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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.
 

Feb 18, 2021

This week we consider the justice implicated in a warning the National Basketball Association gave LeBron James for an on-court violation that the referee did not call. And, I recently spoke with Professor Mahesh Somashekhar of the University of Illinois at Chicago about his recent paper titled “Racial Inequality...


Feb 12, 2021

This week we discuss a hacker’s recent breach of a Florida town’s water supply. But first, as the Senate trial of impeached former President Donald Trump proceeds, some are suggesting that the nation has not been this polarized since the Civil War. Well, what does sociological research on political polarization say?...


Feb 5, 2021

This week we discuss the grassroots effort to add bike lanes to LEGO modules, and we mark the passing of a giant in the field of sociology. And, I recently spoke with Professor Michael Light of the University of Wisconsin-Madison about his recent paper titled “Undocumented immigration and terrorism: Is there a...


Jan 26, 2021

This week we discuss how new means of constructing algorithms may reduce racial disparities in health care. And, I speak with Professor Nina Bandelj of the University of California-Irvine about her recent paper titled “Amplified Decoupling in the Global Economy: The Case of Bilateral Investment Treaties.” The paper...


Jan 24, 2021

This week we discuss the pace of COVID-19 vaccinations in the United States. And, I speak with Professor Naomi Sugie of the University of California-Irvine about her recent paper titled “Marginalization or Incorporation? Welfare Receipt and Political Participation Among Young Adults.” The paper is to be published...