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Norms, Normality, and Normativity

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Flashback Friday. Sociologists distinguish between the terms norm, normal, and normative. The norm refers to what is common or frequent.  For example, celebrating Christmas is the norm in America. Normal is opposed to abnormal.  Even though celebrating Christmas is the norm, it is not abnormal to celebrate Hanukkah.  To celebrate Hanukkah is perfectly normal. In […]

Flickr photo by Bruno Sanchez-Andrade Nuño

On Burkini Bans and Institutional Racism

by Julia Lipkins
Originally posted at Racism Review. The photos capture a woman lying serenely on a pebble beach. She is unaware of the four men as they approach. They wear guns and bulletproof vests, and demand the woman remove her shirt. They watch as she complies. This scene was reported in recent weeks by news outlets across the […]

The 2016 Presidential Race and the Failed Art of Balance

by Lisa Wade, PhD
Modern journalism is reliant on the idea of objectivity. Even when truth is elusive, if journalists write a balanced story, they can be said to have done a good job. But what if a story doesn’t have two sides? Sometimes journalists continue to write as if they do, as they did in regards to human […]

Founder and Principal Writer

Lisa Wade, PhD, is the editor and principal writer for Sociological Images. Born and raised in California, she earned a BA in philosophy from UC Santa Barbara, an MA in human sexuality from NYU, and a PhD in sociology from the University of Wisconsin, Madison. She is now a tenured professor at Occidental College in Los Angeles. Her most recent book, American Hookup, is an open-minded, compassionate, and unflinching account of the new culture of sex on campus. She is also the author of the bestselling textbook Gender: Ideas, Interactions, Institutions, with Myra Marx Ferree, and the co-editor of Assigned, a book about life with gender. She is currently working on what she hopes will be a rousing, tide-turning take on the introduction to sociology textbook. You can join Lisa on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. Or, you can visit her website for her curriculum vitae, syllabi, information on public speaking, and more.