Interviews with sociologists about their new books.

Alessandra Montalbano, "Ransom Kidnapping in Italy: Crime, Memory, and Violence" (U Toronto Press, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Ransom Kidnapping in Italy

Alessandra Montalbano
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

For over thirty years, modern Italy was plagued by ransom kidnappings perpetrated by bandits and organised crime syndicates. Nearly 700 men, women, an…

Michelle Moffat, "Scottish Society in the Second World War: Tradition, Tension, Transformation" (Edinburgh UP, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Scottish Society in the Second World War

Michelle Moffat
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Surprisingly little is known about Scottish experiences of the Second World War. Scottish Society in the Second World War (Edinburgh University Press,…

Sören Schoppmeier, "Playing American: Open-World Videogames and the Reproduction of American Culture" (De Gruyter, 2023)

July 19, 2024

Playing American

Sören Schoppmeier

Videogames have always depicted representations of American culture, but how exactly they feed back into this culture is less obvious. Advocating an a…

Reid B. Locklin, "Hindu Mission, Christian Mission: Soundings in Comparative Theology" (SUNY Press, 2024)

July 18, 2024

Hindu Mission, Christian Mission

Reid B. Locklin
Hosted by Raj Balkaran

For some four hundred years, Hindus and Christians have been engaged in a public controversy about conversion and missionary proselytization, especial…

Kevin Loughran, "Parks for Profit: Selling Nature in the City" (Columbia UP, 2022)

July 18, 2024

Parks for Profit

Kevin Loughran
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

A new kind of city park has emerged in the early twenty-first century. Postindustrial parks transform the derelict remnants of an urban past into dist…

Mark R. Beissinger, "The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion" (Princeton UP, 2022)

July 17, 2024

The Revolutionary City

Mark R. Beissinger
Hosted by Dhouha Djerbi

Examining the changing character of revolution around the world, The Revolutionary City: Urbanization and the Global Transformation of Rebellion (Prin…

Sarah Milton, "Ageing and New Intimacies: Gender, Sexuality and Temporality in an English Salsa Scene" (Manchester UP, 2024)

July 17, 2024

Ageing and New Intimacies

Sarah Milton
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

The 'baby boom' generation, born between the 1940s and the 1960s, is often credited with pioneering new and creative ways of relating, doing intimacy …

Jill A. Fisher, "Adverse Events: Race, Inequality, and the Testing of New Pharmaceuticals" (NYU Press, 2020)

July 15, 2024

Adverse Events

Jill A. Fisher
Hosted by Claire Clark

Imagine that you volunteer for the clinical trial of an experimental drug. The only direct benefit of participating is that you will receive up to $5,…

Paula Bialski on Middletech, Software Work, and the Culture of Good Enough

July 15, 2024

Middle Tech, Software Work and the Culture of Good Enough

Paula Bialski
Hosted by Lee Vinsel

Peoples & Things host Lee Vinsel talks with Paula Bialski, an Associate Professor for Digital Sociology at the University of St. Gallen in St. Gallen,…

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo, "Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism" (Lexington, 2023)

July 12, 2024

Dance Music Spaces

Danielle Antoinette Hidalgo
Hosted by Michael Johnston

In Dance Music Spaces: Clubs, Clubbers, and DJs Navigating Authenticity, Branding, and Commercialism (Lexington Books, 2022), Danielle Antoinette Hida…

Maya Pagni Barak, "The Slow Violence of Immigration Court: Procedural Justice on Trial" (NYU Press, 2023)

July 11, 2024

The Slow Violence of Immigration Court

Maya Pagni Barak
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Each year, hundreds of thousands of migrants are moved through immigration court. With a national backlog surpassing one million cases, court hearings…

Life in a New Language, Part 5: Monolingual Mindset

July 10, 2024

Life in a New Language

Loy Lising

This episode of the Language on the Move Podcast is part of the Life in a New Language series. Life in a New Language is a new book just out from Oxfo…

Monika Krause, "Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites" (U Chicago Press, 2021)

July 10, 2024

Model Cases

Monika Krause
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

In Model Cases: On Canonical Research Objects and Sites (University of Chicago Press, 2021), Dr. Monika Krause asks about the concrete material resear…

Paul Rekret, "Take This Hammer: Work, Song, Crisis" (Goldsmiths Press, 2024)

July 10, 2024

Take This Hammer

Paul Rekret
Hosted by Gummo Clare

The emergence of the popular music industry in the early twentieth century not only drove a wedge between music production and consumption, it also un…

Angela Garcia, "The Way That Leads Among the Lost: Life, Death, and Hope in Mexico City's Anexos" (FSG, 2024)

July 9, 2024

The Way That Leads Among the Lost

Angela Garcia
Hosted by Claire Clark

Based on over a decade of research, a powerful, moving work of narrative nonfiction that illuminates the little-known world of the anexos of Mexico Ci…

Natasha L. Mikles, "Shattered Grief: How the Pandemic Transformed the Spirituality of Death in America" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 8, 2024

Shattered Grief

Natasha L. Mikles
Hosted by Jue Liang

The COVID-19 pandemic left millions grieving their loved ones without the consolation of traditional ways of mourning. Patients were admitted to hospi…

Jonathan Judaken, "Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 7, 2024

Critical Theories of Anti-Semitism

Jonathan Judaken
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite its persistence and viciousness, anti-Semitism remains undertheorized in comparison with other forms of racism and discrimination. How should …

Jonathan Tran, "Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism" (Oxford UP, 2021)

July 7, 2024

Asian Americans and the Spirit of Racial Capitalism

Jonathan Tran
Hosted by Shu Wan

Any serious consideration of Asian American life forces us to reframe the way we talk about racism and antiracism. There are two contemporary approach…

Catherine Tan, "Spaces on the Spectrum: How Autism Movements Resist Experts and Create Knowledge" (Columbia UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Spaces on the Spectrum

Catherine Tan
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Movements that take issue with conventional understandings of autism spectrum disorder, a developmental disability, have become increasingly visible. …

Jessie Abrahams, "Schooling Inequality: Aspirations, Opportunities and the Reproduction of Social Class" (Bristol UP, 2024)

July 6, 2024

Schooling Inequality

Jessie Abrahams
Hosted by Miranda Melcher

Despite a mass expansion of the higher education sector in the UK since the 1960s, young people from socio-economically disadvantaged backgrounds rema…