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On TSP this week we highlighted research contextualizing cultural change and the church. Our partner and community pages wrote on orientalism and the media, the risk of genocide in Afghanistan, and queer recruitment panic. Plus, a new podcast from Give Theory a Chance.

There’s Research on That!

As Pope Francis kicks off a three-year synod to discuss Catholic doctrine and practices where a big question on the table is the ordination of women as deacons, our own Christine Delp rounds up research on gender, cultural change, and the church.

From Our Partners


Japonica Brown-Saracino, D’Lane Compton, and Jeffrey Nathaniel Parker write on panic over the “recruitment” of people into LGBTQ identity following the release of new Gallup data.

From Our Community Pages

Over at Engaging Sports Umer Hussain considers orientalist and islamophobic media coverage in advance of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

Will Calhoun writes for the Center for Holocaust and Genocide Studies considering how the U.S. withdrawal from Afghanistan raises the risk of genocide for the Hazara people.

Give Theory a Chance shared a new podcast this week in conversation with Michael DeLand on Herbert Blumer’s interpretation of George Herbet Mead’s work on social construction and symbolic interactionism.

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