Hello sociology-fans! This week we’ve got new pieces on why witchcraft appeals to marginalized groups, the changing role of race in college admissions, and how to explain the class gap in marriage.

There’s Research on That!:

Why Witchcraft Appeals to Marginalized Groups,” by Allison Nobles and Jacqui Frost. Social science shows us that witchcraft has a long history of empowering marginalized groups who question more traditional religious practices.

The Stakes and Styles of Christian National Identity,” by Evan Stewart. Trump’s reference to “attacks” on Judeo-Christian values got us thinking about the meaning of the term.


Race for Admissions: Changing Affirmative Action,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. New research in Sociological Science finds that less-selective colleges were more likely to stop using race as a factor in admissions.


How College Students Perform ‘Meaningless’ Hookups,” by Amber Joy Powell. NPR talked to Lisa Wade about the rules for college hookups.

Explaining the Class Gap in Marriage,” by Allison Nobles. The New York Times asked Sharon Sassler and Andrew Cherlin about the class gap in U.S. marriages.

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The Airport Ritual,” by Evan Stewart.

2 Broke Lab Rats: Human Research Subjects in Film and Television,” by Marci Cottingham.


Amazon Puts itself on the Market, But We’re the Ones for Sale,” by Zach Richer.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Parental Incarceration and the Transition to Adulthood,” by Tasia Clemons.

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