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 an epic shift in the source of electricity in the United States, and the upheavals the shift has produced. And, I recently spoke with Dr. Cassandra Engeman of Stockholm University about her recent paper titled “When Do Unions Matter to Social Policy? Organized Labor and Leave Legislation in the United States.” The paper is to be published in Social Forces, and is sole-authored.

Segment 1 -- Cassandra Engeman on “When Do Unions Matter to Social Policy? Organized Labor and Leave Legislation in the United States.”

Segment 2 -- The canary in the coal mine: The decline of coal, renewable replacements, and economic hardship in coal-producing Wyoming.

Direct download: TWiSP2020m08Thu27audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 12:35am PDT
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This week we discuss an important threshold the world has crossed. And, I speak with Professor Emily Kennedy of the Department of Sociology of the University of British Columbia about her recent paper titled “Accidental environmentalist or ethical elite? The moral dimensions of environmental impact.” The paper is to be published in Poetics, and is co-authored by Christine Horne.

Segment 1 -- Emily Kennedy on “Accidental environmentalist or ethical elite? The moral dimensions of environmental impact"

Segment 2 -- Sociological and methodological reflections on the passing of an important threshold.

Direct download: TWiSP2020m08Thu20audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 1:00am PDT
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This week I am joined by a panel of experts to discuss re-opening schools, remote instruction, and many other challenges and possibilities of the coming academic year.

Panelists:
Mark Berends, Professor of Sociology, University of Notre Dame
Jessica Calarco, Associate Professor of Sociology, Indiana University
Jan Stets, Professor of Sociology, University of California-Riverside

Direct download: TWiSP2020m08Thu13audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 11:01pm PDT
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This week we note that Thursday, August 6th marks the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima bombing. And, we speak with Professor Courtney Boen of the University of Pennsylvania about her recent paper titled “Criminal Justice Contacts and  Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State.” The paper is to be published in the Journal of Health and Social Behavior, and is sole-authored.

Segment 1 -- Courtney Boen on “Criminal Justice Contacts and  Psychophysiological Functioning in Early Adulthood: Health Inequality in the Carceral State."

Segment 2 -- Sociological reflections on the 75th Anniversary of the Hiroshima nuclear bombing.

Direct download: TWiSP2020m08Thu06audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 11:33pm PDT
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