Happy Friday and welcome back! This week we’ve got a new special feature on diversity and wealth in the U.S. Congress, social science research on the migration of unaccompanied minors, and how social media can be a double-edged sword.

Special Feature:

Diversity and Wealth in Congress Today,” by Richard Zweigenhaft. In our latest feature, Zweigenhaft examines how the diversity of Congress and the wealth of its members has changed over time.

There’s Research on That!:

The Rationale and Risks of Child Migration,” by Lucas Lynch. In light of recent media attention on unaccompanied minors who migrate to the United States, we rounded up social science research on the difficult decision to migrate and the experiences of those who do.


Spelling Bees to Secure Straight ‘A’s’,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. New research in The Sociological Quarterly finds that a belief in the need to competitive in the modern world drives many Asian-American parents to emphasize educational success for their children.


How Class Privilege Shaped Kavanaugh,” by Caity Curry. In an op-ed for The Washington PostShamus Khan provides his take on how class privilege shaped many of Brett Kavanaugh’s actions.

Social Media is a Double-Edged Sword,” by Allison J. Steinke. In an article published by MIT Technology ReviewZeynep Tufekci uses her research on political upheaval and social media to show how digital connectivity can enable large-scale movements but also has a “dark side.”

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Who Gets to Change the Subject?” by Evan Stewart.


Nonviolent Protests and the Formation of Democracies,” by Hannah N. Kleman.

Council on Contemporary Families:

How Marital Transitions Affect Perceptions about Family Caregiving Responsibilities,” by Lawrence H. Ganong and Marilyn Coleman.

And a Few from the Community Pages:

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