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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.
 

Nov 20, 2020

This week we discuss the threat of a famine of “biblical proportions” owing to COVID-19. And, I recently spoke with Professor Alyssa Goldman of Boston College about her recent paper titled “The Early-Life Origins of Later-Life Networks.” The paper is to be published in Social Problems, and...


Nov 15, 2020

This week we discuss the claim that pre-election polls failed during the 2020 election. And, I recently spoke with Professor Kevin Estep of Creighton University about his recent paper titled “Opting Out: Individualism and Vaccine Refusal in Pockets of Socioeconomic Homogeneity.” The paper is to be published in...


Nov 7, 2020

This week we discuss California Proposition 22, the Uber- & Lyft-sponsored proposition to allow them to classify drivers as contractors instead of employees. And, I recently spoke with Professors Andrew Kim and ChangHwan Kim of the University of Kansas, about their recent paper titled “COVID-19 and the Decline in...


Oct 29, 2020

This week we discuss the presidential election. And I recently spoke with Ms. Tabitha Wilbur, doctoral candidate in sociology at Indiana University, about her recent paper titled “Stressed but not Depressed: A Longitudinal Analysis of First-Generation College Students, Stress, and Depressive Symptoms.” The paper is...


Oct 23, 2020

This week we discuss some southern California hospitals’ refusal to accept transfers of COVID-19 patients from overcrowded hospitals because the patients lacked insurance. And, I recently spoke with Professor Dustin Stoltz of Lehigh University about his recent paper titled “The Changing Valuation of Dogs.” The...