Welcome back! This week, we round up research on news avoidance, its relationship to news fatigue, and how avoiding the news differs by gender. We also bring you new research on the beliefs held by people who opt-out of religion and on widespread understandings about “good” parenting. Finally, we share research-backed suggestions for instructors interested in making service-learning beneficial for students of all social class backgrounds.

There’s Research on That!:

The Rise of News Avoidance” by Nick Matthews. We bring together research on the causes and effects of avoiding the news and highlights scholarship suggesting ways to make news consumption more appealing.


Is Uncertainty Unsettling?” by Mahala Miller. New research in American Sociological Review examines how nonreligious people understand certainty, meaning, and social connection.

Intensive Mothering and Fathering are the New Norm” by Amy August. A recent study published in Social Forces shows that parents–regardless of their social class or gender–are expected to engage in child-centered, time-intensive parenting.

Teaching TSP:

How Less-Advantaged Students Experience Service-Learning” by Amy August. New research in Teaching Sociology demonstrates that lower-SES students experience and benefit from service-learning in different ways than their peers with more privilege.

From Our Partners:

Sociological Images:

Visualizing Emotions” by Marci Cottingham.

Council on Contemporary Families:

New Work: If I [Take] Leave, Will You Stay? Paternity Leave and Relationship Stability” by Richard J. Petts and Daniel L. Carlson.


Letter from the Editors, Fall 2019” by Rashawn Ray and Fabio Rojas.

Role, Status or Cooperation?” by Sydney Yarbrough.

And from the Community Pages:

The Center for Holocaust & Genocide Studies reflects on the spread of far-right populism in Spain.

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