Welcome back! This week at TSP we’ve got research on the rise of data journalism, prison labor, and the Portuguese punk scene. You can also find sociologists’ takes on vegan social movements and how natural disasters increase racial inequality.

There’s Research on That!:

The Rise of Data Journalism,” by Allison J. Steinke. Data journalism is on the rise at media outlets worldwide and social science research shows how social forces contribute to this shift.

Pushing Back on Prison Labor,” by Isabel Arriagada. In light of the recent nationwide prison strike, we rounded up social science research on the dynamics underlying this struggle.


Performing Resistance through Portuguese Punk,” by Brooke Chambers. New research in Cultural Sociology finds that small-scale and handmade products are a key element of punk culture in Portugal.


Part-Time Vegans May Not Help the Movement,” Caity CurryThe Atlantic highlights research by sociologists Corey Wrenn, Nina Gheihman, and Elizabeth Cherry on the many obstacles that can thwart veganism from blossoming into a large-scale social movement.

Natural Disasters May Worsen Racial Inequality,” by Mark LeeRecent research reported by Mic reveals that non-white households tend to lose wealth after a natural disaster, while white households often profit.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

The Tennis Dress Code Racket,” by Amy August.

Take a Look at Lobbying,” by Evan Stewart.

Council on Contemporary Families:

The Immigrant Grandparents America Needs,” by Stacy Torres and Xuemei Cao.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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