Social Thought and Research


Vol. 33, 2014

Interview with Robert Wuthnow
Dr. Robert Wuthnow is the Gerhardt-Andlinger 52 professor of Sociology at Princeton University. His works focus on social and cultural change. His work has appeared in the top journals of sociology, and he is the author of several books and edited volumes,...
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To Preserve the Mountains and the Community: Indigenous Ecotourism as a Sustainable Development Strategy
IntroductionWith increased international awareness of the need to preserve the environment, sustainable development is becoming an important focus for transnational, nongovernmental organizations (NGOs) in developing countries. The Brundtland Report,...
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America's Heartland: A Case for Social Resilience?
IntroductionHeartland is a nonspecific term used more commonly in the media and in literature than in social science. Unlike homeland, which has been used to designate the entire United States since the attacks on September 11, 2001, heartland connotes...
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Narratives, Religion, and Traumatic Life Events among Young Adults
IntroductionWhy are some people resilient in the face of hardships, but others fall into chronic dysfunction? Is coping with hardship the same as resilience? How do religious beliefs, practices, and narratives influence resilience among young adults...
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Interview with Mary C. Waters
Dr. Mary C. Waters is an Amy Zuckerman professor of Sociology at Harvard University who specializes in race, ethnicity, and immigration.ALVORD: Mary Waters, thank you so much for taking the time to be here with us today. We really, really appreciate...
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Interview with Lane Kenworthy
Dr. Lane Kenworthy is Professor of Sociology and Yankelovich Chair in Social Thought at the University of California-San Diego and Professor of Sociology and Political Science at The University of Arizona. His work focuses on the causes and consequences...
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Religion and Inequality: The Role of Status Attainment and Social Balance Processes
Religion plays a central role in creating and maintaining social and economic inequality, but the mechanisms driving this relationship are not well-understood. Weber's The Protestant Ethic and the Spirit of Capitalism (2002) contains the most famous...
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Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media Is Not the Answer, Second Edition
Connecting Social Problems and Popular Culture: Why Media is Not the Answer, Second Edition, by Karen Sternheimer. Boulder, CO: Westview Press, 2013, 320 pages, $37.00 Paper. ISBN: 9780813347233.In Connecting Social Problems with Popular Culture, University...
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Vol. 32, 2013

Interview with Steven Epstein
Steven Epstein is a professor of sociology and the John C. Shaffer professor in the humanities at Northwestern University.WENDEL-HUMMELL: We're going to start with an easy question here. Grad students are interested in how professionals and people who...
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Increasing Representation, Maintaining Hierarchy: An Assessment of Gender and Medical Specialization
AbstractDespite increases in the number of women entering the medical profession during the past four decades, female medical students remain more likely than their male colleagues to enter less prestigious medical specialties. Data from the Association...
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Investigation of the Effects of Nutrition Education on the Lifestyles of Third-Grade Children and Their Parents
AbstractThe current study assessed improvement in healthy lifestyles of third-grade children from Iowa schools who participated in nutrition education lessons provided by the Iowa Department of Public Health's Building and Strengthening Iowa Community...
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An Analysis of Embodiment among Six Superheroes in DC Comics
AbstractThis study analyzes the changes in physical presentation of several DC comic book superheroes, finding that the bodies of superheroes have become far more sexualized, exaggerated, and unrealistic in recent years. The comic reader's "gaze" upon...
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Whitewashing the Web: A Review Essay
WHITEWASHING THE WEB: A REVIEW ESSAY Cyber Racism: White Supremacy Online and the New Attack on Civil Rights, by Jessie Daniels. Lanham, MD: Rowman and Littlefield, 2009, 274 pages, $28.95 Paper. ISBN: 9780742561588.In Cyber Racism, Jessie Daniels (2009)...
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Is Feminism Dead or Is It Fluoride in the Water?
IS FEMINISM DEAD OR IS IT FLUORIDE IN THE WATER? Everywhere and Nowhere: Contemporary Feminism in the United States, by Jo Reger. New York: Oxford University Press 2012, 256 pages, $24.95 Paper. ISBN: 978-0199861989.Throughout the history of the movement,...
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Confronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global Change/Analyzing Gender, Intersectionality, and Multiple Inequalities: Global, Transnational and Local Contexts
Confronting Equality: Gender, Knowledge and Global Change, by Raewyn W. Connell. Australia: Allen & Unwin, 2011,200 pages, $35.00 AUD Paper. ISBN: 978-0745653518.Analyzing Gender, Intersectionality, and Multiple Inequalities: Global, Transnational...
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Rapid Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions
Book Review Rapid Climate Change: Causes, Consequences, and Solutions, by Scott G. McNall, New York: Routledge, 2011, 104 pages, $9.95 Paper. ISBN: 978-0415892032.The climate crisis is a problem unlike any that humans have ever faced. The field of environmental...
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