An interesting new book aims to show children and young adults the value and importance of vaccinations. I have often wondered how children and young adults understand vaccinations, and how this matters given their parents are the ones that are the “gatekeepers” to immunizations.
A curious question. Here’s a panel of noted intellectuals, business leaders, and others responding. Take a look!
In addition to the alienating/dehumanizing aspects of working in the fast food industry, as noted by Marx, Weber, and Ritzer, low wages also prevent employees from fully realizing their human potential. Here’s a look at the social movement to increase fast food workers’ wages:
I was recently interviewed by Richard Gordon, creator and host of Campus Voices at the University of Delaware, about my work on the rhetoric of anti-science. Have a listen:
Many thanks to Richard for allowing me to come on the air a second time (!), and to his new intern Sarah for her hard work throughout the interview.
UPDATE: a recent, timely discussion of the controversy surrounding anti-vaccine rhetoric in the media:
UPDATE 2: more data on recent increases in preventable diseases among children:
I am teaching a new course this fall 2014 semester called “Environment and Health” (SOCI 367-011). Here’s a brief description:
“Couched in the sociological perspective of popular epidemiology, this course shows students how both traditional epidemiology and citizen-science alliances are at the forefront of environmental and health issues.”
Have you ever heard of a community fighting against a refinery’s pollution? How about communities that are literally on top of toxic soil? What sorts of things, scientific and otherwise, are happening in these communities to address these issues? If community-level health social movements, citizen-science alliances, the social construction of health knowledge, and ethics of sociological research interest you, come join us!
One burgeoning area of interest for sociologists and criminologists is the impact of climate change on crime. Stream an excellent podcast on the issue below, featuring Robert Agnew, from our friends at Office Hours.
Have you ever wondered why speed limits are set to certain speeds? I guess you probably think they have something to do with higher speeds causing more traffic fatalities, right? Wrong. Here’s an interesting quip on the complex relationship between law, social policy, and human health:
Despite being a relatively new phenomenon, recent research suggests that gendered double-standards regarding sex and sexuality are common in the world of “sexting” among youth. Here’s the story:
Interested in how technology comes to succeed or fail in a society? Have you ever seen a VHS? How about a Betamax?
In recognition of this year’s Father’s Day, here’s an interesting story about some courageous fathers in West Baltimore City:
Have you ever given thought to where your gown comes from, or what happens to it? What do you plan to do with yours after convocation?
Congratulations, 2014 graduates! You’re going to hear A LOT of advice about what to do now, what’s important in life, etc., so why not heed just a little more from a couple of sociologists?