Looking for some reading material for your winter break? We’ve got you covered. This week we’ve got research on victim rights movements, the relationship between a country’s use of cash and robbery rates, and how cleaning up neighborhoods could help reduce violence. We’ll also be rolling out our *Best of 2018* over the next few weeks, so you can catch up on all the great posts from the year. Enjoy!

There’s Research on That!:

The Power, Privilege, and Politics of Victim Rights Movements,” by Caity Curry. Recent debates over Marsy’s Law highlight two key lines of research, the power of victim rights movements in the United States and the racial and gender privilege underlying perceptions of victimhood.


Show Me the Money!” by Isabel Arriagada. New research in Justice Quarterly finds that countries with higher rates of cashlessness also have lower levels of street crime.

*~* Best of 2018 *~*

Best of 2018: More Than Just a Walk in the Park,” by Brooke Chambers. Recent work in Sociological Theory finds that going out in public is influenced by social factors like identity and bias.


How “Cleaning and Greening” Can Reduce Gun Violence,” by Caity Curry. A recent study featured in Huffington Post shows that this simple strategy of cleaning up vacant lots may have some far-reaching impacts on reducing crime.

 From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Package Pirates & The Rules of the Gift,” by Evan Stewart.


Harvesters of the White Desert,” by Sugato Mukherjee.

A Haunted Generation Remembers,” by Shruti Devgan.

Social Studies MN:

Dialogue Across Difference,” by Allison J. Steinke.

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