This Week in Sociological Perspective
(Audio) Economists talk money. Politicians talk government. On This Week in Sociological Perspective we talk money, politics, and everything else that makes the world go ‘round, offering insight on society, public affairs, and news of the week. Guest authors join your host, UC-Berkeley Professor Samuel Roundfield Lucas, to transcend the headlines through fascinating research in sociology.

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This week we discuss mortgages and climate change. And, I recently spoke with Professor Caroline Hartnett of the University of South Carolina about her recent paper titled “Racial Disparities in Emotional Well-Being during Pregnancy.” The paper is to be published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and is co-authored by Mia Brantley.

Segment 1 -- Caroline Hartnett on “Racial Disparities in Emotional Well-Being during Pregnancy."

Segment 2 -- Sociological insights on changes in mortgages in response to climate change.

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Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 7:50pm PDT
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This week we discuss the Bostock V. Clayton County, Georgia Supreme Court decision. And, I recently spoke with Brian Fitzpatrick, a Doctoral Candidate at the University of Notre Dame, about his recent paper titled “The Right Fit? Classroom Mismatch in Middle School and Its Inconsistent Effect on Student Learning.” The paper is to be published in Sociology of Education, and is co-authored by Sarah Mustillo.

Segment 1 -- Brian Fitzpatrick on "The Right Fit? Classroom Mismatch in Middle School and Its Inconsistent Effect on Student Learning."

Segment 2 -- Sociological insights on the majority and minority opinions in Bostock v. Clayton County.

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Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 2:00am PDT
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This week we discuss calls to defund the police. And, I recently spoke with Suzanne Model , who is Emirita Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst, and Research Associate, Center for Research on International Migration at the University of California-Irvine. We discussed her recent paper titled “Patterns of Black–White Partnership: Black Ethnics and African Americans Compared.” The paper will be published in the Journal of Marriage and Family.

Segment 1 -- Suzanne Model on “Patterns of Black-White Partnership: Black Ethnics and African Americans Compared."

Segment 2 -- Sociological insights on the "defund the police" policy label.

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Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 8:41pm PDT
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This week we discuss the twin assaults of COVID-19 and police brutality in the United States, and some fundamental challenges both assaults expose. And, I recently spoke with Professor Jessica Calarco of Indiana University about her recent paper titled “Avoiding Us versus Them: How Schools’ Dependence on Privileged ‘Helicopter’ Parents Influences Enforcement of Rules.” The paper was published in the most recent issue of the American Sociological Review.

Segment 1 -- Jessica Calarco on “Avoiding Us versus Them: How Schools' Dependence on Privileged 'Helicopter' Parents Influences Enforcement of Rules."

Segment 2 -- Sociological observations on COVID-19, police brutality, and some challenges these twin assaults are exposing.

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Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 12:45am PDT
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