Hello and happy Friday all. This week we’ve got a number of new pieces on religion, some reflections on how to influence public policy, and even a little sociology in outer space!
“Mimi Schippers on Polyamory and Polyqueer Sexualities,” with Allison Nobles. In this episode, we chat with Schippers about her new book and the ways “compulsory monogamy” limits how we experience relationships.
“Outer Space and Earthly Inequalities,” by Jacqui Frost. It may require rocket science to get to space, but social science is beginning to weigh in on what it might mean for social life if we continue to commodify and colonize outer space.
“The Ordinary Side of Charismatic Leadership,” by Jacqui Frost. New research in Sociology of Religion finds that leaders of megachurches often embody a particular kind of charisma that blends the ordinary and the extraordinary.
“How Sociology Can Contribute to Public Policy,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. The New York Times talks to a number of sociologists in this piece about the uneven distribution of economics and sociology in public policy discussions.
From Our Partners:
“Opioids, Health Care Denial, and a World of Pain,” by Megan Peterson.
And a Few from the Community Pages:
- Feminist Reflections reflects on trans-feminisms and coalitional social justice work.
- Sociological Images maps racial and educational segregation in the U.S. and explains the sociological relevance of Calvin (and Hobbes).
- Engaging Sports talks Tim Tebow and Trump’s America.
- Girl w/Pen! explores headscarves and manufacturing Islam.