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Sociology Definition of the Week: Sick Role

Wednesday June 27, 2012
The "sick role" is a theory in medical sociology that was developed by Talcott Parsons. His theory of the sick role was developed in association with psychoanalysis. The sick role ... Read More

Book Spotlight: Fast Food Nation

Friday June 22, 2012
Fast Food Nation by Eric Schlosser is a book about how the fast food industry has shaped the American way of life. Since it's inception, fast food has widened the ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Organic and Mechanical Solidarity

Wednesday June 20, 2012
In The Division of Labor in Society, Emile Durkheim discusses how the division of labor is beneficial for society because it increases the reproductive capacity, the skill of the workman, ... Read More

Smaller Towns More Extroverted?

Monday June 18, 2012
Recent research has suggested that people in smaller towns are more extroverted than people who live in larger cities. Researchers at PYCO, a marketing firm, analyzed publicly available data from ... Read More

Sociology Discipline Spotlight: Sociology of Work

Friday June 15, 2012
Work, in sociology, is defined as the carrying out of tasks, which involves the expenditure of mental and physical effort, and its objective is the production of goods and services ... Read More

Sociology Definition of the Week: Data Cleaning

Wednesday June 13, 2012
Data cleaning is a crucial part of data analysis, particularly when you collect your own quantitative data. After you collect the data, you must enter it into a computer program ... Read More

Racial Segregation Still Prevalent

Monday June 11, 2012
A recent study published in the American Sociological Review finds that residential racial segregation is far from over. Despite legally enforced segregation ending decades ago, the study finds that white ... Read More

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