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Weddings: Front Stage Performances
Thursday, October 30, 2014
By Karen Sternheimer Weddings are big productions. They often take months of planning that includes selecting decorations, invitations, food, music, dresses, tuxedoes, color schemes, seating charts, the wedding party and more. Weddings are a heightened example of what sociologist Erving...

Is Islamophobia a Form of Racism (And Does it Even Matter)?
Monday, October 27, 2014
By Saadia Faruqi Graduate student Department of Sociology, Baker University A couple of weeks ago, Ben Affleck called out Bill Maher for being a racist because of his views of Muslims. In a world still healing from the racism of...

Who is a Low Wage Earner?
Friday, October 17, 2014
By Karen Sternheimer The mayor of Los Angeles has proposed increasing the minimum wage to $13.25 an hour in the city, and requested an analysis of the potential impact an increase would have on workers and businesses. Researchers from UC...

Understanding Violence Sociologically
Tuesday, October 14, 2014
By Peter Kaufman Violence is ubiquitous. We see it in television shows, movies, video games, and advertisements; we read about it in news articles, magazines, and books; we speak about it—both literally when we recount what’s happening in the world,...

Sociology, Sidewalks, and Walking
Friday, October 10, 2014
By Teresa Irene Gonzales If a city’s streets look interesting, the city looks interesting; if they look dull, the city looks dull. (Jane Jacobs). Have you ever noticed that your walking pace changes depending on where you’re walking, and where...