Welcome back! This week, we round up research on fake news and its role in political polarization, and we feature new studies on the effects of school suspensions and a form of managerial household work known as cognitive labor. 

There’s Research on That!:

Fake News: Definitions, Facts, and Implications,” by Allison J. Steinke. We rounded up social science research on what fake news is and why it matters.


How School Suspension Impacts Friendships,” by Amber Joy Powell. New research in Criminology finds that disciplinary practices like suspension, which are disproportionately targeted towards racial and ethnic minority youth, weaken friendships with fellow classmates.

Household Management is Double the Toil and Trouble for Women,” by Amy August. New research in American Sociological Review finds that women do most of the cognitive labor in a household, like anticipating needs of family members.

Teaching TSP:

Teaching Students to Think Sociologically about Climate Change,” by Amy August. New research in Teaching Sociology finds that environmental concerns are usually overlooked in introductory sociology classes. The authors suggest ways to interweave climate change into all areas of curriculum.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Fragile Families in Lilo and Stitch,” by Lena Denbroeder.

Council on Contemporary Families:

Fears of Violence: Concerns of Middle-Class Latinx Parents,” by Lorena Garcia.

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