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The Social Construction of Stuff


By Karen Sternheimer I am in the process of moving to a new home. The move has been planned for over a year, so I have been preparing to pack and get rid of things for a while. Coincidentally, our department recently moved to a new bui

Are Social Scientists Anti-Social? How to Test Hypotheses

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By Karen Sternheimer A colleague recently posed this question about social scientists' behavior while we chatted after a social event. She thought it was particularly interesting that sociologists, of all people, might not be the most soci

The Never-Ending Beauty Shift

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By Peter Rydzewski Sociology Ph.D. student, University of Maryland The idea that physical characteristics can be socially developed may be difficult to consider at first. According to Raewyn Connell, however, “bodies are both objects of s

What You See Isn’t Always What May Be: Confirmation Bias


By Sally Raskoff Confirmation bias is a fascinating dynamic. What we see may not be what we judge it to be. What we think we are seeing may just be what we expect it to be. A new study by sociologists Aliya Saperstein and Andrew M.

College Degrees and Social Mobility


By Karen Sternheimer Are you currently or about to be a college student? A recent college grad? If so, you probably hope that your college degree will help you in the job market. According to the Cooperative Institutional Research Program

The Social Construction of Race, Ethnicity, Sex, and Gender


By Sally Raskoff Is it easier to conceive of race/ethnicity or sex/gender as socially constructed categories? A recent assessment of students’ learning on our campus suggest that it’s easier to consider race and ethnicity as socially c

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

Race, Class, and “Hybrid” Masculinities

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By Jessica Poling In 1995, gender theorist R.W. Connell wrote her seminal book, Masculinities. In this book, Connell expands our understanding of gender by focusing on gender relations (rather than roles) with a specific focus on masculini

Applying Sociology of Work and Organizations Concepts to the COVID-19 Pandemic

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By Colby King During spring break this past week, I was grading midterm exams from my Sociology of Work and organizations class while also following the news about the spread of COVID-19. Karen Sternheimer wrote the other day about how we

Can Teachers Speak the Truth about Donald Trump?

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By Peter Kaufman Consider this statement: Donald Trump, the 45th President of the United States of America, is a racist, sexist, xenophobic bigot who constantly tells lies and makes wildly misleading claims. I offer this statement not as

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