“FIVE MORE OUTS”: How Chicago Cubs’ magic and superstition build community

At about 9:00 on the night of Monday, September 12, 2016, two different group texts started on my phone at … Read More

CULTURAL SYMBOLS: Teaching the Confederate flag

Cultural symbols and the meanings applied to them are not fixed in time. Within sociology, there is no single agreed … Read More

NACIREMA: UPDATING A CLASSIC TO SEE YOUR OWN CULTURE AS AN OUTSIDER

Nacirema, that “exotic”, far-off place where people do “strange” things is one of the best ways to help … Read More

NORM VIOLATION: PETS OR FOOD?

Why don’t we eat dogs? That question will always get student’s attention. The definitions of “appropriate” food are … Read More

VIOLATING SOCIAL NORMS: cellphones

Often we are not consciously aware of the prevailing social norms that dominate our culture until they are … Read More