Category: Sociology

Absence and presence: A Dancing Ghost of Racism Refuses to Disappear

Absence and presence: A Dancing Ghost of Racism Refuses to Disappear

— Carol Spindel
Student government leaders are demanding the removal of Indian imagery from campus buildings and opening discussion about a new mascot. The presence of this re-energized student activism is one reason for optimism. But students need to hear from campus leaders.

Time’s Up at Home Too

Time’s Up at Home Too

—Jennifer N. Fish
Paid household labor took a front seat in the lineup of causes at this year’s Golden Globe Awards. This celebrity-activist public alliance leveraged a prime media moment to call “time’s up” on sexism—in politics and practice.

Should we face the dead? Censoring or seeing mass shootings in America

Should we face the dead? Censoring or seeing mass shootings in America

Some of the worst mass shooting in US history recently took place, capping off a year with many other mass shootings. With each mass shooting, our news media respond by urgently updating us on the latest tragedy, breathlessly reporting the death toll. But did you see any of the bodies in Las Vegas, Texas, or elsewhere?

Where Are All the Nannies on Instagram?

Where Are All the Nannies on Instagram?

—Tamara R. Mose
A recent New York Times article asking “Where Are All the Nannies on Instagram?” speaks volumes to how we view the care of our children by those who are not family members.

What is it to be Multiracial?

What is it to be Multiracial?

— Miri Song
As multiracial people and unions become increasingly common in highly diverse societies such as United States, Miri Song examines what it means to be multiracial.

Hurricane Harvey and a Market City’s response to disaster

Hurricane Harvey and a Market City’s response to disaster

—Michael Oluf Emerson and Kevin T. Smiley
Michael Emerson and Kevin Smiley reflect on Houston’s response to Hurricane Harvey and give a careful analysis of how Houston’s resilience to such a disaster was affected by it being a “Market City”.

Vaccine Mandates and the Search for Social Justice

Vaccine Mandates and the Search for Social Justice

—Jennifer Reich
At the beginning of each school year, children around the country will be asked to provide school supplies alongside evidence that they have received all recommended vaccinations against childhood vaccine-preventable diseases. Although these requirements have become increasingly contentious, but were, in fact, created only in the last 35-50 years in an effort to create greater access to care for the most children in need.