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 -
What does it mean to you (yes, YOU there, reading this) to be an American? [more inside]
posted by bam
on Aug 17, 2007 -
Is there academic research that claims that viewing of advertising material a ritual of genderization? [more inside]
posted by bilabial
on Apr 28, 2007 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
Why are extremely religious people afraid of visiting/going/living in "Babylon"? [more inside]
posted by MrMulan
on Sep 18, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
: 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.
posted by stratastar
on Apr 7, 2005 -
What is the psychology/biology/(insert)-ology behind what we commonly refer to as "heartbreak?"
posted by playtragic
on Mar 31, 2005 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -
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 -