Category Archives: Public Sociology

What Sports Reveal About Society

  Sociologists find that sports are inextricably intertwined with the people, countries, and politics surrounding them. Sports have been in the news lately, from Serena Williams’s controversy at the U.S. Open to Caster Semenya’s fight to be allowed to race as a woman. Perhaps most dramatically, Nike and Colin Kaepernick have set some parts of the country aflame (sort of) […]

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Kavanaugh is lying. His upbringing explains why.

  The elite learn early that they’re special — and that they won’t face consequences. Brett Kavanaugh is not telling the whole truth. When President George W. Bush nominated him to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit in 2006, he told senators that he’d had nothing to do with the […]

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South Africa’s white right, the Alt-Right and the alternative

  There has been a global rise in populism, especially of the right wing variety. In South Africa this has manifested in the increasingly strident Afriforum. This pressure group purports to advance the rights of Afrikaners, the ethnic group most closely identified with the former apartheid regime. The prime ministers and presidents who ran the country from 1948 until […]

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Class – not race nor religion – is potentially Singapore’s most divisive fault line

  That is the finding of the latest, and one of the largest, surveys on this topic, raising questions on whether the society is still based on equality and meritocracy. The documentary Regardless of Class examines the issues. SINGAPORE: The fault lines that have been the most worrisome in Singapore since the nation’s independence are, […]

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Hey, Sociologists! Speak Up!

  There’s an academic discipline that studies economic questions in illuminating ways. But it’s too quiet about it. Sociologists Matthew Desmond of Princeton University and Nathan Wilmers of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have written what by all appearances is going to be a blockbuster paper. I can tell you what it’s called: “Do the Poor […]

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