sociology

9.20.17

Rich People Feel Really, Really Bad About Being Rich

A new book explores the anxieties that come along with affluence. I asked the author why regular people should care.

5.6.17

How the French Media Turned Emmanuel Macron Into a Presidential Candidate

A sociologist explains what he thinks the media have to gain if the French centrist candidate wins.

11.19.16

Meet the Artist Making Headpieces Out of His Facial Dystonia Diagnosis

Tiago Valente’s headpieces take an anthropological look at health, capitalism, and anthropology.

10.28.16

The Poisoned Candy Expert Is Pretty Sure No One's Trying to Kill Your Kids on Halloween

Joel Best is the leading expert on everything that maniacs are allegedly putting in your kids' candy. Problem is, your children aren't really in any danger.

9.30.16

I Spent a Day With the Professor of Fun to Find Out How to Make Life More Fun

We live in a miserable world, so how can we turn our lives into one big laugh?

8.24.16

Why Ramen Noodles Have Become the Most Popular Currency in US Jails

While conducting interviews with inmates at an unnamed state prison, University of Arizona sociologist Michael Gibson-Light found that instant noodles had actually surpassed tobacco as the “most prized currency” at the prison.

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7.28.16

The Problematic Gender Politics Between Masc and Fem Gays

A sociologist embeds within Louisiana bar culture to uncover whether bears treat twinks differently than men treat women in general.

7.1.16

How to Live Alone Without Going Crazy

Living alone is a luxury, but it comes with perils, like the risk of becoming depressed or simply weird.

4.23.16

Why We Care So Much When Icons Like Prince Die

A sociologist breaks down the mechanics behind the public displays of grief after a cultural hero dies.

4.2.16

Does Living with Step- or Half-Siblings Make Children More Aggressive?

A recent study found that children who live with step- or half-siblings are more likely to behave aggressively than kids who don't. We got in touch with the lead researcher to figure out why.

1.20.16

A History of British Nightlife According to Dave Haslam

The former Hacienda resident author of Life After Dark: A History of British Nightclubs & Music Venues takes us on a nocturnal tour from the Victorian age to today.

11.10.15

A New Study Shows That if You Live Alone, You Probably Eat Like Shit

Who needed vegetables, fruits, or fish if no one's watching you eat rubbish?

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