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Making Sense of The Senseless: A Sociological Perspective on Mass Shootings
Friday, December 14, 2018
By Lauren Madden Instructor, Long Beach City College "You can't make sense of the senseless," said one of the police officers in response to the Borderline shooting on November 7, 2018, in Thousand Oaks, California. This statement really struck me....

The Definition of the Situation: Resisting Discussions of Death
Monday, December 10, 2018
By Karen Sternheimer A family member’s recent illness and passing highlighted a concept within micro sociology: the definition of the situation. This idea posits that situations come with social scripts that shape our behavior within any given context. How we...

A Tribute to Peter Kaufman
Friday, November 30, 2018
By Todd Schoepflin After a battle with lung cancer, sociologist Peter Kaufman died on November 19. This post pays tribute to the special person he was and the exceptional writing he produced. Less than a month before he died, Peter...

Identity and Retirement
Monday, November 26, 2018
By Karen Sternheimer Sociologist Michelle Pannor Silver’s new book, Retirement and its Discontents: Why We Won’t Stop Working, Even if We Can, is based on interviews with retirees, many of whom are struggling with the transition to retirement. Many of...

In Memoriam: Peter Kaufman
Tuesday, November 20, 2018
It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of our longtime blogger, Peter Kaufman. We are fortunate to have an archive of 105 posts that Peter wrote for this blog on a variety of topics, often focusing on...