guidelines, which predominantly are tailored towards people with ‘fair’ skin types.

First Publics‘s latest includes Ellen T. Meiser’s Rethinking Service-learning to be More Public and Creative, on the role of higher education students’ roles in local institutions.