Hello again everyone! The TSP crew is gearing up for another year and looking forward to bringing you all the best in sociological writing and research during what it sure to be a roller coaster ride of an election year. Starting this week, we are resuming our weekly roundups to keep you up to date on what is going on around the site. We have a lot to share with you this week, including some pieces from a new issue of Contexts, thoughts from editor Doug Hartmann on the new era of athlete advocacy, and numerous angles on all things election.
“A New Era of Athlete Awareness and Advocacy,” by Doug Hartmann. “Let there be no doubt: we live in a new era of athlete awareness and advocacy, unlike anything we’ve seen since the late 1960s.”
“How Institutions Trump Personal Politics,” by Evan Stewart. Sociological research sheds light on how it is that Trump won the Republican party nomination without majority support from Republican leaders.
“Is Lead-Laced Blood Thicker than Lead-Laced Water?” by Neeraj Rajasekar. New research finds that the racial gap in childhood blood lead levels rises in wealthy neighborhoods.
“Promiscuous Papas,” by Caty Taborda-Whitt. A study of 37 countries reveals that the gender of a father’s firstborn child has a significant influence on that father’s likelihood of being sexually promiscuous later in life.
“Politicians Talk about Muslims,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. Inflammatory rhetoric surrounding Islam in America can be found on both sides of the political spectrum.
“Whitewashed Affirmative Action,” by Neeraj Rajasekar. Despite increased litigation by white women against affirmative action, white women are among affirmative action’s primary beneficiaries.
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As Joel Best points out in his new Contexts piece, “Sociologists don’t just view the glass as half-empty, we mutter that it is probably leaking, too.” So, the new issue of Contexts asks sociologists to tell them some good news for a change. See below for a first look at what they came up with.
“What Good News Looks Like,” by Joel Best.
“An Economic Gap Slowly Closing,” by Rose Malinowski Weingartner.
“A Hand Up for Lower-Income Families,” by Sarah Halpern-Meekin, Laura Tach, Kathryn Edin, and Jennifer Sykes.
“Donald Trump and the Dynamics of American Public Opinion about Racial Profiling,” by Deborah Schildkraut.
“Why Does Immigration Arouse Deep Feelings and Conflicts?” by John D. Skrentny.
“What Does The Supreme Court’s Deadlocked Decision on Deferring Deportations Mean for Immigrant Families?” by Heide Castañeda.
“How Catholic Hospitals Restrict Reproductive Health Services,” by Debra Stulberg and Lori Freedman.
“Taking the Nostalgia of Trump Supporters Seriously,” by Stephanie Coontz.
“Social Policies, Parenthood, and Happiness in 22 Countries,” by Jennifer Glass, Robin Simon, and Matthew Anderson.
“What’s really ‘for the family’,” by Virginia Rutter.
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