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Constructing Deviance: A-Rod, Drugs, and Cheating


By Peter Kaufman “Is Calling Cheating Cheating, Cheating?” This was the title of a paper I wrote back in graduate school for a class on the sociology of deviance. This playful (or confusing) use of words was my attempt at getting at the

The Ethics of Ethnography

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By Peter Kaufman When I was an undergrad, I was a political science major. I did not discover sociology until my junior year when I took a course titled Institutions and Inequalities. It was after taking this course that I knew that I was

Applying Weber’s Concept of Bureaucracy to the Pandemic

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By Jessica Poling Like many of the classical theorists of his age, nineteenth-century German social theorist Max Weber sought to define “modernity.” Weber lived in a society experiencing rapid economic, political, and social changes and de

Commodities, Neoliberalism, and the Economy of Imprisonment

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By Jenny Enos Under capitalism, we are surrounded by products that promise to improve or fulfill our lives in some way. Whether it’s beauty products, nutritional supplements, clothing, or even technology, the advertisements we are expose

Moral Panics in 2020

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By Jessica Poling It is no secret that 2020 has been a time of public unrest. Mounting outcries regarding police brutality, gender inequality, and the Trump administration’s mishandling of climate change and COVID-19 dominate the daily new

Comment by JD on “Are Teen "Sexters" Sex Offenders?”

I believe that this is in fact a prevalent issue in todays teen society. I myself have received many

Comment by Krista on “Gender and Sexual Assaults on Campus”

Dr Julian Abel Constantine Gojer of Toronto Convicted of Drugging and raping two woman and killing a

Comment by jbird on “Going to the Doctor”

This is just another example of how our government cares more about making fat pockets for the few a

Comment by Sarah Connell on “Drinks, Anyone?”

I didn't know that alcohol was a bigger problem for middle aged men who are well off. They probably

Comment by Neil on “The Social Construction of Crime”

Negotiating with criminals should not be allowed what so ever, I mean if you can do the crime then d

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