Sociology

Sociology

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Jul 15, 2022
American Sociological Association plans to meet in LA in a few weeks despite fears about the new variant of COVID-19.

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August 16, 2005
Sociologists consider how to cover hot-button topics without losing control or civility.
August 15, 2005
Sociologists offer unexplored issues raised by the Harvard president's comments -- and suggestions on how colleges should change.
August 15, 2005
For decades, but especially in recent years, social scientists have been frustrated by institutional review boards, campus bodies that must approve studies involving human subjects.The IRB's, as they are called, are best known for their work on informed consent with medical research. But the boards also must approve projects in which sociologists conduct surveys or do interviews -- even though such work doesn't pose any of the dangers of, say, a drug whose side effects could be deadly.
August 3, 2005
Guns, Germs, and Steel: The Fates of Human Societies has had the kind of impact that most scholarly authors can only dream about for their works. First published by W.W. Norton in 1997, the book won a Pulitzer Prize the next year for its author, Jared Diamond, a professor of geography at the University of California at Los Angeles.
June 8, 2005
A sociology professor who called religious people "moral retards" declines department chair position.
June 6, 2005
A sociologist sues Georgetown College, charging that his wardrobe led to his non-renewal.
May 26, 2005
A new department chair's past writings set off a furor at Brooklyn College.
February 1, 2005
It's rare for a publication to print letters to the editor about articles published more than 25 years ago. But a letter in the new issue of The New York Review of Books couldn't have been published back then.The letter, "McCarthyism at Harvard," details the experiences of Robert N. Bellah, an emeritus professor of sociology at the University of California at Berkeley who previously taught at Harvard -- and ran into difficulties there in the 1950s because of his brief membership in the Communist Party while a Harvard undergraduate in the late 1940s.

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