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you got map'd

What are the best essays, books, or scholarly articles regarding the social role of maps? Both pre- and post- web 2.0, google earth mash ups, and the like. I'm familiar with the Situationalist critique, but wonder where else to begin reading. [more inside]
posted by pinto on Nov 25, 2007 - 5 answers

In search of maps with a higher purpose

I'm looking for Web sites that use interactive maps to display social phenomena, such as Oakland CrimeSpotting. They don't need to be that sophisticated. I'm especially interested in maps related to poverty and education.
posted by desjardins on Nov 12, 2007 - 10 answers

Studies about online social behavior?

Has anyone done any sociology-type studies about online message board behavior between users? The stuff that we're used to - flame outs, pile ons, and the like. Bonus points for any books that might be a good read.
posted by agregoli on Nov 9, 2007 - 14 answers

How do I write this paper: [Blank's] effect on society?

I'm trying to write a paper on [blank]'s Effects on Society. I'm trying to find a paper to mirror with the similar skeleton, are there any "must read" papers that have similar scope? [more inside]
posted by erd0c on Oct 28, 2007 - 5 answers

Good morning, plate of beans!

(If you are male) Do women meet your gaze/say hello/acknowledge that you exist when you are out walking? This probably seems like a ridiculous question, but it's been bugging me for a long time. [more inside]
posted by stinkycheese on Oct 17, 2007 - 81 answers

What am I getting myself into?

The Seattle Freeze: What am I getting myself into? [more inside]
posted by vitrum on Oct 12, 2007 - 22 answers

Took courses, got A's, still not sure what it is.

When I was younger, I read a sociology textbook trying to find out why sociology was treated as a separate discipline and how it differs fundamentally from the other social sciences. I learned a lot about Weber and Durkheim, but I still don't get it. Can you help? [more inside]
posted by StrikeTheViol on Sep 11, 2007 - 12 answers

Why are you American?

What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
posted by bam on Aug 17, 2007 - 113 answers

Sociological terms for dating

Help me find the sociological terms for some ideas related to dating. [more inside]
posted by philosophistry on Jul 23, 2007 - 24 answers

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western?

What sites might you visit, books might you read, etc., to research writing a western? [more inside]
posted by kittens for breakfast on Jul 3, 2007 - 21 answers

How do women know how to be women in America?

Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization? [more inside]
posted by bilabial on Apr 28, 2007 - 25 answers

Books About Online Culture?

Book filter: I am looking for recommendations for recent books written about online culture for a Sociology course I am teaching this summer. The book doesn't need to be sociological.
posted by Quartermass on Apr 20, 2007 - 14 answers

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet?

Are there any essays or studies naming and analyzing the concept of 'freedom' as developed on the internet? [more inside]
posted by Lockeownzj00 on Apr 3, 2007 - 14 answers

Concurrence between online and offline personality?

Anyone know of any well-written studies detailing how different psychological makeups of internet users affect the development of internet communities? [more inside]
posted by modernnomad on Feb 2, 2007 - 2 answers

Working with numbers and people

What makes sense as a summer job for a math and sociology major who does a little bit of everything? [more inside]
posted by thisjax on Feb 2, 2007 - 3 answers

Enjoyable books about bad things.

I'm looking for good books about other people's misery. [more inside]
posted by kmennie on Jan 23, 2007 - 37 answers

What's the sociological term for our acceptance of cumulative airport security demands?

Is there a word or phrase that describes people's ready acceptance of increasingly odd and demanding airport security procedures? [more inside]
posted by AgentRocket on Nov 29, 2006 - 40 answers

Sociopaths and their retail victims

HumanBehaviorFilter: Why are some customers so nasty to the people serving them? [more inside]
posted by LightStruk on Oct 5, 2006 - 72 answers

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"?

What's the difference between "society" and "culture"? [more inside]
posted by imposster on Sep 24, 2006 - 5 answers

Am I being short changed while they try to convert me?

Who are the key players in the current study of the Sociology of Religion [more inside]
posted by sourbrew on Sep 21, 2006 - 11 answers

american atheist or agnostic

Please it's not a debate about if its right or wrong to be godless ! [more inside]
posted by luis huiton on May 6, 2006 - 66 answers

How do I work an audience?

How do I make the audience like me? [more inside]
posted by RokkitNite on Mar 25, 2006 - 16 answers

Lumpy Earth---gravity's effects on us?

Gravity/Life/SocietyFilter: So the Earth is all lumpy, with more or less gravity in some places. Has anyone ever corroborated it with life/social/world things? Many questions inside... [more inside]
posted by amberglow on Feb 18, 2006 - 33 answers

What can I do with a Sociology degree?

What can I do with a degree in Sociology? [more inside]
posted by pwally on Dec 21, 2005 - 25 answers

What can I learn about women's changing roles in the world?

In the U.S., we get all caught up in the decisions that adult women make and the consequences of those decisions. (To have children, not to have children, to work, to stay home with the children, not to work, to marry, to have children without marrying, etc.) Are there similar convulsions about these cultural issues in other countries, especially non-English speaking ones? How can I learn about them? I'm curious both about how women's roles in in their societies are changing and about how those societies are reacting to the changes.
posted by croutonsupafreak on Nov 30, 2005 - 6 answers

Ethics of online research

I am a research assistant for a project that involves studying participants in a website for a particular deviant sexuality. I think my research methodology is unethical, but my supervisor disagrees. What can I do? Is the internet a public or private place? [more inside]
posted by anonymous on Nov 27, 2005 - 47 answers

Esoteric sociological peer-pressure related terminology?

obscure sociological concept: I seem to recall at some point learning that there is a specific name for when two people (or a group) engage in an activity that neither individual is interested in because they each believe that the other feels strongly about the activity. [more inside]
posted by cmyr on Nov 27, 2005 - 5 answers

Difference between psych and soc?

What is the real difference between psychology and sociology? Does a concise and thorough explanation exist anywhere? I'm thinking particularly in terms of social interactions and The Self. Both seem to be viable topics in both sociology and psychology. I perceive a lot of overlap between the two disciplines. Am I wrong? Do sociologists and psychologist agree with me?
posted by lalalana on Nov 15, 2005 - 13 answers

Why are extremely religious people afraid of "Bablyon"?

Why are extremely religious people afraid of visiting/going/living in "Babylon"? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan on Sep 18, 2005 - 27 answers

Any academic-type literature on furry fandom?

Has there been any serious evaluation of the psychology and sociology behind furry fandom? Or is it usually only mentioned as a subgroup of fandoms in general?
posted by monsterhero on Sep 13, 2005 - 6 answers

Life under the Midnight Sun

I'm looking for good media resources (especially books) on the lands of the midnight sun (and ?daytime darkness?). Works that cover sociology, culture, work habits, sleep habits and other interesting aspects and adaptations of people living in such conditions.
posted by daksya on Jun 13, 2005 - 7 answers

Intelligence then and now.

Do you think you are a smarter person than the average upper-middle class person of 300 years ago? [more inside]
posted by ashbury on Jun 7, 2005 - 37 answers

Why are some people's yards full of junk?

I'm not sure if there's a PC way to ask this, but here goes: why are the properties of the economically disadvantaged so often replete with a miscellany of objects of questionable utility and/or value? [more inside]
posted by gottabefunky on Apr 19, 2005 - 36 answers

Any sociologists/sociology majors on here?

My mind is a total blank and I can't think of theorists that explainined ideas of identity and how identity is constructed, if anyone knows and owuld like to share I would be eternally grateful!
posted by bluehermit on Apr 9, 2005 - 16 answers

christian fundamentalism and it's determinants

Regression Filter: For my undergraduate thesis, I am working on determining economic and social determinants of christian fundamentalism. I am having some trouble analyzing the orbit probit regressions that I am running. [more inside]
posted by stratastar on Apr 7, 2005 - 7 answers

How do you explain heartbreak?

What is the psychology/biology/(insert)-ology behind what we commonly refer to as "heartbreak?"
posted by playtragic on Mar 31, 2005 - 11 answers

Religious Conviction History

Has data ever been assembled showing the religous convictions of Americans over time, starting at the countries conception? A sort of compendium of the religious history of the United States... It seems as though such a thing should certainly exist, but I've yet to find it.
posted by phrontist on Feb 23, 2005 - 8 answers

Sociology Bookfilter

I read a book about 15 years ago called the Sociology of Sex. Judging by the condition of the book, it must have been published in the late 60s or early 70s in the UK although I might be wrong on the place. It was a paperback with a grey cover. I've forgotten the author's name, and googling/powelling comes up short. I think the book may be out of print. Can the all powerful Askme help point me in the right direction? (There is a more recent publication out there called the Sociology of sex; I've checked and its not an updated version of the book i'm talking about)
posted by ramix on Feb 18, 2005 - 5 answers

Why were people in the 1800s smart about engineering while dumb about medicine?

Why were people in olden days so smart about some things, but so dense about others? (more inside) [more inside]
posted by stupidsexyFlanders on Sep 16, 2004 - 35 answers

Reading on social structure of virtual communities?

I am interested in the social structure/stratification of virtual communities. Any good reads on this topic? [more inside] [more inside]
posted by Quartermass on Sep 15, 2004 - 15 answers

Recommendations for fiction?

A friend in a sociology graduate program has turned to me for advice and I could use yours: she is required to read a book of fiction (a novel or short story collection) per week for a course, and wants recommendations. [more inside]
posted by melissa may on Sep 12, 2004 - 56 answers

Reality of the Stanford Prison Experiment

Everytime I read about the Stanford Prison Experiment, I become skeptical. I can believe the kinds of things that are described happened, I just can't believe they happened so fast. Is there any evidence things didn't happen as described, that the happenings were exaggerated?
posted by weston on Aug 28, 2004 - 28 answers

Information Age books

I'm looking for any books (or studies), recommendations that might tackle the dynamics and relationships of repression/suppression psychological mechanisms and profit-driven media in the so-called "Information Age," and its possible effect in societies.

I'd love to see serious research into the current notion that humans are indeed straying from preexisting social formations thanks to electrical and electronic communication systems (i.e. "growing desensitized"). Thanks in advance. Any related info is welcome, and truly appreciated. Psych majors/graduates? Social theory majors/graduates? [more inside]
posted by oog on Jul 18, 2004 - 2 answers

Scientific Advancement

Is there a limit to scientific advancement? If there is only a certain number of elements to the universe, will there reach a technology plateau? [more inside]
posted by the fire you left me on Jul 17, 2004 - 24 answers

Group Behavior

Psychology/Sociology Q [I think?] Does anyone else experience participatory inhibition when immersed in a like minded group? For example, a creative person becoming unusually shy/quiet within a team of creative people working on a [design] task? Lurkers on MeFi or other online communities might be another example. Or, the opposite: a creative person's creativity amplified [uninhibited?] in the presence of less creative people?

Is it a matter of personality/psychology? Is it confidence/self assuredness? Is it alterable? Imaginary?!

Sources for further reading and help clarifying the question appreciated.
posted by yoga on Apr 30, 2004 - 6 answers

Why should I vote in the election if I'm uninformed?

In the gray, Mathowie wrote, "it's my hope that all Americans take part in the democratic process ... I'm kinda pissed that American Idol logs half as many votes as the entire last presidential election every wednesday night. Get out there and vote, people!" I admit that I haven't voted in ten years. Why should I? [More inside.] [more inside]
posted by grumblebee on Apr 23, 2004 - 95 answers

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