Category Archives: Public Sociology

Sociology course “Sex in the 6ix” covers everything from love, hookup culture to sexual harassment

  Around the water cooler, on social media and the red carpet, the talk is about #MeToo and the wave of sexual misconduct allegations in the headlines. The conversation is also unfolding in university classrooms. In a new sociology course, Associate Professor Jooyoung Lee encourages his students not to shy away from contentious topics like what constitutes […]

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Researcher finds TV’s powerful influence on pregnancy, childbirth

  Surfing through cable TV channels often results in catching a glimpse of a woman giving birth or preparing for motherhood in one of the popular pregnancy and childbirth reality shows. But how much do shows like “Maternity Ward,” TLC’s “A Baby Story” or Discovery Health’s “Birth Day” really influence how women perceive and manage […]

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60% of black women killed by police were unarmed

  Black people, especially women, are more likely to have been unarmed when killed by police than non-blacks, according to a new study of nationwide data. This risk also appears to increase in police departments with a greater presence of non-white officers, report the researchers. A key finding of the study is that nearly 60 percent of […]

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What Do Sociologists Do?

  Every aspect of our lives is shaped by our relationship with society and its influences. Sociologists’ observations about society and how its influences affect us generates important information used to help us relate to one another, whether as consumers, citizens or community members. Who are we and why do we do the things we […]

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Oversimplifying Beliefs About Causes of Mental Illness May Hinder Social Acceptance

  Stigma is linked to combinations of biological and non-biological beliefs about mental illness, a Baylor University study finds WACO, Texas — Belief that mental illness is biological has increased among both health experts and the public in recent years. But campaigns to treat it as a disease and remove stigma may be lacking because […]

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