The end of the year is getting closer, and we’ve been in a reflective mood at TSP this week. We’ve got some thoughts on the history of American individualism by editor Doug Hartmann over at The Editors’ Desk, a roundup of research on rapid attitudinal changes toward LGBTQ rights, and some historical examples of why it’s important to worry about normalizing white nationalism.

The Editors’ Desk:

Self-Reliance and the ‘Least of These’,” by Doug Hartmann. Reflecting on what he’s thankful for this season and what he’s hopeful for in the years to come, Doug talks Little House on the Prairie, American individualism, and being grateful for our communities.

There’s Research on That!:

Organizational Harassment and a Culture of Secrecy,” by Isabel Arriagada. Social science research explores the social dynamics of sexual harassment in the workplace and the conditions that prevent reporting.

Progress and Uncertainty for LGBTQ Communities,” by Allison Nobles and Caity Curry. Research on past shifts in attitudes towards same-sex relationships provide insight on what the future may hold for the LGBTQ community.


Cracking Jokes and Dealing Drugs,” by Caity Curry. New research in Criminology finds that drug dealers often use wit as a way to mitigate the riskiness of their occupation.


How the Average Joe Helped Crime Control,” by Isabel Arriagada.  Patrick Sharkey and doctoral students Gerard Torrats-Espinoza and Delaram Takyar talk to the New York Times about how community groups are connected to lower crime rates.

What Makes Dad Do the Dishes?” by Natalie Alteri. Slate published an article by Jill Yavorsky who explains six major factors that contribute to a more equal sharing of household responsibilities.

How Dual-Earners Make it Work,” by Allison Nobles. The BBC talked to Phyllis Moen about balancing work and life in a dual-earner relationship.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Why We Worry About Normalizing White Nationalism,” by Evan Stewart.

When Social Class Chooses Your College Major,” by Jacqui Frost.

Council on Contemporary Families:

DACA Decision, ‘A very painful thing’,” by Tasia Clemons.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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