8 posts from August 2011

August 29, 2011

How to Start College

Janis_picBy Janis Prince Inniss

Congratulations! You are a college student. Here are a few tips to help you have a satisfactory journey.

Regardless of whether you've been organized before or not, this is the time and place for you to become organized.

You need to have a calendar. You need to know when your assignments and tests are due. It is not okay to forget or to mix up various assignment dates.

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August 25, 2011


image By Sally Raskoff

I woke up today, not because my alarm went off, but because the house was so quiet. We had lost power sometime during the night and nothing was on. Nothing.

No phone to ring. No coffee maker to brew my morning potion. No computer to download my email or Facebook updates. No Wi-Fi to use with my phone or other gadgets. No treadmill to start the day with cardio. No hot water for a shower or to wash dishes. No garage door opener to set my car free. No air conditioner to cool the air once the sun comes up and things heat up. No lights to allow me to clearly see anything inside the house. No radio, television, or DVD player to entertain me.

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August 22, 2011

Everyday Sociology Talk: Sharon Zukin on Las Vegas

This year at the American Sociological Association’s annual meeting in Las Vegas we interviewed many sociologists about their work. Here, Sharon Zukin, urban sociologist and author of Naked City: The Death and Life of Authentic Urban Places, talks about why she is not a fan of Las Vegas.  

August 19, 2011

Gendered Body Competitions

Janis_pic By Janis Prince Inniss

Shhhhh. Don't tell anyone, but I was once a competitor in a body building competition.

I had only been strength training for a few months, when at about 18 years old, I was invited to take part in a body building competition. At that time, I lived in Antigua and the competition was held in Barbados. Then, as now, I loved to travel. And since this was a free trip including hotel accommodations who was I to say no?

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August 12, 2011

Race, Class, and Cancer

karen By Karen Sternheimer

If you are old enough to read this post, cancer has likely impacted you or someone you love, regardless of your race or class. No matter your background, most of us probably have known the pain of losing someone to cancer.

But according to recently released data from the American Cancer Society (ACS), cancer is more deadly for African Americans than whites and Latinos. And in most cases, those with less education are more likely to die of cancer too.

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August 09, 2011

Race, Anger, and Power

new sallyBy Sally Raskoff

Anders Breivik recently killed dozens people in Norway, ostensibly to start an anti-Muslim movement in his home country in the name of Christianity. Using similar means on a federal building, Timothy McVeigh killed 168 people in the United States in 1995, in “revenge” against the federal government.

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August 05, 2011

Who's Got Time for This?

Peter_Kaufman_Bio_PicBy Peter Kaufman

Regular readers of Everyday Sociology know that I’m the new kid on the block. And I must say I’m pretty surprised to find myself in this position. It’s not that I don’t love sociology (which I do) and it’s not that I don’t enjoy writing about it (which I also do) it’s that I could never figure out how people had the time to read blogs, much less write them. I have enough trouble juggling my job-related tasks (preparing for classes, grading papers, attending committee meetings, working on my research) with my personal tasks (walking the dog, preparing meals, cleaning the house, exercising, following current events). And I know I’m not alone.

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August 02, 2011

Sociological Theories: What are They and Why do We Need Them?

new janisBy Janis Prince Inniss

Why do people engage in deviant or criminal acts? Do you ever argue with your friends and/or family about the answer to that question? In brief, here are some sociological answers to the question.

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