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No Exit: Sociology Meets Air Travel

By Karen Sternheimer When I was in high school I was really into existentialism. Not a surprise, considering that teens are often trying to figure out the meaning of their lives (even though existentialists consider life to be without in

The Lone Star State: Symbols, Place, and Identity

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By Janis Prince Inniss Do you know where this picture of the Christmas tree was snapped? Hint: look at its ornaments; they’re all stars. And look at the building in the background…no, this is not Washington, D.C. The correct answer is Au

Thinking Sociologically on Vacation

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By Sally Raskoff Don’t forget to keep using your sociological imagination and skills when you are on vacation! When you travel, using a sociological perspective can help enrich the experience and deepen your understanding of the places in

Restrooms in Cultural Context

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By Karen Sternheimer Several years ago, I visited the Mauna Kea Observatory on the Big Island of Hawai’i. I was surprised and amused by a sign I saw in the visitor’s bathroom, instructing users how to, um, use the facilities. I had previou

Traveling Light: Testing the Limits of Consumption

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By Karen Sternheimer Earlier this year I booked a flight using frequent flier miles that ended up costing me about $20 total (a good deal on this route is typically at least $200). Needless to say, I was pretty excited about this. But my l

Comment by Carla Fugleberg on “Hoarding and the Sociology of Consumption”

My mother-in-law is a hoarder, and it saddens my husband terribly. Its been like this for 12years no

Applying the Sociological Imagination to COVID-19

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By Karen Sternheimer By now you have likely heard of the Novel Coronavirus, or COVID-19. Maybe your school or workplace has shifted online for the time being, or you have noticed a shortage of cold and flu related items at your local store

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

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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

Culture, Structure, and Public Transportation

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By Karen Sternheimer Traveling by train from Chamonix, France to Grindelwald, Switzerland was a breeze, despite having to change trains five (!) times. It wouldn’t have been so easy in most other countries. Certainly not where we live, in

The American Identity: Should We Allow Non-Citizens To Vote?

By C.N. LeIn my first post, I would like to discuss an issue in which I have both an academic and a personal interest: the question of who qualifies to be an "American." The question is of particular interest to me because I am a Vietnam

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