In a now-classic white paper, sociologist Kathy Hull asks how and why American public opinion about marriage equality evolved so quickly: “It’s not a case of older people with more conservative beliefs dying out and being replaced by younger, more liberal generations. Rather, this kind of rapid shift suggests some individuals are changing their minds on the issue.”
A classic roundtable discussion from The Society Pages features U of M professors Zenzele Isoke and Enid Logan. Isoke issues a damning critique of media constructions of balance: “When the media panders to both sides or both ‘storylines’ … it makes a mockery of the political community. The media operates on the fiction that both sides are ‘equally valid,’ when clearly they are not.”
Life course scholar Phyllis Moen’s classic 2010 piece on why retirement is no longer a moment, but a project.
Sociologist Josh Page on the politics of punishment and why candidates and communities come together on criminal justice and, increasingly, criminal justice reform.
Director of the U of M’s Human Rights Program, Barbara Frey discusses what drives her research.
In a Heller-Hurwicz Economics Institute policy brief, economists Kurt Winkelmann and Jahiz Barlas write that policymakers should be concerned about the ability of many of the world’s pension systems to deliver on their promises. It is time, they believe, to build a new foundation for pension systems using the tools of quantitative economic analysis with aggregate welfare as the evaluation yardstick.