New Books in Sociology

Interviews with Sociologists about their New Books

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Elizabeth A. Armstrong and Laura T. Hamilton, "Paying for the Party: How College Maintains Inequality" (Harvard UP, 2013)

One of the basic rules of human behavior is that people generally want to do what their peers do. If your friends like jazz, you’ll probably like jazz. If your friends want to go to the movies, you’ll probably want…


 2013-08-09  1h8m

Matthew W. Hughey, "White Bound: Nationalists, Antiracists, and the Shared Meanings of Race" (Stanford UP, 2012)

Whiteness studies has confirmed that race is a social construction, even for whites, and that the identity we understand as white is also a social invention. Those who benefit from this invention accrue privileges that others either must pay dearly…


 2013-08-09  40m

David Garland, "Peculiar Institution: America’s Death Penalty in an Age of Abolition" (Harvard UP, 2010)

Why is it that the United States continues to enforce the death penalty when the rest of the Western world abolished its use a little over three decades ago? That question, along with many other equally important questions, is at…


 2013-08-05  52m

Martha C. Howell, "Commerce Before Capitalism in Europe, 1300-1600″ (Cambridge UP, 2010)

When I was an undergraduate, I was taught that merchants in early modern Western Europe were "proto-capitalists." I was never quite sure what that meant. If it meant they traded property for money, yes. But that would make everyone who…


 2013-07-17  1h7m

Nancy Segal, "Born Together-Reared Apart: The Landmark Minnesota Twin Study" (Harvard UP, 2012)

Identical twins, separated at birth, raised in different families, and reunited in adulthood. In 1979, psychology researchers in Minnesota found some twins who had been reunited after a lifetime of separation,


 2013-06-28  50m

Paula Huston, “A Season of Mystery: 10 Spiritual Practices for Embracing a Happier Second Half of Life” (Loyola Press, 2012)

“Paula Huston wrote literary fiction for more than twenty years before shifting her focus to spirituality. She is the author of the critically acclaimed novel Daughters of Song (Random House, 1995), which the Baltimore Sun called “far and away…


 2013-06-11  1h13m

Elizabeth H. Pleck, "Not Just Roommates: Cohabitation after the Sexual Revolution" (Chicago UP, 2012)

Most countries, believing that married people form a kind of demographic and political bedrock, promote marriage (and, of course, child-having within wedlock). Nonetheless, many couples choose to live together before marriage and many choose not to get...


 2013-05-31  45m

James Dawes, "Evil Men" (Harvard UP, 2013)

This week a Syrian rebel ripped the heart out of a loyalist fighter and ate part of it. You can see it on YouTube. Many people asked "How can people do things like this?" In his new book Evil Men…


 2013-05-16  56m

Azar Gat, "Nations: The Long History and Deep Roots of Political Ethnicity and Nationalism" (Cambridge UP, 2013)

When I went to college long ago, everyone had to read Marx and Engels’ Communist Manifesto (1848). I think I read it in half-a-dozen classes. Today Marx is out.  Benedict Anderson, however, is in. You’d be hard-pressed to get a…


 2013-04-09  51m

Neil Gross, "Why are Professors Liberal and Why do Conservatives Care?" (Harvard UP, 2013)

Most people think that professors are more liberal, and some much more liberal, than ordinary folk. As Neil Gross shows in his eye-opening Why are Professors Liberal and Why do Conservatives Care? (Harvard UP, 2013), "most people" are right: academia…


 2013-04-08  57m