What are the gripping must-reads in scientific sociology? What are sociological studies that really changed how we view certain cultures/groups etc? [more inside]
What are the cultural milieux for the various national rugby fraternities? [more inside]
Does anyone know of any research into social media platforms and the phenomena of looking up people from one's past? Surveys? Sociological Research?
What breakthrough researchers- with their methods & fields- are examining interactions between behavior and social structures. [more inside]
Please suggest concise references on the Chicago school of sociology, that are relevant to planning. [more inside]
I'm looking for a talk given by two sociologists about how underground music is the driving force behind mainstream music.
I'm looking for a talk given by two sociologists about how underground music is the driving force behind mainstream music. [more inside]
Assuming that I am going to be pursuing a PhD in mathematical sociology, applied mathematics, or organizational analysis with no background in higher math with only the resources to take a few classes at the local college how do I go about it? More info and 3 specific questions inside. [more inside]
According to some sources, Marx argued that the mechanism of social change was the contradiction between the material forces of production and the relations of production, whilst elsewhere it is argued that Marx saw social change as arising from the conflicting interests of different social classes. My question is, assuming that Marx stated that both of these contradictions brought about social change, what is the relationship between class conflict and the conflict between relations and forces of production?
Which gay characters in mainstream films have been played by gay actors? [more inside]
Can you help me find a picture online of Prof. Richard LaPiere, the renowned sociologist?
I sometimes see the phrases 'to go on' and 'going on,' enclosed in quotation marks, mentioned in philosophy, sociology, social science, etc. To 'go on' seems to mean to accomplish everyday activity. But where does the phrase come from? Wittgenstein? Is it so obvious that no-one needs to cite it? Thanks! [more inside]
Please help me find statistics on victimless crime. More specifically, I’m looking for statistics showing what proportion of U.S. crime during a given period—a month, a year, whatever—is considered victimless. (Without endorsing this definition, for this project I consider victimless crime to be crime that doesn’t involve direct harm to others: drug use not linked to violent trafficking, sodomy (pre-Lawrence v. Texas), public nudity, etc.)
What are the best academic journals in each field? [more inside]
Help me discover engaging, popular-level sociology books. [more inside]
I have certain feelings, beliefs, and opinions that don't seem to match those of the rest of the Western World. I feel like I'm going crazy. What, if anything, can I do to deal with it? [more inside]
I have found a grad program I am interested in that seems like a good join between my interests and making money. However, I need to have a little more soc/psych before I begin taking it. I am trying to find online classes to accomplish this but I'm having trouble finding A) affordable and B) online. [more inside]
I'd like to learn about the history of what people have thought about dreams and dreaming, particularly in Western culture in the broad period between medieval times and Freud. What books or other resources discuss this in a serious, thorough fashion? [more inside]
Examples from history of groups who were oppressed becoming oppressors? [more inside]
Why do (American) women tend to avoid casual eye contact with men as they walk by, enter an elevator, etc... I know there is the obvious issue of not wanting to appear “interested” or send a sexual signal...but does that explain everything? [more inside]
Need help finding passages where Foucault concentrates on the concept of the episteme in his The Order of Things. Would also like some help with comparing this concept to Kuhn's paradigm idea. [more inside]
Can anybody explain Habermas in brief? Or point me to some good resources (other than wikipedia)?
Are there books on the history of sociology (or social psycology) told through the sociologists? [more inside]
I used to enjoy a podcast titled "Josh in Japan" produced by an ordinary guy living in Japan who talked about his daily experiences adjusting to Japanese culture. I am looking for other podcasts in this vein. [more inside]
What is the most important scientific question of our time? [more inside]
What are some sociology phd programs where I would be supported in (where research is already being done) studying the interaction between social-psycology (micro-interaction) and culture. [more inside]
What are the traits documented to be universal across all cultures? Trying to google it, but with no luck. [more inside]
Looking for examples of artists using scientific, sociological, mathematical, ethnographic, or psychological devices in their practice. Bonus points for funny. [more inside]
A few years ago I formulated a sociological theory about the evolution of terms used to refer to those afflicted by certain classes of disabilities, whether physical or mental, in which more functional members of the class resent being "bundled" with less functional members and are hence in a constant, mostly subconscious, quest for differentiation. This leads to development of ever more benign terms ("handicapable!") which themselves quickly become associated with the whole, therefore perpetuating the cycle. The theory seemed obvious to me when I thought of it, but I've yet to see it espoused or debunked elsewhere. Have you? Or, failing that, do you see any obvious arguments for or against it? [more inside]
Looking for light, sociological holiday reading material... [more inside]
What "rules of thumb" or "instincts" of the human mind are commonly applicable? [more inside]
What do we know about gregariousness in human behavior? [more inside]
Choosing a bachelor's degree program if I want to be a mediator: social science or sociology (or something else?) [more inside]
Where do i find some of the top professors and researchers (in universities) doing Micro-Sociology (interaction or social mechanism based). This is the level of research that I wish to focus my research on, I just cant seem to find the researchers using that level of analysis. Also, are there some seminal texts in the micro sociology fields. [more inside]
What are the chances that I will be able to get a job outside of my discipline following completion of the PhD? [more inside]
Is there anything in real life like Xavier Institute for Higher Learning, formerly Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters minus the mutants? [more inside]
Who are the best magazine and newspaper feature writers, past and present? [more inside]
Where can I find religious publications (any religion) on the topic of trust? [more inside]
Can you recommend some books to me similar to the sociology-of-a-subculture style of Hunter S. Thompson's Hell's Angels, Sudhir Venkatesh's Gang Leader for a Day and Bill Buford's Among the Thugs? [more inside]
Some months ago, I came across a map created by (I think) a sociologist, depicting one student's daily travel routines in (I think) Paris. It shows clearly that the subject's life clusters closely around home, work, and university. It is not from Strange Maps, and Google is not helping. Has anyone else seen this?
Why/how do people cultivate mystique through Facebook profiles? [more inside]
It is a truth universally acknowledged that a single woman in possession of a manuscript must be in want of reference materials.
Can you please recommend some books on daily life, home life, and general society in the UK and the US in the 1840s - 1880s for me? I already have What Jane Austen Ate, and What Charles Dickens Knew and An Elegant Madness. It doesn't have to be specifically on daily life- creative nonfiction like Larson's The Devil in the White City or Johnson's The Ghost Map are awesome, too.
Please help me learn more about cultures different from my own? [more inside]
Looking for a history of Iceland... [more inside]
Help me find scholarship on Asian Massage Parlors [more inside]
Good books that about a type of person/subculture/etc., which does not necessarily hang out together or think of itself as a group? [more inside]
KinkFilter: Is there currently any sociological research on sexual kinks, specifically long-term BDSM relationships? My friend and I were talking a couple days ago, and we were wondering if D/s dynamics were more common among certain demographics (i.e., college-educated, middle class, particular ethnic groups, certain religions, etc.), and I decided that MeFi might know if anyone was publishing on this stuff.
Help me find an essay about a woman working in an affluent toy store during the holiday season and a life like baby doll is the hot ticket item but nobody wants to adopt the minority baby dolls or the "mutant" display doll. [more inside]
I found my dream school, but everyone is telling me to apply to secondary choices. I need to find sociology PhD programs that value public sociology and have solid social psychology/organizational theory focuses. [more inside]
I'm trying to find a psychological/sociological study on men and women's views of the ideal female body type. [more inside]
Help clarify C. Wright Mill's "The Sociological Imagination" to me! [more inside]