Everyday Sociology Blog: Eating in Everyday Life

Everyday Sociology Blog: Eating in Everyday Life

By Todd Schoepflin My 13-year-old has suddenly stopped eating meat. This came as a surprise to my wife and me, considering his voracious appetite and penchant for eating a variety of meats. It wasn’t long ago he was eager to participate in the chicken sandwich wars, comparing offerings from popular fast-food establishments. We live in … Read more

In Memory of James Loewen

In Memory of James Loewen

By Myron Strong In my Intro to Sociology courses, I often recall a story I told students when I was teaching at Little Rock’s Parkville High School in Little Rock, Arkansas while working on my masters in secondary education. While analyzing a canonized text on King Arthur to a group of 10th graders, I pointed … Read more

Emotional and Aesthetic Labor in Ballet

Emotional and Aesthetic Labor in Ballet

By Jenny Enos It is no secret that jobs are not what they used to be. While Karl Marx’s disturbing depiction of alienated and lifeless factory workers in the mid nineteenth century may still ring true to some, our working conditions have arguably only gotten worse. The so-called “gig economy,” in which steady jobs are … Read more

Everyday Sociology Blog: Biography and History Intersecting: Thinking Critically about Individualism

Everyday Sociology Blog: Biography and History Intersecting: Thinking Critically about Individualism

By Karen Sternheimer In his book The Sociological Imagination, C. Wright Mills described the importance of historical events as shaping individuals’ lives. This is not just to say that historical events influence our personalities or preferences, but that sociology calls upon us to consider the interplay between our seemingly private lives and the world around … Read more

Learning from South Central Dreams

Learning from South Central Dreams

By Karen Sternheimer Who we are is shaped by the places we live, and we in turn shape theses places. This is one of the resounding messages in a new book by my colleagues, Pierrette Hondagneu-Sotelo and Manuel Pastor, South Central Dreams: Finding Home and Building Community in South LA. When many people hear the … Read more

My Love Letter to Dr. Nema

My Love Letter to Dr. Nema

By Janis Prince Inniss Last October, I took my 90-year-old mother to her doctor’s office for the seasonal flu shot. That shot is not given by the doctor, of course, but he came into the patient room to see her with great excitement! She was thrilled to see him, and there was no mistaking her … Read more

Exploring the Intersection of Race and Gender

Exploring the Intersection of Race and Gender

By Myron Strong More than a year ago in my post, “Fear, Race, and the Yellow Peril,” I explored many of the historical aspects of anti-Asian hate. Racialization of COVID-19 served as a catalyst for the increase of violence that has manifested in mass shootings, violent attacks, shunning, civil rights violations, verbal, and online attacks. … Read more

Who are the Stars at Your University?

Who are the Stars at Your University?

By Janis Prince Inniss I will never forget the day Dr. Levine told me that Lillian Rubin was coming to teach at Queens College. I couldn’t believe that he knew her! Or that she would be teaching at my school and I could take a class with her. In terms of today’s music celebrities, he … Read more

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