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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...

Sociology, Murals, and Communities
Monday, October 06, 2014
By Sally Raskoff Have you seen any murals in your community? If so, do you know what they depict? Do you know the history behind them? Finding such murals can be a good exercise for your sociological imagination. There is...

Social Interaction and Drought Shaming
Thursday, October 02, 2014
By Karen Sternheimer There is currently a severe drought in California, and this summer new rules went into effect to conserve water. For instance, a water feature (like a fountain) must re-circulate the same water. You cannot hose down the...