Sociology

Sociology

episodes

Interviews with sociologists about their new books.

M. Cooper Minister and Sarah J. Bloesch, "Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Methods" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

April 13, 2024

Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion

M. Cooper Minister and Sarah J. Bloesch
Hosted by Jacob Barrett

Cultural Approaches to Studying Religion: An Introduction to Theories and Method (Bloomsbury, 2023) examines the analytic tools of scholars in religio…

Miss Tibet: Representing Tibet through Beauty Pageants

April 12, 2024

Miss Tibet: Representing Tibet through Beauty Pageants

Pema Choedon

What does the Miss Tibet beauty pageant tell us about what it means to be Tibetan in a globalized world? And what understandings of Tibetan culture do…

Elizabeth Peterson, "Making Sense of 'Bad English': An Introduction to Language Attitudes and Ideologies" (Routledge, 2019)

April 12, 2024

Making Sense of "Bad English"

Elizabeth Peterson

Brynn Quick speaks with Dr Elizabeth Peterson about language ideologies and what we think when we hear different varieties of English. The conversati…

Cristiana Strava, "Precarious Modernities: Assembling State, Space and Society on the Urban Margins in Morocco" (Bloomsbury, 2021)

April 12, 2024

Precarious Modernities

Cristiana Strava
Hosted by Yadong Li

What does living “precariously” mean in Casablanca? In 2014 it meant being labeled tcharmil (seeming to endanger public order) and swept up by the po…

Eric Hoffer's "The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements" (1951): A Discussion with Jay Garfinkel

April 10, 2024

Eric Hoffer's "The True Believer: Thoughts on the Nature of Mass Movements" (1951)

Eric Hoffer
Hosted by Renee Garfinkel

A stevedore on the San Francisco docks in the 1940s, who eventually taught at the University of California at Berkeley, Eric Hoffer wrote philosophi…

Marc Edelman, "Peasant Politics of the Twenty-First Century: Transnational Social Movements and Agrarian Change" (Cornell UP, 2024)

April 6, 2024

Peasant Politics of the Twenty-First Century

Marc Edelman
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Peasant Politics of the Twenty-First Century: Transnational Social Movements and Agrarian Change (Cornell University Press, 2024) by Dr. Marc Edelman …

Tina Sikka, "Health Apps, Genetic Diets and Superfoods: When Biopolitics Meets Neoliberalism" (Bloomsbury, 2023)

April 5, 2024

Health Apps, Genetic Diets and Superfoods

Tina Sikka

Health Apps, Genetic Diets and Superfoods: When Biopolitics Meets Neoliberalism (Bloomsbury, 2023) critically examines contemporary health and wellnes…

Kieran File, "How Language Shapes Relationships in Professional Sports Teams: Power and Solidarity Dynamics in a New Zealand Rugby Team" (Bloomsbury, 2022)

April 5, 2024

How Language Shapes Relationships in Professional Sports Teams

Kieran File
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

While the topic of relationships in professional sports teams is gaining greater attention from researchers and practitioners, the role that coach and…

Loren D. Lybarger, "Palestinian Chicago: Identity in Exile" (U California Press, 2020)

April 3, 2024

Palestinian Chicago

Loren D. Lybarger
Hosted by Roberto Mazza

Chicago is home to one of the largest, most politically active Palestinian immigrant communities in the United States. For decades, secular nationalis…

Paul Hansen, "Hokkaido Dairy Farm: Cosmopolitics of Otherness and Security on the Frontiers of Japan" (SUNY Press, 2024)

April 3, 2024

Hokkaido Dairy Farm

Paul Hansen
Hosted by Yadong Li

As an ethnography of a Japanese dairy farm while having theoretical values going beyond the specific context, Hokkaido Dairy Farm: Cosmopolitics of Ot…

Naomi Cahn, et al., "Fair Shake: Women and the Fight to Build a Just Economy" (Simon & Schuster, 2023)

April 3, 2024

Fair Shake

Naomi Cahn, June Carbone. and Nancy Levit
Hosted by Deidre Tyler

A stirring, comprehensive look at the state of women in the workforce--why women's progress has stalled, how our economy fosters unproductive competit…

Erin L. Durban, "The Sexual Politics of Empire: Postcolonial Homophobia in Haiti" (U Illinois Press, 2023)

April 2, 2024

The Sexual Politics of Empire

Erin L. Durban
Hosted by Aleem Mahabir

Evangelical Christians and members of the global LGBTQI human rights movement have vied for influence in Haiti since the 2010 earthquake. Each side ac…

Alexandrina Vanke, "The Urban Life of Workers in Post-Soviet Russia: Engaging in Everyday Struggle" (Manchester UP, 2024)

April 1, 2024

The Urban Life of Workers in Post-Soviet Russia

Alexandrina Vanke
Hosted by Anna Zhelnina

Despite the intense processes of deindustrialisation around the world, the working class continues to play an important role in post-industrial societ…

Robert Bruno, "What Work Is" (U Illinois Press, 2024)

April 1, 2024

What Work Is

Robert Bruno
Hosted by Thomas Discenna

Robert Bruno is a professor of labor and employment relations at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, where he also serves as Director of the …

Ben Highmore, "Lifestyle Revolution: How Taste Changed Class in Late 20th-Century Britain" (Manchester UP, 2023)

March 31, 2024

Lifestyle Revolution

Ben Highmore

In postwar Britain, journalists and politicians predicted that the class system would not survive a consumer culture where everyone had TVs and washin…

Robert Willim, "Mundania: How and Where Technologies Are Made Ordinary" (Bristol UP, 2024)

March 30, 2024

Mundania

Robert Willim
Hosted by Jeff Adler

Robert Willim's new book Mundania: How and Where Technologies Are Made Ordinary (Bristol University Press, 2024), takes the reader on a journey throug…

Ya-Wen Lei, "The Gilded Cage: Technology, Development, and State Capitalism in China" (Princeton UP, 2023)

March 30, 2024

The Gilded Cage

Ya-Wen Lei
Hosted by Caleb Zakarin

Since the mid-2000s, the Chinese state has increasingly shifted away from labor-intensive, export-oriented manufacturing to a process of socioeconomic…

David E. Sutton, "Bigger Fish to Fry: A Theory of Cooking as Risk, with Greek Examples" (Berghahn, 2021)

March 28, 2024

Bigger Fish to Fry

David E. Sutton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

What defines cooking as cooking, and why does cooking matter to the understanding of society, cultural change and everyday life? Bigger Fish to Fry: A…

SunAh M. Laybourn, "Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants" (NYU Press, 2024)

March 27, 2024

Out of Place

SunAh M. Laybourn
Hosted by Leslie Hickman

Dr. SunAh M. Laybourn’s Out of Place: The Lives of Korean Adoptee Immigrants (NYU Press, 2024) explores the experiences of Korean adoptees, the larges…

Neil Gong, "Sons, Daughters, and Sidewalk Psychotics: Mental Illness and Homelessness in Los Angeles" (U Chicago Press, 2024)

March 27, 2024

Sons, Daughters, and Sidewalk Psychotics

Neil Gong
Hosted by Michael Johnston

Sociologist Neil M. Gong explains why mental health treatment in Los Angeles rarely succeeds, for the rich, the poor, and everyone in between. In…