New Books in Sociology

Interviews with Sociologists about their New Books

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David M. Halperin, "How to be Gay" (Harvard UP, 2012)

What does it mean to be gay? According to many people, gayness is simply homosexuality – a sexual orientation. However, as David M. Halperin argues in his new book How to be Gay (Belknap Press of Harvard University Press, 2012),…


 2013-02-25  31m

Nick Couldry, "Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice" (Polity Press, 2012)

In Media, Society, World: Social Theory and Digital Media Practice (Polity Press, 2012), Nick Couldry provides a sweeping synthesis of his important media theory over the last decade. Couldry reassesses his work on media rituals, media power,


 2013-02-04  1h1m

Christian J. Churchill and Gerald E. Levy, "The Enigmatic Academy Class, Bureaucracy, and Religion in American Education" (Temple UP, 2011)

According to the Marriam-Webster dictionary, an "enigma" can be defined as "something hard to understand or explain."  What is it that is so enigmatic about education?  Aren’t schools there to teach information, and expand people’s minds?


 2013-01-28  57m

Scott Melzer, “Gun Crusaders: The NRA’s Culture War” (NYU Press, 2012)

Scott Melzer is the author of Gun Crusaders: The NRA’s Culture War (New York University Press, 2012). Scott earned his Ph.D. from the University of California, Riverside and now is an associate professor of Sociology at Albion College.


 2012-12-13  23m

Signe Rousseau, “Food and Social Media: You Are What You Tweet” (AltaMira Press, 2012)

The other day I found myself in a cooking situation that’s fairly common: I had a few odd ingredients–some oxidized strips of bacon, a withered red pepper, a bunch of half-wilted parsley–and needed to use them before they went bad,…


 2012-12-13  52m

Keri E. Iyall Smith, "Sociology of Globalization: Cultures, Economies, and Politics" (Westview Press, 2012)

Globalization is one of those words we hear on an almost daily basis.  The world today is interconnected in ways that would have been unimaginable even twenty years ago.   It seems as if everyone knows what globalization is, but what…


 2012-11-30  30m

Brett Bebber, "Violence and Racism in Football: Politics and Cultural Conflict in British Society, 1968-1998″ (Pickering & Chatto, 2011)

This past September an independent panel commissioned in 2009 by the British government released its 395-page report on the Hillsborough Stadium disaster of April 1989.  The published findings and the accompanying release of documents confirmed what ha...


 2012-11-29  54m

Karen E. Fields and Barbara J. Fields, "Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in American Life" (Verso Books, 2012)

Racism is a process by which people are segregated and discriminated against based on their race, and race is defined as a set of physical characteristics which certain groups share. Or is it?  In Racecraft: The Soul of Inequality in …


 2012-11-11  41m

Jini Kim Watson, "The New Asian City: Three-Dimensional Fictions of Space and Urban Form (University of Minnesota Press, 2011)

Jini Kim Watson‘s book links literature, architecture, urban studies, film, and economic history into a wonderfully rich account of the fictions of urban transformation in Singapore, South Korea, and Taiwan.


 2012-11-06  1h8m

David Chura, "I Don’t Wish Nobody to Have a Life Like Mine: Tales of Kids in Adult Lockup" (Beacon Press, 2010)

It is easy to dismiss juveniles in prison as "bad seeds", as people with which we have nothing in common, and of which we want only distance.  David Chura, however, did not maintain his distance, and has been working…


 2012-10-25  54m