Welcome to the first Friday the 13th of 2018. This week we’ve got new work on gender in waiting rooms, looking “illegal,” and why space matters…physical space, that is. But if you just got excited about UFOs, we’ve got that too!

There’s Research on That!:

What Drives Punitive Attitudes in the United States?” by Caity Curry. We rounded up social science research on social factors that influence Americans’ punitive attitudes.

Why Physical Space Matters for Universities,” by Isabel ArriagadaSocial science research tells us that the way a space is organized matters greatly for the type of experience individuals have at universities and other organizations.


When Waiting is Women’s Work,” by Jean Marie DeOrnellas. New research in Sociological Forum finds that men and women in medical waiting rooms interact in ways that conform to gendered expectations and reinforce the conception that men’s time (and work) is more valuable than women’s.


No, Immigrants Don’t Cause Crime,” by Brooke ChambersThe New York Times features research by Robert Adelman and colleagues demonstrating that increases in immigration do not cause increases in crime.

The Sociology Behind the X-Files,” by Isabel ArriagadaNew York Magazine talks to Joseph O. Baker about the social context behind Americans’ beliefs about UFOs.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

What’s Trending? News Consumption,” by Ryan Larson, Evan Stewart, and Andrew M. Lindner.

Redefining what it means to be #YourAverageMuslim,” by Inaash Islam.


Looking ‘Illegal’,” by Chandra Reyna.

Gunshops and Crime,” by Eric Stone.

Council on Contemporary Families:

CCF 2018 Conference Report,” by Linda Young.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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