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  • The scales of justice
    Pennsylvania Attorney General proves legal system is flawed in rape case
    How can anyone still wonder why women (or men) are so reluctant to report cases of sexual assault or rape after hearing/reading about the Pennsylvania Attorney General who recently cast part of the blame of a brutal rape on the victim because she...
  • Classroom
    Social class differences contribute to classroom inequalities
    Social differences and the widening class gap in America are creating an imbalance in the educational opportunities of today’s children. According to a new study from Indiana University (IU) Bloomington to be published in the October issue...
  • Which one do you prefer?
    Moving to an apartment - take one of these pets with you
    With an economy which continues to falter, more and more people, particularly those living on fixed incomes, are down-sizing, often moving into apartments. All too often, that also requires giving up the beloved family pet.That does not mean,...
  • Not a pretty sight
    In Ocala, saggy pants will cost you $500 and up to six months in jail
    The Ocala, Florida city council says there are NO “Ifs, Ands or Butts…”, It’s the City Law, Ordinance Number 07 – 19. This ordinance bans the wearing of sagging pants apparel in Opa-Locka City Parks and Buildings.The...
  • The Tipping Point
    In the spirit of mavens: Book review of ‘The Tipping Point’ by Malcolm Gladwell
    The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference was the tipping point of Malcolm Gladwell’s book writing career. Published in 2000 it was a ground breaking study about how to recognize and develop sociological and economical...
  • facebook spying
    Facebook: The myth of natural data
    Facebook recently announced they are interested in recruiting sociologists to conduct research for their ever-growing empire. The particular article I am referring to is found here. The article notes that the two most enticing factors for...
  • Senior citizen using a smart phone
    Scam alert: cyberproof your phone
    The May 2014 issue of AARP magazine shared several scam alerts for senior citizens, including how to cyberproof your phone.Cyberproofing one’s phone, however, is not just an issue for senior citizens. It can be an issue for citizens of all...
  • Books on Sociology and Economics
    Four books on contemporary sociology and economics
    4. The Tipping Point: How Little Things Can Make a Big Difference Malcolm Gladwell [2000]Ever wonder why a certain product, idea or trend starts out small then suddenly explodes? This National Bestseller seeks to explain why, through patterns of...
  • Candy Leonard
    Interview: Dr. Candy Leonard on how Beatlemania changed everyone's lives
    Introduction: Candy Leonard is the author of a forthcoming book “Beatleness: How the Beatles and Their Fans Remade the World,"a scholarly analysis of the Beatlemania phenomenon. The book discusses “what it was like to grow up with...
  • Harvard Study
    Violating dress code can lead to success
    Yesterday, Esquire reported that according to a Harvard study, unique and even “lazy” dressing can cause peers to perceive an individual as more capable and confident.According to the Wall Street Journal, two Harvard professors and...
  • Mitch Albom, author of "Tuesdays with Morrie"
    Revisiting "Tuesdays with Morrie" by Mitch Albom
    Originally written to help pay a dying man's medical expenses,Tuesdays with Morrie byMitch Albom is said to be the best-selling memoir of all time. Why has this story about an elderly professor dying of Lou Gehrig's disease resonated with...
  • Dr. Saguy gives a lecture regarding her new book
    Fat as a public health crisis or a cultural obsession?
    We have generally accepted, as a society, that fatness is something negative to be avoided at almost all costs; however an intriguing transcript of a tweet chat by the Academy for Eating Disorders released Monday, Dec. 16 sheds new light on the...
  • Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
    Review of Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh
    Sudhir Venkatesh was a naïve grad student starting his first year studying sociology. Expecting people in a housing project in Chicago to answer questions about their living situations, he writes a survey and starts knocking on doors. He is...
  • Healthy school snack
    Snacktime in NYC elementary schools
    This writer is currently under the spell of the Columbia Sociologist Sudhir Venkatesh. . . In the sense that, while his astonishing recent book: "Floating City"http://amzn.to/HogRXAcontains massive amounts of anecdotal reporting, he is...
  • Empathy
    Study: Human empathy is vulnerability dependent
    Jack Levin, the Irving and Betty Brudnick Professor of Sociology and Criminology at Northeastern University, presented new research at the Aug. 10, 2013, session of the 2013 annual meeting of the American Sociological Association that indicates...