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 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 paper is to be published in Sociological Forum, and is co-authored by Justin Van Ness and Mette Evelyn Bjerre.

Segment 1 -- Dustin Stoltz on “The Changing Valuation of Dogs”

Segment 2 -- Some southern California hospitals reject and delay transfer requests for COVID-19 patients in overcrowded hospitals.

Direct download: TWiSP2020m10Thu22audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 5:36pm PDT
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This week we discuss Delta Airlines’ expectation of a return of business travel in 2 years. And, I recently spoke with Professor Ryan Finnigan of the University of California-Davis about his recent paper titled “Rainbow-Collar Jobs? Occupational Segregation by Sexual Orientation in the United States.” The paper is to be published in Socius, and is sole-authored.

Segment 1 -- Ryan Finnigan on “Rainbow-Collar Jobs? Occupational Segregation by Sexual Orientation in the United States”

Segment 2 -- Delta Airlines, business travel, and airlines' business model in a post-COVID world

Direct download: TWiSP2020m10Thu15audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 2:50am PDT
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This week we use differences in medical treatment for COVID-19 patients to consider a long-standing sociological challenge. And, I recently spoke with Professor Gregory Sharp of Dartmouth University about his recent paper titled “Tapped Out? Racial Disparities in Extra-Household Kin Resources and the Loss of Homeownership.” The paper is to be published in Demography, and is co-authored by Ellen Whitehead and Matthew Hall.

Segment 1 -- Gregory Sharp on “Tapped Out? Racial Disparities in Extra-Household Kin Resources and the Loss of Homeownership.”

Segment 2 -- The fraying bond between the people and the powerful in the United States.

Direct download: TWiSP2020m10Thu08audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 1:20pm PDT
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This week I am joined by a panel of experts to discuss the possibility of the dissolution or fracture of the United States–its attendant social psychological, economic, political, and organizational bases or lack thereof, as well as its likely implication for justice and freedom.

Panelists:
Nina Eliasoph, Professor of Sociology, University of Southern California
Margaret Somers, Emerita Professor of History and Sociology, University of Michigan
Stephanie Mudge, Associate Professor of Sociology, University of California-Davis

Direct download: TWiSP2020m10Thu01audio.mp3
Category:Public Affairs -- posted at: 4:04pm PDT
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