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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.
 

May 13, 2021

This week we discuss survey evidence on Americans’ response to the difficulties of 2020. And, I recently spoke with Dr. Yikang Bai of Washington State University, and Professor Jennifer Givens of the Utah State University, about their recent paper titled “Ecologically Unequal Exchange of Plastic Waste? A...


May 7, 2021

This week we discuss leftists’ reluctance to return to normal as scientific knowledge about COVID, and the proportion of people vaccinated against COVID, both rise. And, I recently spoke with Professor Anne Groggel of North Central College about her recent paper titled “The Role of Place and...


Apr 30, 2021

This week we discuss the recently released Census data on reapportionment. And, I recently spoke with Professor Sarah Lageson of Rutgers University about her recent paper titled “Digitizing and Disclosing Personal Data: The Proliferaton of State Criminal Records on the Internet.” The paper is to be published in...


Apr 23, 2021

This week we briefly juxtapose the original Minneapolis Police Department report on the death of George Floyd with the facts of the case we now know. Using a sociological lens, we consider how such a technically accurate, but fundamentally inaccurate report could be released–and what it says about the sources...


Apr 16, 2021

With reports that an Instagram for children is under development, we draw sociological insights on the move and the backlash. And, I speak with Professor Jacob Felson of William Patterson University about his recent paper titled “Online or in Person? Examining College Decisions to Reopen during the COVID-19 Pandemic...