If you you’re avoiding Black Friday shopping, recovering from a big meal, or just need some sociology in your life, we have the gobbledy-goods! This week we have new research on beliefs about meritocracy in the United States and China, social science on the meanings of “white supremacy,” and reflections on the role of private schools for inequality in higher education.

There’s Research on That!:

What is ‘White Supremacy’?” by Neeraj Rajasekar. Social science helps us parse out different meanings of the phrase,”white supremacy.”


Who Believes in Bootstraps?” by Lucas Lynch. New research in The Sociological Quarterly finds that Chinese are more likely than Americans to believe hard work is not the only key to success, despite both countries having long histories of meritocracy.


Will Private Schools Pay Up?” by Evan StewartThe New York Times talked with Charlie Eaton about how private schools play a part in inequality in higher education.


From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Season’s Greetings from America’s Men,” by D’Lane R. Compton.

Silencing Sexual Harassment Complaints in Pakistan and the US,” by Fauzia Husain.


Social Studies MN:

Chatbots, Mobile Apps, and the Future of Journalism,” by Allison J. Steinke.


Council on Contemporary Families:

Revisit: A Review of National Crime Victim Victimization Findings on Rape and Sexual Assault,” by  Jessica L. Wheeler.

Revisit: Women not enrolled in Four-Year Universities and Colleges Have Higher Risk of Sexual Assault,” by Jennifer Barber, Yasamin Kusunoki, and and Jamie Budnick.


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