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Sociology April 2012 Archive

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"Tableside Racism" still exists

Monday April 30, 2012
A new study published in the Journal of Black Studies shows that restaurant wait staff regularly discriminate against African-American diners. More than 200 servers in 18 North Carolina restaurants were ... Read More

Normal Distribution

Friday April 27, 2012
In statistics and research, you will often hear the term normal distribution, but what exactly does this mean? A normal distribution is a theoretical idea that is based on theory ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Standard Deviation

Wednesday April 25, 2012
The standard deviation is a measure of variation that you will come across a lot in studies, journals, and statistics class. It is a basic and fundamental concept in statistics ... Read More

Breastfeeding Moms Suffer Penalty In Wages

Monday April 23, 2012
A study published in a recent edition of The American Sociological Review found that women who breast-feed for six months or more pay a penalty in wages for the rest ... Read More

Statistics Spotlight: Cluster Analysis

Friday April 20, 2012
Researchers are often looking for ways to organize observed data into meaningful structures or classifications. Cluster analysis is one way to do that. Cluster analysis is a statistical technique used ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Confidence Interval

Wednesday April 18, 2012
A confidence interval is a measure of estimation. It is an estimated range of values that is likely to include the population parameter being calculated. For instance, instead of estimating ... Read More

Increase in the Number of Children Born to Unmarried Parents

Monday April 16, 2012
New government figures just released show a trend that may not surprise most people: a growing number of firstborns in the United States have unmarried parents, reflecting a dramatic increase ... Read More

Increase In People Living Alone, And It Does Not Lead To Loneliness

Friday April 13, 2012
A new book by sociology professor called Going Solo: The Extraordinary Rise and Surprising Appeal of Living Alone explores the trend that is happening in affluent countries: more and more ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Cluster Sample

Wednesday April 11, 2012
Cluster sampling may be used when it is either impossible or impractical to compile an exhaustive list of the elements that make up the target population. Usually, however, the population ... Read More

Trayvon Martin's Death Sheds Light On Two Sides Of Racism

Monday April 9, 2012
There is a lot of talk lately about Trayvon Martin's death and whether or not it stemmed from racism. Martin was a 17-year-old black male who was shot to death ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Race

Wednesday April 4, 2012
Race is defined as a social category or social construction that we treat as distinct on the basis of certain characteristics, some biological, that have been assigned social importance in ... Read More

Trust in Science Declines Sharply Among Conservatives

Monday April 2, 2012
A new study published in the American Sociological Review finds that conservatives' trust in science has declined sharply since 1974, when conservatives had the highest trust in science. Confidence in ... Read More

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